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Hello all

The groundwork is finished, Friday is start of the tank installation.

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Welcome Oliver good to see some one else in the top end. We have had a couple of new members lately from up your way. I have just returned from a week up there but was unable to visit anyone due to time, not enough.

Where did you buy your IBCs from and how much if you do not mind answering. Have a mate at Humpty Doo I have been trying to get to build a system for a while. Upnorth is based at Howard Springs and has a system running.

Keep the photos coming and look to planting the asian vegies during the wet. If they are selling them in the markets then you should be able to grow them. Cheers

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Welcome Gwydion,

Good to see you underway there.

Looks like an animal has tested out the cement for you ;)

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Thanks for the welcome ccBear and Charlie.

If you are up here again, let me know. We had these IBC sitting around in our workshop, they had flockulant in them, were single use, but one of them has a broken valve and sits on a timber pallet. Because the IBC were on the way to the dump i could organise the disposal. We had a couple more which i gave to some people who made the same course on CDU as i did. That means there are a couple more systems going up around here.

I will try lots of veggies... most of i have never eaten before. I have heard Kang Kong is good to feed the red claws with.

Yes, that was my wolfhound cross, she wanted to leave some marks for eternity... in the background are some footings for a 40 foot shipping container as windbreaker and in the front another 3 for post so i can install a shade sail awning over the ibc for the wet season.

I also grabbed all the parts i need for the first auto siphon today so i can play around on the weekend.


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Kang kong is good as a salad leaf and in stir fries, you definitely will need the shade. Good luck

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Very jealous Oliver, I grew up in Darwin and still have family there but live in Perth now. If I ever I get back up there ill be setting up a system to grow barra in all year round for sure!! I wonder how mangrove jack would go in there?

Keep the photos coming as I look forward to seeing it all come together :)

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Mangrove jack needs the high salt content, barra starts out as a fresh water fish. We were going to move to Adelaide River when we purchased a place there last year. Barra all year and jade perch as well. Would have been nice.

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Thanks for the welcome cargs.

I was thinking of sleepy cods for one of the tanks, but i will try barra first, maybe in 2 different age cycles in the 2 tanks, so there are always young ones and meal size ones available.

I would like to have a way of setting up a sump as in your system, ccbear, but i am not keen on digging and putting it underground (and have cane toads swimming in it) and the land is absolutely flat here on our block.

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Reading through other systems i was just thinking as i have a 40 foot shipping container sitting next to the area were i want the FT/GBs maybe i should put 2 whole IBCs inside with artificial lighting and use the 300 to 400mm height difference and put a SLO through the side of the shipping container and use the new gained sumps on the 3 outside IBCs for red claws or as growing area for new fingerlings and the middle one when they are plumbed together for the return pump.

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Sit down and run through every configuration you can think of, then sort the positive and negatives of each system.

Barra is the easiest for you, I believe 50 is the smallest order from fisheries, as there are another couple of builds going on you may be able to buy as a group. Not sure if fisheries in the NT. sell sleepy cod. You will need a permit from them to bring in Jade Perch.

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Id put the fish tank/s in the container and the grow beds outside.

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Hello Charlie

Yes, that is what I have meant with two whole ibcs inside.

Just welded up the stumps for the shipping container. The plans for the next days are, pick up 55 bags of canna clay, 2 ibcs and some trim deck for the FTs and STs tomorrow, emptying of the container on Friday and getting more information about the cert 3 in aquaculture, crane to move the container onto future position on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Sunday to Tuesday is building time for FTs, STs and GBs.

Hope to start cycling by Tuesday. What is the general opinion on cycling with bacterial sample from a running system?

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Cool! Great minds think alike. Looking forward to your system build Gwd! :)

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What is the general opinion on cycling with bacterial sample from a running system?


Try to get some filter media, or clean the filter over your growbed. It will speed up cycling, but you run a risk of transferring nasties so be sure the donor system is healthy.

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BoredomIsFailure, thanks for the advise, i will think about it.

So, the building material is accumulating and i also picked up a cheap pump to start with from the big B... an AP 3000 which will end up as a backup pump when i find the right one to suit the system.

I also found an aerator at Petbarn, an Aqua ONE O2 Plus 8000 which i will pick up tomorrow. I have read mixed experiences here in the forum but Darwin is a little bit to small to be fussy, you take whats on the shelf (if you are as patient as i am... ;-) ) If i experience that it is not good enough for continious run, than i still have a backup aerator. :-D

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