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This is the new system which uses all the parts of my old system but adds 4 IBC's filled 70% blue metal (crushed granite) and then the top 300mm is expanded clay media. They are all flood and drain on an electronic timer but the IBC's only lose 300mm of their volume. For far more detail see OBO's system which is now dead. Hence this tribute to his work and thanks for his efforts to share. Still only running 20+ SP which are pretty average in terms of growth rate compared to last winters trout. Waiting for April now to get 50-60 trout in. I estimate the system could handle 100+ but 50-60 is plenty in the first season while the beds bacteria builds up.

It also has 2 BYAP GB's with expanded clay.

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Setting poles for the tank cover to finally nail my algae woes
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Setting the poles to cover the tank to hopefully solve my algae problems forever


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Crossbeams in. Yes they are treated pine over the tank but as long as the roof doesn't leak we will be ok…as long as we don't get condensation drips I guess?? Only the middle beam crosses the tank.
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Roof and sides fitted

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tank complete and IBC's arriving


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preparing the IBC's
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Drain pipes fitted to IBC's and IBC's placed. Exit pipe are 1 per IBC (i don't like common drains) and are 40mm. the standpipe is 25mm inside the IBC

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flood and drain screen fitted and media washed. granite will go to about 800mm up the ivc then the top will be expanded clay as it is a better bacteria environment and easier to work with. granite adds minerals to water over the years. (and is much cheaper :laughing3: )
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IBC's filled and drains fitted. The 25mm fill lines from pump in FT can also be just seen

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All done. works great. had a bit of a back up in the fill tube as I didn't have enough holes. I also scooped some granite out and put more expanded clay around the fill screen and had no problem since.


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Fabricate the "Yabbitat"
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Get the yabbies…. many thanks to MD for his help there.

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