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PostPosted: Mar 7th, '15, 07:48 
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very cool! i haven't seen those here.


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The bees & the butterflies were abundant on flowering chives & basil in the shadehouse today.
The system is all cycled & ready for fish - waiting to see if there is a delivery to S.A. of Eeltailed catfish next week. If not, I'll be off to Tooperang on the weekend for trout.
Overnight temps are quite low & are keeping water temperatures down.
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Its looking really good mate, i'd love to hear how the strawberries go in the growgrips.

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Looking great! Good luck with the new system; I went to tooperang yesterday, they still have plenty of troutses.

What is the fabric over the tunnel?

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Hi Craig, the strawberries have developed roots & there are new leaves now, but I am not holding my breath. The pH & salt levels seem to wreak havoc with them in my existing system.

Dan, the tunnel is covered in 50% shade cloth which I will try & take it off this weekend. I will replace it with plastic (if it is still in one piece - bought 2nd hand). Hopefully it will stabilize the temps & extend the growing season.

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A great day getting more & more finished.

I now have some benches which are already proving to be very useful.
The wicking beds were filled with a mix of mushroom compost & a sandy loam, & I planted some strawberry runners & a few seedlings which had been leftover from the GBs.

I thinned some seedlings of Pak Choy from a GB & put them into the GrowGrips, along with more strawberries. The DWC is now full.

And best of all, a delivery from Diggers!!!

I will have to get fish soon, as I no longer have any Nitrates, but the weather is looking warm next week although there will be low overnight temps. I have used a fair amount of Seasol, so am just hanging out for the trout.
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Coming along nicely team41.

I did similar using core flute on my raft a couple years ago but used stainless flat bar in 3 spots along the length to keep the strength in it as once the plants gained mass they bowed terribly. I think what you have done should work just fine though. The great thing about the core flute is when you harvest a panel you can run it under the hose and it cleans up like new, unlike polystyrene that blemishes and stains.


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Team41 wow looks fantastic. That almost orange media is the mushroom compost?

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That's an inspiring system! Even if one of your pipes is on a diagonal. ;) I think horizontal/vertical runs are great, if somebody else is paying for the extra fittings.

Have you got a verdict on the Hydrocorn yet? I have a few bags of the XL (16-25 mm IIRC) waiting to go into my first system.

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Hi JimV,
I have pH around 8 & I have exchanged water between systems & added around 500lt of rain water in an attempt to lower it. I have never had high pH before & the only differences are the Hydrocorn & the 1st system was run on rainwater to start with, before the dam water was added. I did read somewhere where someone suggested washing the Hydrocorn in Hydrochloric acid before putting it in the GBs - in hindsight it might have a good idea!

Charlie,
Glad to see someone else has used the core flute with similar problem solving ideas. We did consider stainless strips underneath, but I wanted the air gap which the pipe is achieving.

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The orange colour is from the sandy loam (looks like it came from the desert!) The mushroom compost is dark & the picture shows it prior to being mixed with the loam. I probably didn't mix it all as well as I could have but I am sure it will mix over the years. I used geo-fabric between the reservoir & compost /dirt which you can see up the sides (it was too hard to cut with scissors so i left the excess attached). I have planted more seeds in the WBs today - I am trying carrots again - I have never had any success in AP or dirt gardens before.
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Yea I achieved the air gap by setting the standpipe and therefore the water level, lower.

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I have found beetroot to be a fantastic crop in the AP - although I should probably pick them before they get to this size!
The zucchini is from the first plant in 3 years I have been able to establish in the system - usually the seeds don't germinate or seedlings just sit, sulk then rot.
I think the raised pH in the bath tub system has agreed with them.
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Looks good!

Did you get the flow problems sorted?

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Thanks.
I have found minimal flow through the earthan beds stops any back up, 1 GB on constant flood & a slow feed through the DWC is working. My concern was that the filter wouldn't work if the flow into the FT wasn't fast enough. I put 9 x 10inch trout in the FT yesterday & they stirred up a bit of sediment on the tank floor, but this morning it is reasonably clean so at least the SLO is working. Whether the solids are dropping to the bottom of the filter or not, I am not sure yet.
I am also not sure what the flow should be through the DWC - there's not a lot at the moment.

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