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Recently i was contracted by a local not for profit organisation, Shoestring Gardening Inc, to build an aquaponic system and hold a series of workshops covering the basics and practical hands on experience building a system.

I was rather apprehensive but thought i'd jump in boots and all!!

we have just completed workshop #3 and the 4th and final is the fish release... can't wait!!

here are some pics and some brief descriptions...

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Getting the first workshop started

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Showing the class the fish tank

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and the growbeds are going... here!

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various fish tank build shots...

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they had seen photos of dad's system with the window and seeing as the orgaisation is a community group with lots of kids they requested a window... 3mm stainless steel frame, 6mm acrylic and lots of silicone did the job well.

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leak testing... perfect!!
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Start of workshop #2... starting the build...

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site prep

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Holy crap awesome job Iceman! THATs hands on!

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Workshop #3... just before we got stuck in for the day!

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all framed up. this keeps it all square and provides somewhere to screw the ply to when it comes time to clad and make it all pretty

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the sumps...

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interconnecting the sumps... uniseals are awesome!!!

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the drains from the growbeds

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water is in, the pump is on and the venturi is doing its thing!!

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all planted out... let the growing begin!!

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We are going fishless for a few weeks until the next workshop. We will be stocking with rainbow trout from the Ballarat hatchery.

To help speed things up we seeded the system with 20 litres of water from dads system and 20 litres of fish funk ad water from my system via the RFF... PLUS i added seasol and charlie carp...

There are plans to construct a bamboo shade roof over the top which should come up a treat.

I'll add photos from the next workshop and any others that i get sent from today's workshop.


There are already plans for more workshops and builds so i'll update this thread with any developments.

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