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Another 10 harvested last night, the largest was 2601g, so not too far behind the monster from the previous night.

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One of my Hailea V60 air pumps died a couple of days ago- both diaphragms have disintegrated and various other bits have been hammered to death. I suspect the ongoing very hot weather hasn't helped- the pumps are extremely hot to touch when operating. Fortunately I only have a few trout left and the 2nd (continuously operating, battery inverter powered) backup pump is still ok, so no fish losses, even with the water temperature around 20C.

I harvested the remainder of the potatoes in the GB I started on a couple of weeks ago- another 7.8kg, so over 14kg in total from that GB. I'll have to plant another crop in there for now, maybe spring onions, as it is a good idea to practice crop rotation with spuds. The hessian bags I used for this potato crop almost completely disintegrated, so now there is a fair bit of soil mixed into the top of the gravel, and it's full of worms.

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Here is the last of the grapes growing on a vine in one of the GBs, they have been delicious. Next time we'll put some seedless varieties in.

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7 more trout harvested last night, there can't be too many left in there now- I'll have a look later today. It might be time to get out the huge net again.

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Those look tasty Gordon :thumbright: . I should try mine in AP. Can't say I know what I'm doing but it's Winter here so I just finished pruning the grapes back - supposedly 4 different types (one was mislabeled so really only 3 I think :think:) , all seedless varieties. Got a pretty good crop out of the Interlaken and Canadice grapes this last summer and made raisins with the extras. Nothing out of the Black Monukka grapes, the vine seems to grow more slowly than the others and they're all probably only 3 year old.


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I picked 7.4kg of Ottway Red potatoes from one of the WBs on Friday, sold 2.5kg at the Saturday market, and we'll eat the rest. I didn't add more soil as this lot grew, so not as productive as the bags in the GBs, which I did add soil to.
I'm going to plant the WB out with spring onions today.

Also harvested over 6kg of Sebago potatoes from a single hessian bag sitting in a GB a week ago. Sold half of them at the market... but we are eating a lot of spuds ;)

There are still more spuds in another WB, but I'll leave them a week or 2 more.

I've picked a few cucumbers and one spaghetti squash in the past week too. The rhubarb continues to yield heaps of stalks, most of which are sold at the markets.

I got into the FT a few days ago to have a look around with goggles, but it was mostly too dark to see the trout other than the ones that brushed by my feet, however, I doubt there are more than about 5 left.

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I got into the FT a few days ago to have a look around with goggles, but it was mostly too dark to see the trout other than the ones that brushed by my feet, however, I doubt there are more than about 5 left.


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I had a lucky escape a couple of days ago, due to a technology fail. I run 3 Belkin WEMO switches (programmable remote controlled via phone app) and the app told me there was a firmware update, so I ran it.

It always tells you that it may take a while and you can quit the app, lights may flash on the switches etc, so I quit, but noticed it hadn't finished about an hour later. I assumed this was due to my crap internet connection (NBN satellite for those in Oz) and didn't check again until the next morning, as previous updates had all worked smoothly, despite taking a long time.

At 8am next morning I checked the app, to see that 2 of the 3 units were still greyed out 'updating'. Checking my PV house electricity data logger, I noticed that the pump had not come on at that time, and not on any hour for the previous 18 hours. Slight amount of panic as I rushed out to manually plug the pump in and run it before looking in the FT, where I have 200 Rainbow Trout. Threw a bit of feed in, but no interest, so I knew they were a bit stressed. Fortunately no floaters found so far, so it appears all survived- thanks to the 2 air pumps running continuously and the drum filter on the side with a slow circulation always running through it.
The water temp is mostly around 9-11C lately, so DO should have been good.

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Glad it worked out OK Gordon, could have been a costly firmware update :headbang:.


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I harvested a nice 2.6kg of purple spuds from a grow bed 2 days ago - there is a bit of soil on top, but some of the spuds were growing perfectly well in gravel. Lots more spuds to harvest soon, I'm hoping the ones in the GB recently almost stripped by hungry wallabies will be ok. Also have another fenced WB full of them which had a wallaby jump into it a few weeks ago and damaged a fair number of plants, but it didn't eat much whilst in there.

I've had to start running my chiller early this year, and I've had to run it almost every day this month (weather is running hotter than usual Nov average), so I'm about to start harvesting my trout, all 200 of them. I'm not going to try to keep the big system running with trout over summer again, with too many days in high 30s-low 40s. It's all too stressful!
I just hope they don't taste like bushfire smoke, as it has been common in the last month, and very thick much of this week with an out of control fire <15km away.

Timing is perfect for harvest, as I pulled a trout from the freezer this morning and did a (very cold) head count- only 5 more from last harvest are left.

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Smoked Trout are very popular invite all your mates over

Have you thought about starting a new batch earlier would you need to run your chiller as much at the other end of the season

Im thinking of giving trout another go they grow fast and are good fun

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I'm pretty sure 'bushfire' isn't a particularly nice smoked trout flavour!

I start in late Feb/early March, but have to run the chiller every day then. Still lots of high 30s days at that time of year, and I really don't want to go any earlier when days in the 40s are more likely. The whole reason to pull them out now is to avoid exactly that.

My nitrates have been 400+ppm for a while as I try to get more feed into them - I have the auto-feeder giving them 750g/day and have been adding another 200-600g most days. They took 400g in a couple of minutes this morning- eating faster than I could throw big handfuls in. I have a new GB stand ready to take 5 more GBs, and a pallet of clay balls here, but because the weather has been so unseasonably hot, can't bring them into action to soak up more nitrates, as the water will heat up too much. If we get some cooler weather I might bring on one or 2 and see how they go, perhaps just running them at night if it is below 18C - not always guaranteed from now through to April.

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How is your system handling all the ammonia from the massive feeding and waste?


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Handling it OK, if there was any ammonia or nitrite of significance they wouldn't be so hungry all the time. >400ppm Nitrate hasn't been an issue in previous years, but I would like to add a few more GBs so I can feed them more over the next few weeks.

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I’ve around 1300L of GBs and 100L of K1 bio media and it did ok but still remnants of ammonia. I’ve 35 trout and 15 SPs but after the pH crashed to below 6 the bacteria crashed also so I’m now looking at making it simpler like the original cause I’m sick of always chasing some bloody thing.


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I harvested 30 last night, and 19 the night before, they are all staying cool in the big freezer now.

19/11: 19, average weight 592g, largest 777g
20/11: 30, average weight 698g, largest 2252g

I pulled out 2 big ones last night, left over from the previous batch, so have been in there a bit over 2 1/2 years.

Continuing hot weather means I've had to run the chiller all day or nearly so, most days lately, so I hope to get the remaining ~150 out over the next week or 2. Unfortunately my chief vacuum sealer operator is away for much of that time, so harvesting will be hectic and go late into the night when we do it.

Even with feeding up to 1.4kg of 6mm pellets each day lately, there are still a few small fish in there, smallest so far was 359g, but I did put a couple back in for a few more days, probably around 300g each.

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