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 Post subject: Re: Don's AP Project
PostPosted: Apr 20th, '11, 14:36 
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looking great don :) :thumbright:
you might want to turn that gutter into pipe, otherwise your gonna get algae problems in your drain gutters . .

Yes i was going to write that but you beat me to it

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 Post subject: Re: Don's AP Project
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Hi Swanburg
I have that problem some but I have bolted my barrels together with two bolts on each side where they meet another barrel. Makes it a lot more stable. I have to use a spade as a lever to move the barrels around to get them straight with each other before bolting. It was easier when they were empty.

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Hi F&F
Hopefully the green house will help when it gets over the garden too. But the gutter cleans easier than the caps with the holes for the GB drains.

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I did not think it would be too many while I was dreaming up the project but I looks like lots now that I am doing the work on it. I have half of the barrels on racks and getting started making the thing work.
Oh I also wanted to ask you what is bore water that was used to start Faye's system?

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When I first started the thread for my system I tried to make a profile and add photos to the site all of which are too large to post. Now I can not find them to remove them. There were pointers to photo albums on the top left then but not now. Don't know where that was at. Thanks for the help I will remove them and replace with smaller ones like I posted if I can.
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Here I have decided that the spray bar was splashing the plants too much and tomatoes are not supposed to like that. Cousin Jerry had his down on the gravel.
We discussed it and I decided to change my setup. I had crosses and used them so every thing was just pointed straight out. I changed out the crosses for Tees so I could turn the ends down and not get any splashing on the plants. I had drilled the holes in the caps at a 45 degree angle so the spray could be directed. I think I may do another change and drill some caps so the water sprays out at 90 degrees so I can direct it better. I have some beds that fill to the top every time and some that do not fill clear up ever. All have same size holes for water flow.


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I decided that maybe the algae bloom was not clearing up because the shade was not covering enough of the water. I shortened the legs of the shade a bit. You can see the pipes going to the old Hydroponic system. I cleaned it up and put in fresh gravel and 14 Strawberries. I used the old pump with a longer hose and run my siphon back to the new Fish Tank. Quick setup for Strawberries. They are growing fast.


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PostPosted: Apr 21st, '11, 10:35 
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I have some beds that fill to the top every time and some that do not fill clear up ever. All have same size holes for water flow.


Put a ball valve on each delivery line... then you can adjust the flow into each accordingly...

You can also just run the "spray bars" horizontally... cap on end.... with holes drilled in them...


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This one is a bit hard to see but the leaves on the tomato plants are kinda turning brown. I think it was because of the water splashing on them. Any suggestions? Oh see the little garlic there. A week ago I put several in to see if it would live or die. The biggest one had a small bit of green showing. They seem to have chosen to flourish. That is about 5 or 6 inches growth in a week. WOW
The second pic 029 is of the oldest and biggest plant. It looks to be showing new growth but the leaves on the outside of the plant are the worst showing brown edges.


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This morning I did a water test to see if we are making bacteria and I guess I just don't know. We had about 4" of rain here in the last two days.
Ph 7.8
amonia less than 0.25
Nitrite nearly 0
rate nearly 0

water is still cloudy dark. Fish are eating now and can see the come to the food some but not like all 300 are getting to the surface. Mostly Blue Gills and a few Cats. Gotta run for now.
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donone wrote:
Oh I also wanted to ask you what is bore water that was used to start Faye's system?

Our water is ground water, we pump it to a tank and that is all we have coming to our house, I think you call it well water. Our alternatives are rainwater and even though we are only 15 minutes form Perth city we do not have access to scheme/ mains water.
Your system is looking great Donone. :thumbleft:

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Looks good. I ran what I call dead line from water entery end to the other of bang of beds with a valve to adjust flow. You can also change hole sizes in caps bigger on far end and smaller on in coming end. The bigger you can make the holes the more water you can move. I like to see water coming out the drain and overflow before the cycle ends. This is just my idea, I think. Jerry Oh did't tell you that that loader would your best buy.


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Hi Faye
I get it a well is a bore hole or a drilled well. The same as what I have. I also have a small river going through my place I can take water out of most of the year.

I found the photos I uploaded and replaced them today with the right size ones.
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Hi Jerry
I remember you telling me about that. You had the trouble even with the 1" pipe so it must not be a size issue with mine being 3/4". Pushing on.
More later I'm sleepy tonight. It is 1:00 am here now.
Goodnite.
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lookin great don..
one thing to be aware of though, the holes drilled in the caps will have a tendency to clog..
best of luck!

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