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  1. I really enjoyed your posts regarding this Aufin, Thanks for posting. Cheers
  2. Hi Zak, I would of expected the readings to be the other way around. The ammonia dropping makes sense and is how I would expect your cycling phase to be at this stage. I would of expected The Nitrites to be off the charts and the Nitrates to be at 5. If your nitrites are off the charts. I would do nothing ATM and they should come down soon. I'm not aware of high nitrites effecting your plants, so just be patient and do nothing apart from daily testing and logging. If your nitrates are off the charts and your ammonia and nitrites are at 5 you are further along the cycling stage but you still have not fully cycled, It's not until both the ammonia and nitrites get to 0 you have fully cycled. To lower the nitrates, I would plant more plants if you can so they can feed off the nitrates and lower them in your system. BTW what is your pH reading and tank temps? Cheers.
  3. Hi Colin Now that looks so good (apart from the olives lol) How long did he take to grow to that size? Cheers.
  4. Good to hear from you Colin, Love your setup, Nice to hear and see it's giving you a lot of satisfaction. The tomatoes look great and I bet they taste even better! My iVAs system is going to have to wait for a while, unfortunately. I have to spend a lot of time (and that is time I don't have ATM) trying to find the correct sand at the correct price and to date have failed. I may have to pay the $250.00 plus price tag per tonne the way things are going but I just don't want to do that, and I kind of think it's against the underlying iAVs principle of not spending a lot of money on components (I call sand a component lol) for this type of system. Inexpensive and simple are my thoughts on this. When and if I find the correct type of sand I'll post it so you and others won't have the trouble I have. Hopefully I'l get somewhere. I've tried quarries who don't sell less than 8 tonne orders, the places they suggest I go and those places don't understand the CS 33 specs so I go looking in the yards and can't find the sand pure enough and coarse (or fine) enough. I did find a mob in prospect or thereabouts who promised to get back to me but have not after 6 months they are a mob a civil engineering friend suggested I use. so yeah, a little frustrating but not giving up just have to find the time now. One thing I might do is to ring Gary's suggestion of Riverside sands in Brisbane and ask them if they know of similar people to them in Adelaide. Cheers.
  5. Hi Waldsworld, Welcome to APN. Cheers
  6. Hi Dave, Welcome back mate, I hope your retirement proves to be enjoyable for you. Do you still have your Beema? I fully understand the time issue. I'm sure you'll post when you can. I've enjoyed your previous projects you have shared and I look forward to reading about your future solar, crayfish and what other projects you wish to share with us. Cheers.
  7. Hi Aswin, Also, see below presentation. Where it asks "Would you like to continue where you left off?" Press the No button to allow presentation to occur. Cheers
  8. Hi AquaAura, Interesting thread, My work has has 2 significant fish ponds lining each side of a grand entrance to reception. In those fish ponds we have a large number of goldies and water lilies. I love water lilies and often think it would be nice to do something like that at home. But I can't ATM, don't have enough room. A few years ago I asked the question about growing non fruiting plants and most people on the forums said they prefered to grow things you could eat, so this thread is of interest to me. One concern I would have is if you were to grow any plant that would produce toxic chemicals into the water of an RAS and the effect that would have on your fish. That is the only concern I can see. Anyway, I like this thread and your story so far. I look forward to following it. Cheers.
  9. Hi Nate, IMO, I would need more info to comment further. I think you may need to strengthen things up but I'm not confident about that yet Could you give us a side view of the whole system and point out where this issue is please? Cheers.
  10. Hi Zak, and welcome to APN, Just a question, I'm looking at your sand bagging and can see how you can access your right hand side ank middle right tanks for cleaning and maintenance,but how can you access the left hand side tanks? Cheers.
  11. You have to like him indeed and....I can relate to the P/O regarding that tie...With a new tie or one where you don't know where to start it can take a few tries to get the length right hey? lol
  12. Hi here is an interesting discussion and comparison of the two systems. Cheers
  13. Hi aswin, In this situation where it looks like there is lots of room, I would suggest to: Move all the electrics including the aerator to the side of the grow bed, away from the water. Bring the black conduit under the electrical box and fit a proper electrical fitting to the box that connects and seals the conduit to the box. Put a small grommet in the side where the wires went in originally. Then install your acrylic box around the components for protection against water. Cheers.
  14. Hi Valodja, Thanks for the reply, I thought there would be good reason to ask the question. In that case I think Andes info and links he supplied would be useful to you. Good luck, I hope it all turns out well for you and look forward to seeing your build thread when you are ready. Cheers.
  15. Neat setup aswin, Just a suggestion, I see you have one of the cords set up so if water gets on it it drips down away from the electrical boxes, which is good but...Could you not put the electrical boxes on the side of the growbed, away from the top of the tank? Looks good though. Cheers.