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PostPosted: May 20th, '17, 17:11 
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Hi Thajkits & Boss,

Yeah I haven't done a lot with my system over last 12 - 18 months until recently but I'm back at it now.
I've had some major health problems and was hospitalised for over 3 weeks in 2 different hospitals and I have now just about beaten all that now so it's time to get back into the aquaponics.

I lost a batch of fish to Zing poisoning last year so that prompted me to have a total re-build, clean and a downsize, the re-build was to clean the system out and remove any galvanised metal that water could splash and leach back into the system plus sort a few running problems out in the system.

One of the mains problems was I didn't have enough fall from the fish tank down to the grow beds and the tank was also situated in full sun so I moved it into the fernery and raised it up on Besser Blocks and that solved 2 problems in one hit. The fish tank will now be a lot cooler in the fernery over the warmer months and the extra height has definitely given the system a better flow.

The extra fall made the system run a lot faster and I needed to put another tee in line from the pump up to the fish tank and a ball valve in the line to throttle the volume down a little.

Downsizing was another issue I wanted to deal with as we were producing more veggies than we could eat or give away so I removed 2 grow beds to knock the food production back. The DO was another thing that I wanted to improve so I bought 1 x 50cm Rubber Cylinder air stone for the fish tank and 3 x 20cm Rubber Cylinder air stones for the MBBF's and I'll add another air pump and a few air stones to the fish tank shortly. Currently I'm running 3 x air pumps, 2 for the aquaponic system and the other pump feeds air into 3 x wicking beds.

I did a fishless cycle this time around and have now put 35 x 120mm Trout fingerlings that Porter from the forum was kind enough to bring me down from the Ballarat Trout Farm along with a big bag of feed and that was greatly appreciated, thank you Porter.

I've grown a lot of varieties of chilli over the last 18 months and quite a few of the very hot chillies, I found you need to be careful in how you use the hot guys. You get a lot of "bang for your buck" with those babies and the jury is still on if they are for me or not.

I'm now deciding what I want plant and get things up a running again.


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PostPosted: May 21st, '17, 20:38 
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I wondered what happened. I'm so glad you're back JoBlow.

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Thanks Boss :thumbright:

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I've just upgraded my filters, this batch of Trout have starting growing and feeding faster than the filters were coping so it was time to upgrade. The filters have been OK for the slower growing Silver Perch but the Trout have certainly tested them out.

I got prices on Conical Bottom Tanks, but with the modifications that I needed it blew the budget out of the water, so I decided to knock something up with the 2 x 220 litres barrels I already had laying around.

I went with Porter from Macedon Ranges Aquaponics design for both the RFF & MBBF and with some of the money I was planing on spending on Conical Barrels I purchased 100 litres of NITRO BIO MEDIA C1 (800m2/m3) @ $150 AUD.

That now takes my Bio Media up to a total of 150 litres, so I've upgraded from a 50 litre RFF to a 220 litre and from 2 x 50 litre MBBF's with 2 x 25 litres of K1 bio media to a 220 litre MBBF with 150 litres of bio media, that should cover all my filter problems.


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The extra volume of water in the larger barrels really forces the solids out far better than the smaller barrels.

They will never be as good as a conical bottom barrel but I'm happy spending the money on extra bio media and the conical bottom tank will have to wait for another day.


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Well done JoeBlow. This is very helpful as I am also going to upgrade my MBBR and increase the media for the greater fish load in our system. Also I'll need to do something for the Charter school project.

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Thanks Brian,

For the outlet drains I used a 90mm to 50mm PVC Reducer and cut 3 x 5mm high slots for each barrel.

The hole in the side of the barrel for the 25mm Water Tank Fitting was drilled 10mm lower than the height it should have been so when the tank fitting was tightened up it forced the reducer down hard onto the bottom of the barrel making sure there's always a downward pressure to keep it down for a better flow in the RFF and to stop any of the bio media getting out of the MBBF.


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The 100 litres of Bio Media is going to take quite a while to intergrate with the old Bio Media, I was putting a bucket and a half in at a time and it would just sit on the top and take 6 or 8 hours to completely mix in. I now only put 1/2 a bucket at time, then another 1/2 bucket when it's done.


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ALDI had a cheap Smoker on sale and with a batch of Rainbow Trout not far off harvesting I thought it was time to try smoking a few.

I felt a bit guilty assembling it within eye sight of the fish tank but I don't they know what is for. :think:


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Awesome Jo, I often wonder the same about ours. I do tend to overthink things. :think:
How inexpensive if I may ask? That looks really nice.

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Boss it was $199 AUD at ALDI, I've seen it branded as "Hark" for $379 AUD.

It's quite solid and good quality for a Chinese produced product.


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thanks JoeBlow

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