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PostPosted: Jun 12th, '14, 08:32 
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Hi from Southern Oregon,

I just finished putting my grow beds in order and proud all things are working well. Just added a few Gold fish to start things off. Looking forward to seeing them grow as well as my soon to be planted veggies. Not sure what eatable fish to stock yet but we will just have to see. I have a 175 gallon IBC tote with 8 grow beds. Working on getting it on solar power is my next task. :D

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Welcome! Take some pics for us. Scotty should be able to recommend some fish.

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Yeah pics, we love pics!
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Great setup Korahs!

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Hi Korahs,

Great job on the AP setup. For fish, we usually can't grow trout during the Summer because the temp will get too high. If you buy them larger you can probably grow them out over the Winter before it gets too warm. Bluegill, Channel Catfish and Bullhead will all do well in the Summer but won't grow much during the Winter. That's usually OK since the plants won't grow much either. Bullhead are slightly more tolerant of the cold temps and less picky about what they eat than the Channel Catfish. Bluegill are slow growers but very durable and fun to watch when they eat. It takes 2 or 3 years to get Channel catfish to eating size here because of the cool Summers. Bluegill are even longer. Not sure about bullhead. Trout starting with 8 inchers, they should only take one Winter. I think I'm going to start with some 10 inchers this year though (just to be sure and I don't have to think about the temps so much, I can pull them if I have to), either in September or October.

If you're planning on moving fish inside for the Winter then you might be able to grow Tilapia. Ron knows about them, he grows them in Cali. They need temps closer to the 80's to thrive.

Other possibilities - Crappie (if you can feed train them (there's a thread on this if you do a search)), Red Ear Sunfish, probably striped bass, and probably others that I can't think of right off. Yellow Perch aren't allowed even though they are in many of the lakes, probably to protect the trout fishery here in Oregon (basically you can't get a transport permit for the perch).

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Oh wow! You sure have some building skills mate. That's a beautiful build.


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That looks quite nice! What's the purpose of the 5 gal buckets?

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tacosalad wrote:
That looks quite nice! What's the purpose of the 5 gal buckets?



I took the following measures to make sure the waste from the bottom of the tank is taken care of. Inside the tank I have a series of slotted pipes attached to the lift up tubes that suck up the bottom waste water and solids, then it flows into the 10gal buckets that act as a swirl filter and it removes these solids before they go into the grow beds. So far it is working great. That is why they are on both sides of my tank.

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The swirl filters are below the water level in the fish tank. Trying to understand why the FT water doesn't overflow the swirl filters. Or is the pump in the FT? Cheers.


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All the grow beds are lower and they don't overflow Tallman. The water is flowing out as fast as it comes in and it's level is being set with an overflow that's below the lip of the bucket. Don't over think it :thumbright:

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Tallman wrote:
The swirl filters are below the water level in the fish tank. Trying to understand why the FT water doesn't overflow the swirl filters. Or is the pump in the FT? Cheers.


The pump is located in the black stump tank. Which to can see at the top of the photo and between the grow beds. This is a picture I took before everything was finished. In this photo you can see I have installed a shut off valve from the FT to the 5 gallon bucket. I use it to control the water flow into the bucket and not only can I use it to control the flow rate but it is of great use to be able to take the system off line on one side at a time to clean and flush out the fish solids they trap.


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Yep, great, got it. Thanks.


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Hmm, hang on. Sorry to be a dog on a bone, but I want to get this clear in my head before I build my next system.
I didn't express myself well the first time. Let me try to be clearer.
The bulkhead exiting the FT is clearly some way below the water level of the FT, so whilst the flow FT->SF can be regulated (even halted) using the valve, the rest state (pump off, valve open) of the FT water level is the bottom of the bulkhead. So if you wanted to make the constant height (the CH in CHIFT) of the FT higher, you'd just put the bulkhead higher on the wall of the FT. Is that correct?


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