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PostPosted: Jan 13th, '12, 07:18 
Here is a shot of our recent job on the south cost NSW.

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6000 liters aquaculture
220 m2 of grow space that includes earthan beds, floating raft and media beds.

Took a month to build with all the rain down there but it is done.

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PostPosted: Jan 13th, '12, 07:43 
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Looks Great! Nice work.

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ummmm.... WOW!!! will they keep you updated? hope you told them about BYAP forum :D


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Looks fantastic , just what I need in my backyard :lol:
Would like to know more on your aquaculture intergration and plumbing to the various beds.
Any extra info would be appreciated and, it goes without saying, more photo's .
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PostPosted: Jan 15th, '12, 14:41 
Thanks guys.

@3lmatto, they keep us posted most weeks and are still planting it out. No doubt it will take quite a while to get it fully planted but the residents are seeding up and some community groups are getting in there lending a hand.

@Matthew, there is plenty of info and photos on our site, but they will have their own site up specifically for the gardens soon I think. Will let you know when that happens. The plumbing goes on a bit. Around 350 meters of it....

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PostPosted: Jan 15th, '12, 18:23 
Nice Paul.... reading your site there appears to be a combination of some gravel beds, some combined expanded clay & DWC raft beds... and (correct me if wrong).. some soil beds???

Or at least some beds partially filled with soil.. and topped with expanded clay...

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beds filled with a good soil mix. The unique thing about them is water from the fish system flows through them 24/7.

They can be tilled, mulch added, plants treated, poop added without affecting the water quality for the fish at all.


How are you going to control the inputs of "poop", mulch etc... and do you have any concerns as to possible contaiminants... especially with what appears to be a "constant flow/flood" ... (referred to above.. or are the beds siphoned??

The expanded clay appears to be "Nutrafield" rather than "hydroton"... any reasons for, other than cost... (wish I'd known, could have got you a truck load... :lol:)...


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That's pretty groovy EG, keep the pictures coming!

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PostPosted: Jan 16th, '12, 06:25 
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Very nice :)

Thanks DuiNui

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Nice Paul.... reading your site there appears to be a combination of some gravel beds, some combined expanded clay & DWC raft beds... and (correct me if wrong).. some soil beds???

Or at least some beds partially filled with soil.. and topped with expanded clay...

Thanks John.

There are the expanded clay beds, deep water culture and the earthan beds. All recirculate on the fish tanks.

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How are you going to control the inputs of "poop", mulch etc... and do you have any concerns as to possible contaiminants... especially with what appears to be a "constant flow/flood" ... (referred to above.. or are the beds siphoned??

The mulching etc has no effect on the water in the system that we have seen in the past. As long as organics are used in the beds there will be no risk to the fish.

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The expanded clay appears to be "Nutrafield" rather than "hydroton"... any reasons for, other than cost... (wish I'd known, could have got you a truck load... :lol:)...


Just cost. It hydrates really well, so I see no obvious difference aside from it is far cheaper than hydroton. Nice on the hands too... which is the only reason why I used expanded clay.

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That's pretty groovy EG, keep the pictures coming!


Thanks Dave

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Thats one big flower EG. It will look fantastic from google earth! :thumbright:

Be interesting to see how the mulch/soil goes over time :think:

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Thats one big flower EG. It will look fantastic from google earth! :thumbright:

Be interesting to see how the mulch/soil goes over time :think:

Thanks Charlie.

It would be great if google updated their photos but there are other mapping companies that you can pay to have photos taken. I will try for the community helo shots next time we are down there. Be nice with some green on it and the grass growing.

The soild will go just fine. We have done these before and they only improve with age. It takes a little while for the soil profile to settle in and then they kick in and grow anything at alarming rates lol if you can get alarmed at good, inexpensive growth. The do suffer from too much heat if you get the soil mix wrong though.

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PostPosted: Jan 16th, '12, 20:16 
Given the surface area... and the inherent incorporation as rain catchment... (and the average rainfall here on the coast)...

How are you preventing the soil and/or other contaminants from entering the fish water...


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Earthan Group wrote:

It would be great if google updated their photos but there are other mapping companies that you can pay to have photos taken.


Nearmap images appear to be more up to date and update images more frequently, you can select "Take me to the map" (personal use only) without having to sign up for anything

http://www.nearmap.com

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They look to be 2000L fish tanks is this correct and if so isnt that a bit small considering all those huge growbeds

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