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 Post subject: Re: DrLuke's System(s)
PostPosted: May 1st, '12, 11:17 
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I should have paved, but was trying to minimse cost.


My aunti and uncle were pretty mad on the whole 'rustic' look and were able to collect heaps of old bricks for next to nothing. Just the effort it took to collect them and clean them up. It actually looked awesome IMHO after they had finished paving their back yard. That was in kalgoorlie though and alot of old houses with chimney stacks were getting demolished.

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trying to minimse cost.


This rings true to my heart though. I hear ya mate. :wave1:

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 Post subject: Re: DrLuke's System(s)
PostPosted: May 1st, '12, 13:05 
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Well. Aquaponics is cool and organic, but my goal of growing my own food is cost and education related more than anything. I'd like to say in 5-6 years that my yield has justified the costs. But maybe this is a fools dream.


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PostPosted: May 1st, '12, 16:28 
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Here's a pic of my fish.

For reference, the SLOs are 40mm. So the fish are all between 50-120mm+

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They are still petrified. They realy dont want to come to the front of the tank to get food, let alone to the surface.


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Might be lit up too much, my tank is painted and my trout feed like crazy when the shade cloth is put on top.

Maybe try some dark shade cloth around the sides, the natural instincts of fish is to avoid light.

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:headbang: I've got shade cloth about 90% if I can remember and Barra and trout weren't and aren't shy but can't say the sme for my SP fingerlings, what a bunch of sooks, can't even tell if their feeding.

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PostPosted: May 1st, '12, 17:44 
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I'm halfway through building a barrier/box around the tank anyway. I only took the black plastic off the tank because of I was working on that the other day.


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PostPosted: May 1st, '12, 17:48 
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here are the pics of the underside of my IBC grow bed as promised. You can see how much (or lack there of) extra cross beams are required.

It is stretching/saging a little bit in the middle.

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And here is where i needed to wedge some exra support under the corners. In the previous post you can see the corner at the back near the fence does not have the extra wedge yet.

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From the top you can see where the right hand back corner has dropped about 1-2cm lower than the left corner.

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I see what u mean.thanks for the pics mate.

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DrLuke wrote:

They are still petrified. They realy dont want to come to the front of the tank to get food, let alone to the surface.


I find my trout won't come up to feed if they can see me. So I just stand back from the tank a bit and throw the food in. Also helps avoid the ensuring splashes.

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 Post subject: Re: DrLuke's System(s)
PostPosted: May 2nd, '12, 04:00 
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Lol yeah.

I had the same thought, but needed to stick my head over the tank all the time to check the food was being eaten, since it was the first feeding and I'm trying not to spike ammonia.

It's too hard to see the 2mm pellets on the bottom if u don't watch them.


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PostPosted: May 5th, '12, 17:06 
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And she cameth down to the garden, and she said.

'fore the christening of the first born son. The hideous water beast of the garden, whose spindly skeleton and watery bowels be open for all to see, shalt be adorned in with mavelous robes and crisp lines. And the beast shalt be tammed and cut off from the world of man such that small children can run and play near the beast with out fear of being cosumed by into its belly. And so it shalt be done.

And it was.

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PostPosted: May 5th, '12, 17:21 
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I actually like the wood grain look better.

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But chose to paint for a couple of reasons:
1) Wood/decking oil is a pain to maintain year after year, and I don't like the idea of it near the fish
2) Polyeurethane is not good in the weather and the marine grade stuff is $$$$$$
3) I had paint colour matched to my colorbond colors on my house lying around.

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PostPosted: May 6th, '12, 09:35 
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The trout love darker tank with the new barrier in place. They are smashing the food mug harder now, and are coming mid way up the depth of the tank to take food. Occasional splash at the surface.

I put my battery back up resun air pump in the tank today. I knew the 5lt per min would not provide a great deal of air, but it was less than expected. It is only a supplement/backup for if the power goes off though. If I have more troutnext year I'll get a blower


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PostPosted: May 6th, '12, 11:33 
Nice to see Luke... a job well done...


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