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 Post subject: Dave's System
PostPosted: Dec 18th, '08, 19:03 
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Hi all,

I have finally got the frames I needed to start my aquaponics setup... although one end frame was bent... very disappointing. I have been working with ryangus (Ryan from Scarborough) on the barrels and how to get started. Thanks Ranga!

Anyway, the basics of the system is... 3 blue barrels and some shelving. I think the photos tell the story so far.

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File comment: Assembling the frames...
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File comment: 3 barrels to the system, 2 for the fish tank and 1 for grow bed.
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 Post subject: Re: Dave's System
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Some more photos of the progress so far...


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File comment: There she is... fish tank, grow beds and frame, now we just need the plumbing, the pump, the water, the media, the fish and of course the plants... maybe a beer or two in between
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Those frames can hold a bit of weight. You might be able to cut the drums in half and have them two deep. Take it you are going to have the frames on concrete.

Too late I see you have cut them length way. :mrgreen:

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Put something underneath those barrels or they will fall through :D

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And some more...


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File comment: Final kit... 2 extra beams added at the back to support climbing plants... isn't it time for a beer already?
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Nice work, especially the bits I helped with :P

I suggest you use the strapping to hold the barrels, like I did with mine.

There's no turning back now - consider yourself addicted :)

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Outbackozzie wrote:
Put something underneath those barrels or they will fall through :D


Do you think the barrels will push the steel out of shape with the weight? They can't fall through atm...


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ryangus wrote:
Nice work, especially the bits I helped with :P


Sidekick I say... the way I remeber it I was doing all the hard work... except maybe the silicon at 9pm at night... :D


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Put something underneath those barrels or they will fall through :D


Do you think the barrels will push the steel out of shape with the weight? They can't fall through atm...



If you run straps it will hold it back. Its the plastic that will bend under the weight and squeeze through the steel.

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100% they will fall through when full of gravel or hydroton.

Especially on a hot day.

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Its the plastic that will bend under the weight and squeeze through the steel.


Yeah, true... I didn't think of that one... I was thinking that the steel should be strong enough to hold it all together. I have some strapping left over from the deck construction that will do the job nicely. How many straps did you add to your barrels Ryan?


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It is easier to cut the barrels the other way. On that shelfing you could have them two deep. More GB size. Where is the system going to be positioned.

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I was going to say that :D

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Looks like an adventure playground to me! Nice and colourful. I only looked at the pics will read later! :)

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Finally I've beaten you to a post. I can rest in piece, another thing to take off the list. :mrgreen:

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