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 Post subject: Re: Skeg in the hills
PostPosted: Nov 10th, '13, 22:16 
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Nice system Skeg!! Awesome harvests!! I see what you mean now by the adjustable standpipes.... I wasn't following before but now that I see your GBs I understand.. Thanks!!


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 Post subject: Re: Skeg in the hills
PostPosted: Nov 13th, '13, 22:35 
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New pump arrived today, 9000 lph. Thanks CP great service. Plumbed it into the lge sys and moved the 6000 lph to restart the fling tank, no deaths thanks to the air pump, fish that is, lost my few seedlings tho.
I'm going to swing back from 30/30 to 15/45 thanks to the xtra flow.
Trout are feeding in the morn but as the water temps rise to around the 24c mark they aren't interested in the arvo.
I'm going to miss these guys when they are gone.
Lettuce going great guns, leaks beginning to get thinned and my first ap tomato have been the only green harvest of late.
Next update post #200.

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PostPosted: Nov 14th, '13, 04:34 
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Hooray I've made it to 300!!!

First I'll answer all the questions.
Yes Jay I have the transplanted ones from the original sys and have just added another punnet, again...
Back to the update.
I've taken Gabes advice and pulled all the brassicas to get rid of the fn moths. Replanted the bare patches with beets, celery and capsicums. Strawberries going well but rodents have been pinching them... Baits now baited.
Lettuce and leeks also going well but that's about it.
Tommies struggling, chard stagnating, melons and squash surviving.
Fish wise, the trout are the saving grace, pulling a couple each weekend. They are still feeding well in the morn and for the 25 fish They've just finished 7.5 kg of 7mm pellets, and are looking very healthy, always letting me know they are still there when they see me with an over eager leap out of the water. Water temp still climbing and is 25 c most afternoons now. I'm not getting the flesh coloration from the pellets which although doesn't alter the taste, it does slightly diminish the bragging, I mean presentation of the fish...
Silver flings are feeding well but have noticed flashing and have slowly brought salt level to 6ppt and they are still flashing, what to do, anyone?
We have the fish tank area looking better added some plants and the canopy of the carob is being trained. Once we get a table and chairs out there it will be a nice entertaining area.
I've finally started the footing for the ibc gb and hope to have the mini expansion plumbed in by Xmas.
I have also begun to mineralise the solids to add back to the system in an attempt to stimulate growth. The u beaut base cone in the filter is working well.
Hopefully the legendary ap growth will kick in soon.
That about sums it up, till next time, AP on friends. :thumbright:


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PostPosted: Nov 17th, '13, 22:39 
You've salted... it might be a few days before the Silvers stop flashing... depending how badly they're infected...

You should see them looking happier and feeding better just before they do...

P.S... 3ppt is sufficient for Ich... but no harm in salting higher... although it might impact your veges a bit..


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PostPosted: Nov 17th, '13, 22:52 
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Ok thanks ROz, it has been at 4ppt for a week and if anything more seem to be flashing so bumped it up 2 pts. What salt concentration is toxic to sp's out of curiosity? Plant wise it can't hurt my zombie greens... :)

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That's a nice looking trout, Skeggley.

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 Post subject: Re: Skeg in the hills
PostPosted: Nov 18th, '13, 02:50 
6ppt is fine... but could impact you plants over time..

Short duration salt dips, or baths might be 10-12ppt... but with caution, aeration and observation...
(not necessary for Ich)


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Silvers have stopped flashing, have noticed they stopped flashing once they were fed... It's been suggested that they were rubbing the algae off the bottom to eat. Well the high salt concentrations should have purged the tank of any parasites that may have found their way into the system so I'll drop back to 2ppt by Friday.
I have put 23 kg of salt into the systems since starting in April! Bit of a surprise really. Large system is sitting at <1ppt.
Ft temp back around 20 C so the trout have had a reprieve.
Lettuce, squash, and okra added. I think the plant side is starting to ramp up...
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PostPosted: Nov 19th, '13, 21:48 
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Silvers have stopped flashing, have noticed they stopped flashing once they were fed... It's been suggested that they were rubbing the algae off the bottom to eat.

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Nope... they were trying to rub the parasite off... having salted and addressed the problem... they've come back on the feed...

All perfectly normal.. and consistant...


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They were never really off their feed but I had only been feeding them sparingly as I always try to err on the side of caution as I've not had silvers before and am still trying to get a feel for them. Either way I'm assuming it's ok to gradually lower the salt levels to 2ppt. Usually I pump it to the other system to top up the salt and water levels but am wondering now whether it is safe to do this of should I dump this heavily salted water in the garden? :dontknow:

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 Post subject: Re: Skeg in the hills
PostPosted: Nov 20th, '13, 03:47 
ATC Salinity Refracrometer...

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I use one of these, it measures pH, temperature, TDS, EC and salinity

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PostPosted: Nov 20th, '13, 09:34 
How does it distinguish between EC and Salinity... :lol:


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