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Wow, jaymie, this is looking brill-eee-ant!!!! I'm excited to see this happening & i'm only viewing it via the internet!! can't imagine how you're feeling about it... it's definitely like making a baby. A labouriously difficult, many-pieced, watery, plastic-wood-metal-concrete baby...

Fun, and worth the wait!! heheheh...

or not.

Either way, it's very very cool. I love the upright tubing, that's a great idea. I've got a couple in my courtyard that I'd setup a couple of months ago, for strawb's... so far so good! I'm looking forward to seeing how they go in your AP system. :D

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Yeh Jaymie looking the goods.

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well, the unplanned 90% water change is underway :shock:

I went up to turn off the pump to feed the fish the morning and found about 20cm of water left in the monster. During the night the outlet hose of the pump blew off and the water just pumped out of the tank :( .

We're just using the pump to aerate the water at this stage, until all the plumbing is finished (today and tomorrow - was going to be Wed and Thurs but had a migraine instead :wink:) The outlet back to the tank is a garden hose fitting and the hose just blew out of its clampy thing.

All that lovely fish water has watered the carpets, and not gone any where near a useful garden bed :cry:

On a positive note, the fish seem to be fine, if a little surprised about the tidal issues they are having. I placed the proper pump in a better spot and I cleaned out a heap of gum leaves too.

The hose is now running full tilt to fill it back up. Good thing I've got allocation to spare at the moment.


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Goodness! It's good you went out when you did. The fish might have been flopping on the bottom.

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no, the pump was running dry, (just as bad) the inlet is up off the floor of the tank, you can see it in the first photo.


Could have been VERY baaaad

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Wow, sounds like you need to use one of those nifty Geyser pumps like Les and I are 'inventing'. They don't burn out if they run dry. :D

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soon, soon, the Murray pump will get its time in the sun!

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That was fun :wink: Nearly 7500L later, the tank is full again. Of course the water is stirred up. But the fish seem to be okay. The bigger ones aren't to be seen, but all the rainbow fry and fingerlings are up the top (where they always are) looking for food.

Now I can get back to the planned job for the day, more plumbing (this time trying to do it without injurying myself! More cuts and scrapes and bruises from over-enthusiasm!)

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....had a migraine instead


reckon I would have a major one also if I found my tank empty, nice recovery tho :wink:

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Ouch Jaymie. an Ap nightmare, no water! Could you hook upsome sort of float to activate a bell buzzer light if the water gets too low?

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Ouch Jaymie. an Ap nightmare, no water! Could you hook upsome sort of float to activate a bell buzzer light if the water gets too low?
Hi jamie i have been thinking of a ball valve to come on for 5 min before the pump starts


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Well saved Jaymie, I know that feeling when you walk up close and can't see the surface of the water. Lucky timing saves the day!

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Any chance in squeezing rocks for the added water needed :D

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Been there too, but only lost just under half my water... not so nice when you realise what could have happened :shock:

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Here's the fan prototype (thought I'd better put it in here :wink:)
The blade at the back turns the fan with the direction of the wind.

The auto-maggot-feeder loaded with the custom-made fuel "piece-a-pizza" can also be seen. Should start delivering soon :twisted:


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