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I liberated tubs from my father to construct this. The hard part was finding expanded clay pellets. Expensive! If I build another system, I will order a couple tons of pea gravel!

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The circle of black tube is perforated so water trickles over the clay pellets and out through the bulhead fitting.

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I had to protect the bulkhead fitting so the clay pellets would not clog things up.

The system is cycling up now, and there are two goldfish from the pond hiding near the bottom.

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Nice and so simple, Janet!

You could easily add a Simmo-style auto-siphon to the outside of the black tub with a tube, to make it flood and drain. Check out Simmo's systems for pictures of this.

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yes nice simple way to experiment. Is the corner going to get enough sunlight you think?


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Sunlight is my biggest concern right now. The sunroom faces southwest, but I don't think I could do tomatoes or peppers with this amount of light. However, I have had various houseplants out there that did fine. Lettuce and some other leafy greens don't need as much light, so I think they would work. Wasabi is another possibility, but I don't think I can get plants shipped over the winter.

I just had to go out and acquire a submersible heater. Although the goldfish can take it, the water temperature is only about 60F/15C. Brrrr! The goldfish barely eat at that temperature. I also got a small sack of crushed coral since the buffering on the water is low, and so is the pH (6.4!)

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Good anticipation on the water temperature. It affects sytem metabolism. More light/heat = greater yield. My quest for sunlight led to a big (BIG) hole in my roof. http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum ... c&start=90

Not suggesting this unless you become truly obsessed, the I say DO IT

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Go Janet! no mucking around.
From experience i think that tub is about as big as you could go without suffering poor water distribution with continuous flow.

You have aquariums, yes?

Do a water change -out into your new system, and also liberate some "muck" from you aquarium filter. You know all about nitrogen cycling.

There has also been talk abuot a a secondary growth burst phenomenon that occurs up to a year after stable operation. It has been suggested that it is whne the system has a complete ecosystem of micro flora and fauna. using a one year old system water will fast track this, but water from a long term aquarium should also help.

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Full steam ahead Janet! Don't waste any time.

Your children are only small aren't they? You might want to screen the tank somehow, to prevent unauthorised entry, of children and of toys!



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Michael,
The hole in your roof is great! So is the setup!! I will avoid holes in my roof for now. I have more windows than you do.

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I'm one ahead of you. I lifted some mucky filter rocks out of the pond when I nabbed the goldfish! I'm interested in your comment about continuous flow. I had wondered what the big deal was about flood-n-drain. I think I see the point, now. I stared at the auto-siphon idea for the longest time before I understood the elegance of the solution. Hmmm, I'm doing scribbles for a larger system right now, and maybe I should design it as flood-n-drain, then.

Jaymie,
Good point about screening the tank. My youngest is almost 4 (and you think she'd know better), but I have had to chase off both her and the 6.5 year old from splashing in the water. The greater issue may be the cats. They are veeery interested in the pretties wiggling in the water.

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[quote] Hmmm, I'm doing scribbles for a larger system right now [quote]

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I have more windows than you do.


Dang, I'll have to punch through some walls


Michael, what does your wife think about your destructive tendencies?




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That's why she made me build the "greenshop" She says as long as I keep it out there! haha...... I'm just wondering how Ell got his wife to perform manual labor while he supervises???


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a reward system perhaps?



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Hmmm, I'm doing scribbles for a larger system right now, and maybe I should design it as flood-n-drain, then.


You'll fit right in here. :) LOL :)

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michael_Ferrini wrote:
...... I'm just wondering how Ell got his wife to perform manual labor while he supervises???


:oops: I better own up - tis only wishful thinking on my part :oops:

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Hmmm, I'm doing scribbles for a larger system right now, and maybe I should design it as flood-n-drain, then.


ah dear - the AP bug is biting, good for u Janet, I keep saying to keep it within reason, but unfortunately mf finds out and 250gal gets out to 500gal tank, holes get drilled through garage walls, green houses are planned and an acre is set aside for grow beds (keep it within reason Les - hah) :walk:

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