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  1. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in DIY Build the original airlift   
    Hi 
     
    I built a trial airlift based on details supplied by the same people two years ago. I used a 90mm pipe and ran a 30 watt air pump.
     
    The video shows the flow achieved as I varied the height of the outlet.
     
    I was impressed with the flow, but I  have still not built the system.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
     
     

  2. kellenw liked a post in a topic by Joey in Removing Trees   
    Hi
     
    Recently I have decided to remove a hedge to increase light available for my fruit trees and also provide additional space for my vegetable garden.
    A good friend of mine has manufactured a tripod out of left over steel and provided a 5 ton block and tackle. To build something like this costs approximately $250.00 a lot cheaper than buying a stump grinder.
     
    To remove a tree stump simply set up the tripod above the stump and winch it out, the whole process takes about 10 minutes.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey


  3. kellenw liked a post in a topic by Joey in Removing Trees   
    Hi
     
    Recently I have decided to remove a hedge to increase light available for my fruit trees and also provide additional space for my vegetable garden.
    A good friend of mine has manufactured a tripod out of left over steel and provided a 5 ton block and tackle. To build something like this costs approximately $250.00 a lot cheaper than buying a stump grinder.
     
    To remove a tree stump simply set up the tripod above the stump and winch it out, the whole process takes about 10 minutes.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey


  4. kellenw liked a post in a topic by Joey in Removing Trees   
    Hi
     
    Recently I have decided to remove a hedge to increase light available for my fruit trees and also provide additional space for my vegetable garden.
    A good friend of mine has manufactured a tripod out of left over steel and provided a 5 ton block and tackle. To build something like this costs approximately $250.00 a lot cheaper than buying a stump grinder.
     
    To remove a tree stump simply set up the tripod above the stump and winch it out, the whole process takes about 10 minutes.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey


  5. edmolina liked a post in a topic by Joey in Why Aquaponics?   
    Hi
     
    I have been running my system since 2010 which has developed into a combination of RAS and Aquaponics. It has grown out a lot of trout but they are limited by the temperatures we experience during the summer. I am now running silver perch which are a batch I started in 2011.  I also have one solitary murray cod.
    The flood and drain grow beds in my green house are used to grow lettuce, mint, garlic and propegate cuttings which we use elsewhere. I won't eat my Silver perch as they are the nutrient supply for my system. These silver perch have proven to be tough survivors over the years and are now in the larger tank where I previously kept trout.
     
    I also keep chickens for eggs and compost and grow the bulk of my vegetables in my dirt garden. 
    In 5 years in Aquaponics I have seen nothing that would encourage me to do this on a commercial basis. However I still get enjoyment out of a great hobby. I am happy to keep running my system but I am not making it any larger.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  6. Rotaco liked a post in a topic by Joey in My Permaculture Design Course   
    Hi Gary
     
    Will be interested to see how your property on Macleay Island.is changed into a permaculture environment, as you are constrained by block size, water and the water retention properties of your soil. Geoff Lawton is an inspirational teacher enjoy your course.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey.
  7. edmolina liked a post in a topic by Joey in Why Aquaponics?   
    Hi
     
    I have been running my system since 2010 which has developed into a combination of RAS and Aquaponics. It has grown out a lot of trout but they are limited by the temperatures we experience during the summer. I am now running silver perch which are a batch I started in 2011.  I also have one solitary murray cod.
    The flood and drain grow beds in my green house are used to grow lettuce, mint, garlic and propegate cuttings which we use elsewhere. I won't eat my Silver perch as they are the nutrient supply for my system. These silver perch have proven to be tough survivors over the years and are now in the larger tank where I previously kept trout.
     
    I also keep chickens for eggs and compost and grow the bulk of my vegetables in my dirt garden. 
    In 5 years in Aquaponics I have seen nothing that would encourage me to do this on a commercial basis. However I still get enjoyment out of a great hobby. I am happy to keep running my system but I am not making it any larger.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  8. SmokyMtnAquaponics liked a post in a topic by Joey in My Winter Trout System   
    Hi lukeboshier.
    120mm fingerlings are the way to go if you can get them. I used to start with small fingerlings however I now buy yearlings, it certainly saves a lot of time. Trout are by far my favourite fish to keep in aquaponics.
    Cheers
    Joey
  9. Cecil liked a post in a topic by Joey in Where is Gary hiding?   
    Hi Gary
     
    This is great news, wishing you good health and happiness into the future.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  10. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Joey in Respect   
    Hi
     
    I am probably a little older than middle aged and grew up in a working class environment. I agree the younger generation does not have the same respect as we had as they have been brought up to be free thinkers without the threat of corporal punishment. However we had a large number of advantages that todays youth does not have.
     
