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About bigdaddy

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  1. Hi Cecil, I've been a big fan Elon Musk and Tesla for quite a while now...They make lovely cars and off course a heap of other stuff...I like the way he presents his products, different in many ways to the way Steve Jobs used to present his products...maybe not as polished but very interesting in my book.... I did watch the Falcon Heavy Full launch live from my computer screen and for those who are interested... I think that's what you were getting at Cecil? Cheers.
  2. Hi Folks, I don't know much about U.S. politics so it's difficult for me to comment much, suffice to say I really do not understand them. I certainly do not understand why the majority of the U.S. people voted for Donald Trump. This time round I heard there was an shutdown but haven't bothered to follow it much or even think about it a great deal. I'm very disillusioned with Australian politics. We have the most anti worker government in power ever and what's worse, the alternative is no better. I have looked for years and seen bad things that could happen to Australia that even blind Freddie could see and no government or opposition did or will do anything to stop them. I don't think U.S. politics are any better so lately I've chosen to watch more educational programmes like Hogans Heroes instead I have noticed The U.S. have chosen to ignore potential flare ups around the world for decades. Think the Iranian hostage crisis and after, ignoring the treatment of the people of Iraq by it's leader. Afghanistan, the withdrawal of Russia and after the Taliban getting stronger and so on...Fast forward to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq and the willingness of the U.S. and her allies to ignore North Korea. Even now whilst the U.S. are focusing on North Korea they ignore China. I can tell you, there is feeling in Australia that we are very vulnerable to invasion by a myriad of countries who envy us, and covert our land and resources. China has just about invaded Australia by owning almost every major producing industry, particularly produce and mining. I digress... "The Post" a Steven Spielberg film starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks looks like a good film to watch. I've heard a very detailed description of it by a friend who has gone to the cinemas and watched it. Cheers.
  3. That makes sense Cecil... I must admit. I did see how limp the fish was and thought to myself "gee wizz they must be a lazy fish" then thought nothing more of it. Cheers
  4. Hi jojo, Welcome to APN, Enjoy the journey... Cheers.
  5. Hi Craig and welcome to APN. Cheers.
  6. Hi Camic, I forgot to ask, Whats your ammonia level? Also to measure how much media you have in your grow bed, we also need the depth so how deep is it? Cheers.
  7. Great fish Ande. Gees that guy has got to be crazy swimming in that hey? The things people do to catch a great fish...:) Cheers
  8. Hi Camic, and welcome to APN. I hate it when things are not right so let's see if we can help. Lets get a peg in the ground first. Some pics and commentary of your system, plants and fish would be good. Whats your water readings? Tank temps? pH? Nitrites? Nitrates? Any extra filtration? How big are your grow beds? I'm thinking you need to find out whats wrong with your fish at first..I'm not big on this type of thing so I invite others who may know to participate in this discussion as well. I'd find out about your fish and treat, if needed, treat system accordingly, check the quality of your water, check out how much bio filtration you have, I'd suggest it's OK but we don't know yet. Also I'd suggest you may not have enough fish for your plants to get nutrients, but again we don't know until we find out how big your grow beds are. So, in summary, lets find out about your fish first treat them and your system if it needs it, then check your water and grow beds. Hang in there and keep at it, hopefully we can help you get your system up and running OK. Cheers.
  9. Stuff that Cecil! That's not my idea of fun...Mind you, I have not lived nor have I been brought up in the cold... I would prefer the heat. 40 C to - 25 C myself We're going for a top of 25 C - 77 F today with a minimum of 15 C - .59 F..Just perfect IMO I have noticed you guys are having a cold winter over there. On the opposite end of the scale,We have not really had a hot summer over here at all (quite pleasant actually) with only a handful of days getting over 40 C - 104 F. Cheers.
  10. Happy New Year everyone. Cheers.
  11. Merry Christmas Ande and all. Cheers.
  12. The fish don't know if they are Athur or Martha LOL... Just on water testing Bryan...I've found I need to test and log at least daily when cycling, then with the tanks cycled, maybe weekly or even two weekly if results allow...I found I only need to reach for the water test kit when I find an issue then I may test more frequently until the issue is solved then I stretch the timing out again. I look for visible differences also use my nose and ears, then if something doesn't smell or sound right I start to investigate. Cheers.
  13. Hi AT, My direct answer is not going to be helpful to you, but I'll try to expand. I've moved into a brand new house so ATM I don't have one running. When time permits I will though. These systems last as long as you want them to. If you are using gravel or clay or other course media, the media does eventually clog and you need to replace it. If you have no other filtration they do no not last as long as if you were to properly filter with MBBR, swirls or other filters. There is plenty of info on this forum about that if you use the search function. If you decide to do iAVs the correct sand is the key, no other filtration is required and it is not known how long the sand will last at this stage but all reports are substantially longer. If you want to see what I have done over the years use the search function and you may need to dig a little further into the archives. Lots of people have also posted their systems in the build section plus, we would like you to post your build as you go along your journey as well, this helps other future newbies and also helps the current community. Cheers.
  14. Mistake: Not being patient when doing first cycle and wanting to change the water because I thought the water readings were too high. Remedy: Posted everydays reading on the forum and told people what I wanted to do then listened to their advise, became patient and did not change the water. Cheers
  15. Hi Bryan and welcome to APN, I love the way you have integrated technology with growing food. I also love your sticker work So I take it you still manually test the water? and how often do you test it now? Cheers.