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PostPosted: Jan 15th, '13, 15:58 
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Did you get much rain last night mate, every thing is nice and wet and cool up here. Cheers


Yes Bear we got 9mm last night and another 1ml this morning, would have liked 90mm but beggars cant be choosers. it did put about 1000l in our tanks and cool the place down nicely.

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How is it going this morning mate or one of those days for Special cuddles. Creek here is the highest I have seen it so I would presume your pond is filled. Silver perch order soon seems to be on the cards.

All tanks overflowing here and weather is not going to improve. Take care.

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Sorry Bear, i missed your post this morning.

Yep as you said the little dam is full, the tanks are overflowing. Everything that was capapble of holding water around here is out in the yard full of the stuff. in total we have had about 450mm. with 150mm of that between 9 am and 3 pm today

The winds have snapped of several small trees and created quite a few more jobs to do.

I had the cover blow of the small single grow bed and funnel a heap of water into that system. I also realised that NFT Channel I had turned the flow off too was capturing a few litres still daining into the sump.

That sump had no overflow so its all gone down the sides of the tank and saturated the insulation. il'' put an overfolw in as soon as I can (for next time).

The other system has also overflowed quite a lot with the wind pushing the rain under the covers. All fish seem happy and are feeding well.

Thanks for the mesage yesterday re. checking back up system. I tested all a couple of days ago and was fine. It did make me think of charging my spare batteries just in case we had an extended power outage.

As it happens we have not lost power yet.

Your right about those Silver Perch, as soon as the weather settles down I'll be getting those fingerling in the pond.

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Well after a couple of weeks of looking around for a cheap metal box to house my back up system, batteries and acessories out in the yard, Ive finally got it all done.

Good old CC Bear had a great idea the other day and suggetsed I look at an old fridge up the road that looked like the right size for the job. He even drove me up there to check it out. :notworthy: What a legend

While he was examining the the old clunker on the footpath, I went and knocked on the door, said ello to the attractive well endowed young lady that was getting rid of it :shifty:

Then I remembered Bear was waiting out the front so I had better not dawdle.

I've given it a quick cote of paint (same color as my FT's, cut a few holes to run the cables in and out and popped a home made exhaust vent in the top.

So far it seem great, very quiet and nice and tidy.


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That's an awesome idea putting it all in a fridge :) looks good


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that is awesome!!

might have to find me an old fridge!!

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Neat and tidy mate just like the good lady wanted. :headbang:

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With the onset of cooler wheather recently my temps have started to drop in the AP systems.

my second system is 2C warmer than system #1. The differences are, I have a 4m length of 100mm PVC pipe set up as an NFT system this is in full sun and adds a small return flow of warmer water to the sump. I disconnected this early in summer to reduce the temps.
I also have a 13mm Poly pipe coil, about 100M of pipe all up, this also adds a small flow of warm water to the system. Through the sunny days.

To try to add some passive heating to system #1 I have hooked up black black poly pipe coil which is helping already. I hooked it up on Saturday arvo (3 days ago) I checked the temps today and the difference between to 2 systems was only 1C.

I am also going to heat my top up water tank (1/2 IBC) so that when I top up I'm not adding cold water to the system.


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I like your work Blindie :headbang:

How long did it take to coil that pipe up mate he he ...... I think you could have got a few hundred more turns on it


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He ran out of beer. Cheers

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each one took about an hour i guess, the trick is to let the pipe heat up in the sun first. I then used clay bricks to hold the coils down as I was doing it. once its been sitting in place for a while it tends to stay in the right shape.
I'm going to add more coils over the next couple of weeks.

Running the two systems side by side at slightly different temps I can certainly see the difference in the fish behavior and feed rates. 2 or 3 degrees C makes a big difference with the Jade Perch.

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I dont know what pump your using Steve but if you increase anymore on the 19mm setup you will require a pressure pump. Oh and yes put hose clamps on the joins. (experience) Think next time would use lengths of 90mm joined and painted black. Leave it out for couple of hours to heat in middle of day, then pump out. Barra all in the freezer now so mine is shut down.

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Barra all in the freezer now so mine is shut down.


Ecellent mate, I was hoping someone I know would have a heated pool one day. Just leave the shed keys on top of the beer fridge when you go on your trip. :shifty:

Oh yeah a warm salty bath would be good therapy on the worn out body parts. Make sure you leave the heating on when you go. I promise not to pee in the pool. :funny1:

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What type of beer would you like left in the beer fridge and temp the pool set at.

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Great systems BF. When you mentioned the fridge to store the backup system my first thought was: "What a dumb idea." Apologies to Bear! But when I saw it I thought: "What a bloody great idea!" Looks far better than I thought it would. Also good workmanship on the piping helped I'm sure.

Keep the posts coming I will be subscribing to this thread.

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