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matty, if it had not rain all day today I would probably be ready to get some trout by monday but its, just not gonna happen.
I would say I'd get 20-25 if it is going to help your bargaining power to get a better price and maybe you could hold them for me for a week or so but otherwise I reckon I can wait.
would hate to get them and be stressing because i'm not fully cycled, insulated, plumbed, trialed ect.....

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PostPosted: Jun 25th, '10, 20:38 
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Where r u guys imnot quite cycled yet but I want trout!!!!!

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I'm planning on getting 50, because i only have my first system up and running, (It's only got 300l of GB & not much plant life in it, just a few broccoli & spinach left over from the summer, But it is cycled) I don't mind splitting the 50 up if you still want some? I can hang on to them for a few weeks. Just let me know. :D

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m3tal: i'm in Lancefield and yes it was freezing this morning. Most vicious frost I have experienced up here. -1 this morning at 7am.

Did some more work on the system this arvo. Have removeded all the treated timber and replaced it. will clean out the FT2 and start washing more gravel tomorrow hopefully.
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Absolutely no progress on the expansion since the last update, Its been freezing up here lately mornings and nights and work has been flat out but I can't complain about that. Days seem to be getting slightly longer each day too so 0soon it will be spring and then daylight savings! yeah! :cheers: bring it on!

Looks like no trout for me. :( might go out and do some work on the system now since the sun is out.

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Bah, if they had any sense daylight savings would be during winter not summer.


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Yeah I sort of agree but unfortunately, then I wouldn't be able to start work till 8:30am when the sun comes up during winter instead of 7:30am.

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Okay made some progress today, and made some discoveries.
Firstly I started washing more gravel :wash: and adding it to the 500lt GB before I noticed the ammount of flex in the base of the tub, and it wasn't even full yet. I decided to stop untill I could add some framing and support to the GB.

What do others use to strengthen these style of GB's, I think they are refered to as tilky tubs, but not sure. Quachy???? Am I right?

I then decided to keep washing gravel and fill the IBC GB, but firstly I reinforced the IBC GB with some builders straping/hoop iron.
Once filled I thought I would fill the FT2 with water and considered whether to transfer a few Gold fish in to start the cycling process.

Here is were I made the second discovery,

Test results FT1:
PH: 7.6
Am: trace
Ites: 0.0
Ates: 5-10

Test results FT2. (filled 3/4 with tank/rain water and topped up with water from FT1)
PH: 6.8 - 7
Am: 0
ites: 0.0
Ates: 5

I was alarmed by the lower PH so I tested my tank water and found PH: 6 or lower!

It was getting dark by this stage so rather than risk shocking the goldfish by the change of PH I added some seasol and left everything the way it was.

I also decided I had better make an attempt at shading/insulating the FT2 to prevent algae growth. So I temporarily wraped some shade cloth around the tank untill I can do a real job of it.

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Simon, I have mine sitting on 3 sleepers. 3 is over kill, I would only use 2 next time. Next you are around my joint, pop in for a brew and chin wag.

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Yeah got mine on 2 oregon sleepers but seems to be sagging in the bum between the sleepers. was thinking before I add too much gravel I will add some strapping and some steal suround. It doesnt even have water in it yet!
Drove past your place the other day with Kristy, as we were coming home from Barwon Heads but didn't see your car so assumed you werent home.

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give me a txt when you are next in the area. we usually aren't too far away.

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Did some more work today, got the AP2 online. Consisting of a single IBC with the top cut off and is exactly the same set up as my original system but the two FT's are interconnected at high/overflow level by 40m pipe and valve, and pumping from one FT and split across the 2 GB's. I will need to move the pump to the FT2 tomorrow due to the fall on the interconnecting pipe running from FT1 to FT2 which means at the moment the FT2 is holding too much water and nearly overflowing. By moving the pump to FT2 will mean the water will by at a more steady level in both tanks.

The gravel I have used in the GB2, although I washed it thoroughly, has clouded the water in FT2 and with the 2 tanks now connected will result in both FT's being clouded by tomorrow but at least this gives me a chance to try out the egg trick.

I have moved the Goldfish from FT1 to FT2 but still contemplating whether to get some trout. What are others opinions on getting trout so late in the season for North-Central Victoria?? Perhaps I could by 10 or so off someone that has too many?? :dontknow:

I am still going to be monitoring the water test results as I have now got a much lower PH due to the mixing of the 2 waters. Other test results appear to be under control.
AMM: trace
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Simon, definately get some trout! You may need to get yearlings though, so a bit more expensive, like $2.50 instead of $1.00! I'm sure that won't break the budget! I reackon we have about 3-4months growing left in the trout, which should be enough time to double if not more their curent size. I haven't tried Ballarat lately, buy they are worth a look. Where ever you go, definately get some, then your life long obsession will fimly take hold!

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BB,

I still have all 50 trout in my 300l bed system, still no issues and the GB seems to be holding up still. I'm still cool if you want some, Think I still have the plastic bags as well if you haven't got anything to transport them in. PM me if your interested and we can work something out..

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Matt; I would consider taking 10 off your hands if you think your system could be getting overloaded. I will allow everything to settle a bit in the tanks and let the PH balance out first though.

I changed the pump over into FT2 and everything flows more smoothly now. FT1 slowly trickles into FT2 via a SLO and water is pumped out of FT2 into both GB's at a more even distribution too which overcame the problem's I was having last night with my syphons.

Perhaps matty you would consider a swap of some SP for Trout. I still have around 50 SP in FT1 and not enough GB online yet to handle more fish. Even though the SP range greatly in size size I really don't want to push the limits of my system and result in mega fish deaths. I also don't think I could handle losing a trout as welll as I have the very few SP deaths that I have had. :support:

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