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PostPosted: Jul 31st, '18, 10:54 
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Good catch Rob. Kind of nice that you were there when it was happening so you could tell what was going on. Sometimes you just show up and all the water is missing but you can't tell how or why :dontknow: - usually it's a siphon forming like this or an overflow because of a blockage.


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PostPosted: Jul 31st, '18, 18:35 
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Yeah I was lucky it happened last night, I'll be gone for 4 days this weekend so I could have lost 250 tilapia if it had siphoned a few more hours.

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Close call, good that you caught it.


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the tilapia were all back to starving last night, so it doesn't appear the cold water affected them too much. I did plug a heater in to help warm the water back up quicker after adding 100+ gallons from the hose in to the system. Will let it run another day or two and unplug it. Everything seemed fine last night but I am pretty anxious to get the beds cleaned out now so I don't get another bed overflowing. I'll at least drill a hole in the top of the 90 out of the tilapia tank before I go away for the weekend so there will be a siphon break if I can't manage to get anything else done before then (not home tonight, then tomorrow will be spent getting stuff ready to go away for the weekend then friday leaving when we get out of work so not much time to get much done).

I finished filling the first of the two additional IBC tanks and half filled the other last night will finish filling tomorrow. I'll let it soak a few days then drain and refill it and get a second system up and cycling outside of the greenhouse. It might be a bit late in the year to put anything in there... but I might spread some of the tilapia out or spread the catfish / bluegills out to give them more room. I think I might put a temporary hoop house over the IBC tanks for winter to see if being in a hoop house would be enough to keep them from freezing solid so I know for future years if I can run them in a hoop house through winter.

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I cut down almost all of the tomato plants in the greenhouse today. Cleaning it out and took a bunch of cuttings I stuck in the DWC to root, will replant them to have a fresh start on tomatoes for winter.

Also mentioned my plans to build a small hoop house attached to the greenhouse to my wife and she didn't kill me so will probably work on that tomorrow. I am going to put my two new IBC tanks in a small hoop house to see if they will survive the winter without freezing. Will also add a couple of beds in there to use nutrients from the second system.

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Ok so no more talk, it's happening! I started out thinking 10x12, then looked back at a previous post about stanb's design and thought I could do 12x12, because his we're 12x20 with sweeping 90s at the top to make steeper walls... I bought the sweeping 90s and tried going 12 wide but didn't think it would work well so I dropped down to 10 wide, but then decided to go 16 long... This has been all on the fly I did not plan out any of what I was going to do is why it changed so many times, but in the end it's 10x16 and will butt up to the greenhouse. I will have two, maybe eventually 3 fish tanks in it, and I will have at least two but maybe three or four beds total. I will have to poke a hole through the wall to feed power from inside the greenhouse to run a pump for this system, I will keep them as two separate systems at least for now.


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I like the shape of it, great stuff :thumbright:

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I'm only using 1 inch PVC so elected to go with the high peak angle to hopefully keep snow from sticking to it.

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With that profile it should would a treat, I don't think you could improve on the shape :headbang:

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My wife is on vacation this week staying home with the kid because daycare is closed as they are on a family vacation... So here is her project for this afternoon/tonight... Canning tomatoes... Making tomato soup etc.

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Nice load of Toms.


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I think the toms have all been canned... hopefully shes done canning toms for the year... I really don't like canning toms, probably least favorite thing to can so I'm glad she did it while I wasn't home. The garden is dying back a notch already and we started pulling stuff out. Went and bought a yard of compost to start amending beds for next year... I am going to try to get some lettuce and other greens going so we will hopefully have them growing through fall and winter as we're cleaning up bits and pieces of the garden and hoop house I'll keep adding stuff back that should be OK for fall and winter.

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