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  1. Hi BD - that fish was an original to the system in May 2009.
  2. Tonight dinner from our AP System...
  3. Looking forward to an update bigdaddy. My Balcony Kit is still going strong! Regards - ColinW
  4. I'm still here!!! I check in every now and then. Nothing new happening... AP just rolling along!!! Snow Peas doing really well at the moment!!! Anyone wanna buy some Snow Peas??? Regards to all - ColinW
  5. Pictures Shane!!! You know we want pictures!!!! Regards - ColinW
  6. Gees Shane... I was getting worried about you!!! Glad to hear all is well!!! We ate one of our Silvers the other night... Steamed with Spring Onion and Ginger - served with Soy Sauce - here are some pics...
  7. Where has Shane gone???
  8. I have Silvers and Catfish in one tank. Have harvested a number of Silvers. They are definitely slow growing over winter... but they do grow to an edible size.
  9. Well... you really do eat well Shane!!! In my case... I eat well too!!! BUT... I really must confess that all I do is CATCH the Fish... my lovely wife cleans... and cooks the Fish!!! When life is good... it is REALLY GOOD!!!
  10. Silver Perch... steamed with Spring Onion and Ginger... served with Soy Sauce... on Rice.
  11. Today we harvested our Water Chestnuts... and a Silver Perch. Both ended up on our dinner plates... in a Stir Fry...
  12. Hi Shane - finished stage 2 today. No - covers not attached... just sitting in channel around the edge of the growbeds. Will strap them down with an elastic strap from side to side - under each end of the growbeds.
  13. Hi Shane - my wife was sick of plant attacks by possums... or rats. She came up with some novel solutions... Plant Covers "Hoot" Owl Sensor Light Trap
  14. Hi All - started with 2 plants from CERES in Brunswick. First year not much growth - no harvesting until this year. Probably should have put more distance between the new plants that came up (allow about 100mm) - they were very crowded when harvesting. I think if they were further apart - they may have grown bigger. Regards - Colin
  15. Hi Gary - simple to grow. I think our weather is not that good... but he... you never know if you don't give it a go. I'll see if I can get instructions up... Shane - Yes... Silver Perch and Stir Fried Water Chestnuts unbelievably "Noice"!!!
  16. This pic from a prospecting trip near Maryborough Vic... no tenting it here!!!
  17. Back in 2009 I tried Potatoes in Aquaponics... and Dirt. I actually harvested them too early - before the leaves dried off. My AP System was only about 8 months new at the time. I'll let the comparison pic tell the story...
  18. Hi R9X - seems you already know all the answers. Regards - ColinW
  19. Looking really good there Shane!!! Best wishes - ColinW
  20. So how much are the pH meters you sell? Regards - ColinW
  21. Why a Poll??? I thought they were all good points for avoiding fish kills???
  22. Remember to re insert power cords if removed for other purpose Ensure pets ... falling implements - do not dislodge power cords
  23. What AP System maintenance practices do others follow? I regularly clean the pump by removing it from the fish tank, taking the cover off and hosing the filter. I regularly brush the sides walls and floor of the fish tank. I regularly check the siphons and pipe work for blockages. I regularly check the back-up power system and battery charger. I have now adopted a monthly water quality checking regime because it has been consistent since cycling completed more than 18 months ago. The only movement noticed has been a very slow drop in pH. Regards - ColinW
  24. And do not forget to have "good back up system" for power failure event - the one Gary was guilty of when he lost his Jade Perch!!!
  25. It seems Dr Wilson Lennard has provided us with an "escape clause" in his modelling of both BYAP and Practical Aquaponics Kit Systems (and DIY Home Built AP Systems) that do not comply with his findings - with this paragraph towards the end of the documents: "Finally, there is much precedent for the fact that media bed aquaponic systems operate well across a wide range of inputs and operating conditions. Therefore, the outcomes of this study are suggested fish densities and in all likelihood, fish densities and feed rates outside of these modelled results may still work very well.†To me this implies that many AP Systems – can, will... and do operate well - outside the scientific study parameters and recommendations. So if your AP System is running well with plant and fish growth – just keep on doing what you’re doing. I believe Dr Wilson Lennard has identified the main issues regarding home AP Systems on his Aquaponic Solutions website – and I hope that he does not mind that I have copied them to here: “System Design Aquaponic Solutions has advised many people on their backyard aquaponic systems, and the following are some of the main things we have seen people do wrong or completely avoid. Backyard aquaponic systems should encapsulate several design principles to be efficient and effective: 1. One pump only - for energy efficiency 2. Gravel bed hydroponic components - easy and efficient plant growth and biofiltration in the one unit 3. Constant Flow or Ebb & Flow water delivery to the hydroponic component 4. The preparedness to heat the system water in colder months 5. The use of the correct gravel type in the hydroponic component 6. A requirement to test the water on a regular basis†Best wishes to all - Colin