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PostPosted: May 22nd, '11, 18:45 
More delays waiting on the hydroton supply... and transport difficulties.... but near complete...

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(Second row actually has the clay balls in now)

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PostPosted: May 22nd, '11, 18:46 
Just need to plumb the grow bed supplies, and tank pumps in....

Hopefully the "sparkie" will return this week... and connect the power... :roll:


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PostPosted: May 22nd, '11, 22:41 
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Then of course it rained on and off for the rest of the week...

Finally got a break on Saturday... and poured the post hole footings...

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And went up today.. and stripped the bracing off... ready to start putting up the arches on Monday...

And of course... it started bloody raining... again... :roll:

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Hate to mention those roof archers are going the wrong way the should be up :think:

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PostPosted: May 27th, '11, 16:31 
Sparkie connected the power today... curtain winders on... just a matter of filling up the tanks...

Peter, the client, can certainly be considered a dedicated AP'er... he's already initiated an expansion to the system... before it's even turned on.... :D :laughing3:

Spotted an unused blue tub a while back, and thought.. humm.. that'd make a good fingerling/hospital tank...

Then, the other day... the gardener emptied out an overgrown plant bed... and I thought... humm.. that'd make a good grow bed for the fingerling/hospital tank...

The farm manager had already talked about putting some dwarf fruit trees down the middle of the greenhouse... and so the idea was born...

Tank and grow bed.... down the end of the greenhouse...

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And a staggered row of half wine barrels down the middle...

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PostPosted: May 27th, '11, 16:33 
And there but a bit of plumbing... is another little system... :wink:

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I should point out that Peter has previously had an aquaponics system while living in Singapore


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Hey John, how are you going to plumb in the win barrels?

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PostPosted: May 27th, '11, 17:49 
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Beautiful!! Seems like a big tent for just six GB's thou...

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Looks so neat, bet they can't wait to get it planted and get the fish in.
Well done Rupe :thumbleft:

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Your always talking about grow beds and fish Rup?! I want to know why i was not invited to help drink the wine :naughty:


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PostPosted: May 27th, '11, 22:37 
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Hey John, how are you going to plumb in the win barrels?


The grow bed will be raised and partially positioned over the tank to drain back via a standard overflow standpipe (timer based)....

You can see that the grow bed has a couple of small holes in each end...

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One end will be plugged.. the other will have a 19/13mm reducer fitted into it....

From that we'll just run a 13mm tube spine between the barrels and tee off into each barrel...

Each timer cycle will deliver a small amount of water during the full flood stage...

We'll fit a small valve to control or shut off the flow... depending on season, heat, evaporation and/or moisture of the barrels... the barrels will drain to waste any excess water...

The hole in the blue tank is being fitted with a float valve to automatically top up as required...


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PostPosted: May 27th, '11, 22:38 
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Your always talking about grow beds and fish Rup?! I want to know why i was not invited to help drink the wine :naughty:


You would have had to tread the grapes first Hazno.... :D


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PostPosted: Jun 2nd, '11, 15:46 
System(s) already for fish....

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PostPosted: Jun 2nd, '11, 15:48 
Stocked 25 x Silver Perch into each tank today....

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Nice spot up here.... panorama (East to North... continued below)

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PostPosted: Jun 2nd, '11, 15:49 
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You see a view like that and it makes you wonder why we're all living in suburbia... but then the next day you've forgotten all about it and you're back to the 9-5 grind, traffic jams, living in your neighbours pocket... etc! :dontknow:

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