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PostPosted: Nov 8th, '15, 05:37 
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Thanks boss, froggo,
Yeah the bits and pieces for the greenhouse added up to a bit more cash than I forecast to my better half, so as much as possible I'm trying to use what I have lying around for the AP. Luckily I have have a fair bit of relevant stuff that's been cluttering up the place from the last AP system. I have the IBC sections for GB's and a spare brand new pump (3.3kL/h at my 1.5m head) so hopefully only expense to build other half of the system (1 * FT, 2 * GB) is an IBC for FT and the clay beads for the GB's.
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Nice looking build. I also like to reuse of the materials on hand.

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Tallman wrote:"Yeah the bits and pieces for the greenhouse added up to a bit more cash than I forecast to my better half, so as much as possible I'm trying to use what I have lying around for the AP." Boy doesn't this sound familiar?

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I did the initial planting in the first two GB's in early Nov 15. Forgot to post at the time, so here it is.
Some Lebanese Cucumbers, 11 plants of a couple of varieties of tomato, a dozen basil, a couple of parsley, and a bunch of lettuce and rocket.
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Step 11 - Trellising

By mid Dec the plants had turned into a jungle (we had been OS for a couple of week) and it was time to re-establish order. It was especially important to control the plants as I had gone to a lot of trouble to ensure ants (aphid farmers) had no path to the GBs. I also wanted to do a cheap version of the tomato trellising discussed in Ryan's commercial thread where the twine can be reeled out as the plant grows taller.

So following is my solution. The whole trellis is suspended from two threaded rods each of which passes through the base of a small baked beans tin. The tin has motor oil in it (per the solution for the legs of the GB). The tin does not touch the shadecloth at all. This setup has been in place for about 3 weeks and not an ant has made it to the GB, which is really pretty cool given the ant infested Brisbane suburb I live in. Hate ants! :evil:

Lebo cukes on the left, basil and tomatoes on the right.

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beautiful work.

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Its too small for your needs already!!! :D

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Just ordered my Barra from Matt at SEQ Fish. Pick them up next weekend. Yay! :cheers:
Now better get my act together and build the second half of my system to double the GB space.


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Hi Tallman, tagging along to see how your setup goes. Congrats on coming up with the solution to bending your pipes. You should hold on to that jig if it's hard to find the materials in your area... I'm sure others would flock to you for help!

I'm curious about your filter, are you running a sand filter like a pool filter, or is it just a settling tank for solid waste to fall to the bottom then for the water to flow out of the filter it has to go up through the overflow so it makes it easier to clean the solid wastes out? Thinking that I might have to figure out how to incorporate that in to mine, but I was thinking I was going to be pumping water directly from my FT to the GB and not having the extra sump so I don't know if it would be beneficial for me then or not.

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Hi r85, :wave:
The drum is a swirl filter. The water enters via an elbow which diverts it horizontally so it creates a circular flow. Then, yes, the water drains out via an upturned elbow higher up in the drum. And most visible solids have enough mass to fall to the bottom rather than rise and leave the filter with the water.
There's a couple of things I'd say about this. 1. Everything I've read here and elsewhere indicates that swirl filters are not as effective as radial flow filters. 2. GB's are really effective at filtering the solids and breaking down a lot of it to water soluble nutrients.
However a fair amount of solids do accumulate in the GB after a while. In transferring my media from my old system to this one I cleaned out a pretty shocking amount of solids, and found some parts of my GB's were basically clogged. Not good. So I wanted some form of additional filtering.
Whilst the swirl filter has captured quite a bit of solids so far, I have no idea whether what I have done is really an effective option. :think:
I'd recommend reading the many threads on filtering as there is so much experience here and I think you will pick up a solution that works well for you.
Good luck and remember everyone here is eager to help. :thumbleft:


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So, thought I'd give an update on progress of tomatoes and cukes.

On the tomatoes I have been pretty ruthless in removing lateral growth as soon as it starts to show signs of decline. So it's really only the top 45-50cm that have leaves. They have been growing so well that I have started coiling the stem along the GB base (about 1-1.5m so far).
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The cucumbers have been going pretty nuts and I have been trimming out a lot of the side runners that keep growing.
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Very inspiring greenhouse build! Love those hoop timbers in the corners!


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Here is what the guys on the reef tank forum I'm on like to use for settling tanks... really anything will work, for my tank I just have my main drain run down in to a sump which has a couple of baffles in it so the waste is less likely to get through the baffles to get to the drain on the other side of the tank which goes to my other sump tank before getting pumped back to my display tank... but these conical settling tanks are nice because all of the waste collects at the bottom and you just open the valve and the bottom for a second and it sucks all the waste out...

Your settling tank seems adequate enough though... it should catch the majority of the waste and prolong having to clean your GB.

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Lovely work Tallman..... :thumbright:

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