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Sorry I was reading it the wrong way. I thought you can stock your system with SP from the dam... I was thinking... man you are lucky...

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Na definately the other way but maybe lucky after all because, if they survive a year in the dam then i'll net them and put them back in the AP.

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morning tests:
ph:7.6-7.8
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ites:.25
temp 18c

Will feed once a day untill those Nitrites hit 0 and then will up to 2 times a day, looks like they are falling fairly quickly.
Should be on easy street from here. :wink:
Just to recap on information I was given a while back in regards to seasol and chelated iron.
Is it advisable not to add these at the same time. Or was that just the Iron Sulphate I bought by mistake?

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Keep an eye on the PH, now that the nitrifacation process is kicking in, the PH may drop rapidly, (well that's what happened to my system)

I get back in july and I'll be looking for some fish, if you are looking to cut the number of fish in your system? Maybe we could come to an arangement?

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I will keep an eye on all things from here, thanks Matty, I've come too far now to let things slip because i'm to lazy to spend 5 minutes to do my water tests. Just thought I could cut back to just PH and AM's but guess the others are just as important.

I will keep a good eye on my stocks as my planned trout grow and if I need to remove some SP for any reason Matty, maybe you could babysit some for me at a fee of half of the baby sat fish. We'll see. I have also been thinking it might be good to have the dam stocked so when my GF goes out to feed her horse I have some thing to do, like go fishing. :P

My planned system my get even bigger now that I have been given permission to use the entire area at the back of the shed but I also think I need to settle down before I drain the bank account!

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My planned system my get even bigger now that I have been given permission to use the entire area at the back of the shed but I also think I need to settle down before I drain the bank account!


soon it'll be the whole backyard :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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System Update:
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am: 0
ites: .25
ates:40!
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cold night last night: min 6C test 09:00hrs

Planted some leek seedling the other day, these seem to be getting taller by the day!
Planted some Beetroot seedlings also and some of them have taken really well while others have died. But the ones that survive are looking good.
Planted a pretty sad looking capsicum at the same time but he was too far gone to make it. I should have tried to bring him back in the pot first.
Also planted a strawberry and he has taken but no flowers yet. Will try seasol once a week on everything and maybe some kiwi fruit skins.
Transplanted one tomato seedling from pot to GB a few days ago and he seems to be okay.
Also transplanted some cucumber seedlings from soil and 3/4 survival not bad and looking good too.
Yesterday removed the Zuchini plant that was an original planting in the system I replaced him with a larger plant from the soil garden. Not sure if he will survive and if he does he will probably be too big for the GB. I have heaps of Zuchini on the go ATM so no big deal.
Transplanted some eggplant seedlings to GB yesterday too.
And a few capsicum seeds, radish seeds, mini cauliflower, parsley, basil, and maybe some others can't remember.
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Some more photos, Its not my toe its my thumb!
Also my Muther Pumper air pump arrived today. Its cool. Looks like a spaceship! and has 4 outlets!! and adjustment. Just need to get some stones and tee pieces anyone know a good supplier?


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My air pump is capable of 60L/hr and I plan to run two lines to each tank. Is this an adequate amount of air in case of pump failure. Having the 4 lines I can go 3 in the trout tank and one in the SP tank if necessary.
I am also considering a yabbie sump tank of about 400lts. It will have a GB syphon above for aeration. Upon the horrible event of power failure will the yabbies be okay with out air? or should i run a line from the air pump to the yabbie tank too?

The air pump is going to run through a 12/240V 1000w inverter running of a small portable solar power kit that I have. This will provide me with the battery back up aeration.
Some techi stuff for all you that are electrically minded. My solar kit consists of a 10w solar panel and a little battery unit with a 12v cigarette lighter socket and 3x12plugs.
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-10w-Solar-Panel-Shed-Garage-Camping-Power-Generator_W0QQitemZ280450328027QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCaravan_Parts_Accessories?hash=item414c2465db
I am currently trying to purchase a 12v/240v invertor. There is a reasonably cheap 1000w two socket inverter on ebay that i'm bidding for. I know its over kill for a 10w power supply but its reasonably cheap compared to smaller ones. plus I may get another smaller one and use the 1000w in the car when I go away.
My air pump is also 10w. How long will the solar kit power my air pump for over night? It says it will power a laptop for 2 hours from full charge.
Will this be a good back up power supply for my air pump or should I consider running the air pump on a timer. I would like to be able to run the air pump 24/7.

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PostPosted: Jan 19th, '10, 22:04 
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From some thread I read about on this forum, 29 litres per min of aeration is required for 1515 litres of water... This is based on not having any other form of aeration (ie.. water splashing; pump failure or power failure)...

Not really an expert in solar powered system, but just from reading... 10W panel to power 10W pump... Does not seem you have much capacity left for charging the batteries... even if you do, I think the 10W pump will drain the battery stored quite quickly... and you might lose air overnight...

But then again, like I said, I am no expert... The link below might help...
http://www.rpc.com.au/products/services/faq-info/calc/calculator.html

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Had my first HSM today! Went to Melbourne yesterday morning bout 9am after checking on the water, and feeding. Test results ph7.6-7.8 amm trace nititre trace and nitrates 40 water temp 20C

Had a few too many beers to drive yesterday arvo so stayed in Melbourne for the night.
Got back this morning and went to check AP bout 9am this morning, (24hrs), to find that the pipe feeding the GB had come off the submirsable pump. So no filtration and no aeration for not sure how long. GF did feed yesterday afternoon not sure if she would have noticed or not.
Ran some water tests. Amm .25-.50 Nitrites .50
Im a bit concerned the Ammonia seems to be climbining obviously due to no filtration and the Nitrites are up also.
SP were quite active and were obviously looking for food as soon as I took the cover off.
No deaths.
The pipe has fallen off once before and was hoping it would not happen again. Silly me!
Went and got the Muther Pumper and managed to find enough equipement to get that running off mains power. Had been waiting until I get an inverter to run the air off the solar battery.
Then managed to get the pipe secured on the pump properly (well as good as I can anyway)

My main concern is I fly out to Adelaide tonight for the weekend, well untill thursday so nearly a week. I think I have done all I can do. I will test water again tonight before leaving for the airport. I will get the GF to run some tests tomorrow morning and text me the results. Other than adding more salt is there anything I should do before going away. I will also tell the GF not to feed. I fed this morning stupidly but it was before I noticed the pump.

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PostPosted: Jan 22nd, '10, 12:50 
Your ammo and nitrite levels should adjust rapidly now that everything is functioning again... don't feed tonight (unless the test already show 0,0,...)... or at least reduce the feed..


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No worries, I think I caught it in time. Just hope the levels don't keep climbing.

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Hi again, returned from fishing in SA last night. No deaths, GF says the power has been tripping on the shed! Basically has not been feeding as she was concerned about the purple readings! Did a quick test last night and the levels were back down but power had tripped on the shed again in the hour it took for GF to pick my up from Airport.
Looks like I will need to get the electrician back.
Fed last night, it was nearly dark, and could see the water rippling and splashing as the SP hit the feed hard. Also the goldies where coming to the surface too, they normally stay down the bottom.
Will get out and do a bit of tinkering today, might start cleaning out some IBC's for the expansion.
Big dinner tonight of beer battered flake and salad. Will post some photos of the flake both pre filleting and post deep frying! Caught 5 x 6ft+ gummy's off Cape Jervis, (won't mention how many we dropped!) Awesome trip.

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