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 Post subject: my first AP setup
PostPosted: Aug 2nd, '11, 18:44 
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HI Everybody.
I started to read about AP about three weeks ago, so two weeks ago I went out and bought a golden carp about 1.5 inches long, put him in a bucket, caught some fresh water srimp and added them to the bucket,,, :oops: they died in ten minutes.
last week I went to the river and collected gravle for my grow beds, and on the weekend I went to the rubbish dump to find a pump.
I am now finished my setup
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this system has been cycling since sunday. as the wife thinks this hobby is not worthwhile I am not allowed to spend any money on it so I only spent $9 so far... half of that was for the gold fish $4.5 and the other half is what I had paid for stuff that I had laying around...

the pump is on a timer 15 mins every hour
I would love to expand to IBC's however for now I will settle for 20L drums and a washing machine pump


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Welcome,

That looks like my first system :) even the pump!!! mine lasted 72h so i hope you get a bit longer out of yours!!

The wife will come around they all do :)

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As I am not allowed to spend money on this hobby, can I use a rusty nail in the GB instead of chelted iron???


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Watch out for the exposed wires :shock: :shock:
A little worried about how much sunshine you system will get??
Dont want to boil your fish.
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Get a couple of IBC's mate and get into it. Show the missus what aquaponics can do and we will talk you through it.
Seriously, you have to start somewhere :thumbleft:

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Get a couple of IBC's mate and get into it. Show the missus what aquaponics can do and we will talk you through it.
Seriously, you have to start somewhere :thumbleft:



Didnt 2 BYAP Beds and a 2000L Polymaster tank and a 1000L sump turn up when u were at work oneday........ and ur missus was like where did this come from hahaha!!!

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Jamey wrote:
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Get a couple of IBC's mate and get into it. Show the missus what aquaponics can do and we will talk you through it.
Seriously, you have to start somewhere :thumbleft:



Didnt 2 BYAP Beds and a 2000L Polymaster tank and a 1000L sump turn up when u were at work oneday........ and ur missus was like where did this come from hahaha!!!


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clever little design...

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hmmm wires. already triped over the cable at night. gee it made some prity blue sparks. will solder and insulate very soon, have thought about some shade for the tank.

I have only been married 8 months, if I did what you guys are saying, I might be divorced.
oh it would be nice to buy a bigger system

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ha go the IBC's then, i'm only engaged and she hasn't left me yet.......

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how many gold fish could i put in my system, and how soon?? I dont have any test equpiment...

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3 or 4 and they should power some lettuce and herbs in your system. A test kit would be handy but if SWMBO has her foot on your head, just run with it and it will work.

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careful with that metal over the tank at the bottom - the screen.. looks galvanized, that can leach some nasties into the system

have you added anything to cycle after you first fish died?

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careful with that metal over the tank at the bottom - the screen.. looks galvanized, that can leach some nasties into the system

have you added anything to cycle after you first fish died?

your right about the gal wire, i will think of somthing else to cover with..thanks

sorry that I gave the impression that my fish died, it was the shrimp that died, before I had made the system, in a bucket with no air... the golden carp is still swimming

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caught some fresh water srimp and added them to the bucket,,, they died in ten minutes.

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