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PostPosted: May 1st, '17, 20:18 
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Wow Guna you two are putting so much great energy into your aquaponics systems and it shows in the fine journals you keep. Thank you so much for what you are doing with explanations and discussions. I've finally started a journal covering our trout AP, Koi pond and aquarium. My hope one day is to have data I can use to help turn around all the guesswork I've had to do to get ours to this point and instead make decisions based on what I've documented. Seeing your graphs printed out consistently in inspirational.
So what are you going to do with the power the chiller isn't consuming?

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Thanks Brian :)

Shorter days mean less solar energy is available, but on cool sunny days I often run a heater in the house, or bake some bread in the oven, or if I cant think of any other way to use power, the solar paenls just heat up a little bit more, as the energy isn't being removed by a flow of electrons ;)

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A huge bunch of rhubarb I've just picked for the growers market tomorrow

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Some of the leaves, such as the one on top, appear to show some sort of deficiency, but others have nice even colouring. I can't imagine it is a lack of Potassium, as I've been adding 80-100g of KOH every day, for ages.

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The dark green veins with lighter green and yellow in between looks like iron chlorosis to me.

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It could be Iron, but for some reason it is only showing in some leaves (& not old vs new), and also only on some in the GB that is chock full of spiky berry vines.
I'll add some blood and bone today, it's been a long time since I added any.

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Some of the ingredients for this variation of tabbouleh (my wife informs me that this is the correct spelling), are from the large AP system, but the tomatoes, capsicum, cucumbers and chives are from the small system.

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To be eaten with some hommus on freshly baked sourdough bread :)

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PostPosted: May 23rd, '17, 20:09 
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Pleasantly warm late autumn weather is keeping the water temps up, so the trout are still eating well.

They are all still in this system (over 400) as I'm trying to get rid of the horrible stink coming from the new Hailea V-60 air pump before I use it in the small system FT. I've taken out the offending stinky bit (and it really does stink- a bit like burning rubbish and rubber at a garbage tip), and bought a sheet of gasket rubber, which doesn't smell nearly so bad, but I have to shape it, drill holes etc before I can install it. The nitrates remain around 80ppm, tested today, so the plants are using up the nitrates about as fast as they are being produced. They are eating 500-1100g of 4+6mm pellets, plus a few dozen slaters, per day.

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I had a bit of drama with a blocked drain in one of the GBs, and lost a few hundred litres of water, unblocking the pipe was quite an effort. I suspect snails again...

The garlic and walking onions I've planted in GBs and a WB are all growing well, as are the peas and brassicas, although I'll have to get some Dipel onto them, as there are a fair few cabbage white butterflies around. The rhubarb continues to thrive with lots of stems, and I've cut all the asparagus stems off, and hope it is still warm enough to get a few spears before winter.
Tabouli is on the menu every day, as there are masses of parsley, although I suspect I'll have no more tomatoes and capsicums soon, due to the cooler weather.
Another fish managed to escape through a small gap a few days ago, and it looks like the rats may have had a bit of a chew on it before I found it.

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Snails Gunna? Aquatic snails?
Wish I could get nice red stalks on my rhubarb, all mine stay green. They taste the same I believe but it's just not the same....

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No aquatic snails here, just big garden snails and slugs, who seem to like hiding in the stand pipes.

You've got to get the right rhubarb plant to start with. If it isn't red when it's small, it wont produce red stems when it's big. We had a batch of green stem producing plants in the dirt garden (they were sold as red though), but bought some more that were red for the AP.

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A few photos from the AP system
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Things are cooling down, Wednesday was pretty miserable with fog and drizzle all day, and yesterday was also foggy for a fair bit of the time. With the cooler water, the trout aren't eating as much.

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Only one watermelon from the WB this year, which we recently ate. It was a bit pale, but the flavour was pretty good.

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looks delicious

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Great to see you still smashing it out mate, garden looks fab

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June has been fairly mild so far, other than the very start of the month with the water staying in the 9-12C range for the past 2 weeks. I'm still seeing an occasional passionfruit flower appear, which is crazy for June! Everything is still growing well, and the rodents continue to eat the baits. There are a lot of self-seeded celery plants in one of the WBs, so I'll transfer some of them to some gravel GBs.

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