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PostPosted: Dec 27th, '10, 00:56 
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so did you get any GB's for Christmas, CJ?


As a matter of fact, Dennis fixed the leaking drain for the 2nd GB (not yet online) so I'm very close to having a 40 gallon system:
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I guess that's OK since we don't celebrate Christmas. My Hanukkah present is almost a month overdue. A year or 2 ago Dennis broke the glass door on the oven of my wood stove, which is no long sold in America.
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If the glass on the wood stove portion breaks I wont be able to replace it. I'm now dubious of non-standard parts on something like this.

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what brand, model, etc... Maybe I can dig around some. I used to live in Bridgewater and Burlington for a time, some of it off the grid. PM me if you want to pursue the glass door issue.
I believe they used to say about VT: 11 months of winter and 30 days of mighty chilly weather. I feel for you trying the AP/GH thing up there. Still interested in the tobacco that you grew, how did it work out?

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I believe they used to say about VT: 11 months of winter and 30 days of mighty chilly weather. I feel for you trying the AP/GH thing up there. Still interested in the tobacco that you grew, how did it work out?


No, not 11 months of winter. 8 months of winter and 4 months of poor sledding.

The baccy from last year was fine. Stronger then the lights Dennis smokes but lighter then some whole leaf I purchased from someone on the http://www.howtogrowtobacco.com/ forum. The AP stuff wont be ready for at least a year.

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It's now a 40 gallon system!
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Now what to do about the 3rd GB? I have a free 10 gallon FT so I may try that 1st. That would actually be the "proper"ratio of 1:2 FT:GB I believe.

When do I plant again? At the full moon?

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Ugggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!
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I came home to the ominous sound of lots of water splashing. My $16 timer has been a little sensitive lately - if it gets knocked a bit it resets. Well, it must have reset while the pump was running today (the one day a week I'm gone all day).

It was running nonstop for a few hours I guess. Luckily all the water didn't overflow out of the GBs maybe 25%. Several gallons wound up on the wood floor...

Sigh. At least there were no fish deaths.

I need to get a new timer & my husband (the plumber) is wondering if people have water sensors to turn the pumps off if the water rises to a certain height in the GBs.

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Aahh that's scary!

One thing you can do is to set the pump above the floor of the fish tank. That covers you in case of leaks - it keeps the pump from pumping the tank dry and killing all the fish. That might also help keep leaks from being the full tank volume in the worst case scenario.

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Dave Donley wrote:
One thing you can do is to set the pump above the floor of the fish tank.


That actually was my set up till I moved things around! I took the rock out that the pump was sitting on just 24 hours before the pump problem. Who knew? The pump never failed to turn off before!

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Captain Hindsight says "some sort of provision for overflow would have prevented this. Maybe an extra uniseal and pipe..."

Of course, I only have overflow protection on three of ....um....six?...locations that would be better off with it. Too much plumbing garbage to deal with. The only places that have it are the outdoor tanks (in case of excessive rain or forgetful filler) and greenhouse growbed (in case of failure in drain system (once) or intentional flooding that became unintentional...

I should cut a notch in my indoor growbed so excess water will spill over and into the sump rather than around the sump and onto the floor.

Does anyone have foolproof, elegant, clever, and clean methods of flood protection? Perhaps someone will start another thread?

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Does anyone have foolproof, elegant, clever, and clean methods of flood protection? Perhaps someone will start another thread?


Well, ATM my new method is to have the input & output balanced so that it floods enough, but *can't* overflow. The price is efficiency but with my new timer I can't set the pump for less then 15 minutes anyway.

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Ah, yes, but what if your outflow is reduced by a bit of gravel, roots, or other debris? Or, in your climate, ice floes? *grin*

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Ah, yes, but what if your outflow is reduced by a bit of gravel, roots, or other debris? Or, in your climate, ice floes? *grin*


I'm hoping my new and improved outflow works better:
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Every now & then I remove one of the flat rocks & take a peak.

No ice floes so far inside - it was 70 this AM I didn't have to make a fire all day (my only source of heat). Made a ripping good one last night!

Speaking of which, here's what I brought to the New Years Eve party:
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Fresh AP basil in VT Dec 31st. Used up quite a bit in the tapanade. Had to, it was blocking sunlight.

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Hoping for good growth in the new year!

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Very nice. I should toss some basil into my indoor system.

So, taking a photo of the seed packets is an easy way to keep track of what and when you've planted? Works well, don't it!

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Almost ready to start a new thread:
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Behold the 50 gallon indoor system!

I'm holding off on the new thread a few weeks to see if I breakdown & replace the 10 gallon tank with a 20 gallon one. The Chinese Algae Eater I put in the 1st tank is Ok (hiding under the pump mostly)

The seeds I planted a few days ago have sprouted. Just need to seed the new GB and maybe get another LED light or two? Birthday is coming up...

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First a question:
Are these springtails? Does anyone else have them? I know they're hard to see but in this photo the bed is flooded and when you look real close these little white bugs jump around. I don't see them unless I flood the bed above the gravel (like if I've just sown seed). My research seems to indicate they are no big deal. I seem to recall seeing the same critters in my worm bed.
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1 week after sowing & we're up & running:
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Planted the last bed a few days ago:
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Nice to see sprouts in January, eh?

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