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Making some headway on the new building and system. The goal is to have the greenhouse operational in the next month, before cold weather sets in. I have two tanks in my garage, both 225 gallons or 30 cubic feet. One holds 113 tilapia, around 3" at the moment, growing fast. The other holds 13 redclaw. I ordered 20, and 7 didn't make it....summer heat during shipping might have been a bit much. I have a few plants growing over the tilapia but I just replaced the light with a six bulb fluorescent. I'll get the specifics later. I'll start with a few pictures, and show you the progress as it happens. Any input would be greatly appreciated, novice here...


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The redclaw..


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The redclaw making themselves at home


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The plants...just a trial and error attempt. I already figured out the light was insufficient. I've replaced it with a better setup. I'll take some pics when I get home


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The building. I should be able to spend some time on it this weekend


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The first water test. My kids and I tested the tilapia water last night. It was fun, like a science project..lol


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Looks good mate, my kids love to do "colour science"as they call it, too!

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I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!

One thing I'll note, on the PH test, when you get dark blue, switch to to the high range test. Dark blue means it could be 7.6+.

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Looking forward to seeing the stages of construction on the greenhouse. Hopefully the weather will play nice.

Keep posting pics.

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Tragedy strikes!!!! We were at a tennis tournament today, and we had some wind....grrr...

Anyway, we lost a few limbs from our three year old peach tree...as well as part of our first crop! We saved what we could and pruned the tree a bit. Heck of a crop for its first! Bennet, my son, shows his sorrow for the loss of limbs.. We've had the tree for three years, it might have been a year old when we got it.


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The peaches...


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Colum, we'll do the high ph test tomorrow. It was our first tine, and the system is pretty new. I'll take pics of the fish and filters tomorrow. We have an early morning...Bennet has to be on the tennis court at 7:30 am, and we just got home at 9:15...after the peach rescue, he headed straight to bed. I'm not far behind!

Bits, this weekend should see the hoop brackets, some siding, and the start of the underground plumbing. I'll post the plan of attack tomorrow when we get home.

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I finally had a free moment to think about plumbing and layout of the greenhouse. I have no idea how to do the computer drawing like some of you do, but I can use a pencil! Actually, I use the eraser more than the lead...haha. Anyway, the pole building section will house the tanks, shelving, and wood boiler. I have a boiler that heats my house, garage, and barn through water plumbed underground. I tapped into those water lines for this building and picked up a used wood boiler to put some extra heat into the boiler water supply. The extra boiler should heat the air in the greenhouse, heat the concrete using pex lines in the ground, as well as return warmer water to the main boiler. The Aquaponic water drains (apd) in the picture will return the ap water from growbeds or towers to the sump. While they return through the pipes in the ground, they will also be heated from the concrete. Michigan winters get cold! I'll control the heat in the floor through thermostats which turn pumps on/off to pull hot water from the boiler through the lines in the concrete. My goal is to maintain the "tropical" environment the tilapia and red claw are best suited for. I'll continue to upgrade my incredibly crude drawing as I go, please feel free to chime in..


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I finally found some time to work on the project...I installed the poles for the hoops and some of the trim


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Its coming along nicely!


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