    . We had Tech Schools
    . Choice and availability of apprenticeships after a Form 3 or Form 4 education.
    . By the time we were 20 we had a skilled trade and were set up for a good future.
    . Governments at that time provided affordable housing and houses for purchase were affordable.
    . People could be given a start in a job and trained on the job. They did not need a Certificate 3 to get a start.
    . We still had a manufacturing industry now nearly all gone.
    . We had restricted trading hours which ensured most people enjoyed a weekend off to spend with families.
    . Most of the country holidayed in Australia not overseas, workers took holidays in January while factories closed down for maintenance.
    . The State governments owned utilities like water, gas and electricity these utilities trained large amounts of trades that later were employed by private enterprise.
     
    Governments from both sides of politics have resided over this decline over the last 40 years and it hasn't stopped yet. However we are now at the stage they have nothing left to sell. 
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  11. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Joey in Respect   
    Hi
     
    I am probably a little older than middle aged and grew up in a working class environment. I agree the younger generation does not have the same respect as we had as they have been brought up to be free thinkers without the threat of corporal punishment. However we had a large number of advantages that todays youth does not have.
     
    . We had Tech Schools
    . Choice and availability of apprenticeships after a Form 3 or Form 4 education.
    . By the time we were 20 we had a skilled trade and were set up for a good future.
    . Governments at that time provided affordable housing and houses for purchase were affordable.
    . People could be given a start in a job and trained on the job. They did not need a Certificate 3 to get a start.
    . We still had a manufacturing industry now nearly all gone.
    . We had restricted trading hours which ensured most people enjoyed a weekend off to spend with families.
    . Most of the country holidayed in Australia not overseas, workers took holidays in January while factories closed down for maintenance.
    . The State governments owned utilities like water, gas and electricity these utilities trained large amounts of trades that later were employed by private enterprise.
     
    Governments from both sides of politics have resided over this decline over the last 40 years and it hasn't stopped yet. However we are now at the stage they have nothing left to sell. 
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  12. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in Allan Savory   
    Hi
     
    I have just watched an interesting video presentation given by Allan Savory, on how to green the worlds desserts and reverse climate change.
     
    Have any of you guy's seen this video or heard of his ideas.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey.
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI
  13. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in Joey's Hybrid Gravel grow bed/Floating raft system   
    Thanks Ande
     
    My plans have changed in that the RAS is still running with 50 silver perch. They have been moved into the trout tank and are loving life in their new home as well as the hot conditions.  
    Before dismantling and rebuilding my RAS I will build a new home for the silver perch in the green house also using airlift. This system will be built with all components on the one level.
    Listed below are the components in order of water flow:
     
    * Fish tank
    * Radial Flow Separator
    * Clarifier/Filter
    * Moving Bed Bio Filter
    * Gravel Grow bed (Constant flow)
    * DWC Floating raft bed
    * Sump
    * Water returned to Fish tank
     
    Finally when I rebuild the RAS in the shed I will re use the overhead bio filter tanks as level constant flow grow beds, they be located outside in the garden.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  14. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in Joey's Hybrid Gravel grow bed/Floating raft system   
    Hi
     
    I have started experimenting with the airlift to see if I can get a good working example before I build a new system. Here are a few photos of my first attempt. I followed the Belgian Koi friends ideas.
    I used a 1mm drill bit for the holes, spaced 1cm apart as per the template. The pressure chamber was made from a 100mm joiner from Bunnings and two 100mm to 90mm reducers, the riser pipe is 90mm stormwater pipe. The depth of this tank is only 1300 mm not the koi friends recommended 1750mm. I am just using what I have.
    I tried a Halia 20 watt air pump it did not work very well, when I grabbed the Halia 30watt pump it worked much better.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey




  15. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in Joey's Hybrid Gravel grow bed/Floating raft system   
    Hi
     
    With the heat wave we are currently having in Melbourne I had no option but to harvest all trout today. They are a mixture of Rainbow trout and Golden trout. I emptied my freezer of ice this morning but it only brought the temperatures down marginally, we still have two more 40 + degree days to go.
    I will be moving my silver perch and remaining murray cod into my green house and will start to dismantle my RAS.  This will allow me to start my airlift system project as well as insulate a portion of the shed so that the fish room can be airconditioned.
     
    We certainly have a good spread on this forum some of us are cooking while some others are freezing.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey


  16. Cecil liked a post in a topic by Joey in Anybody using airlifts to move water in their Aquaponics system?   
    They are limited by their system being entirely below ground level. Their ponds are also huge and I doubt they would operate on the same stocking density that we do in our systems. I don't think leaving some solids in their system until the next filter clean is much of an issue for them  
     
    For my new airlift system I will base my solids separation on the first two stages of my RAS filter. In my RAS there are 3 stages of solids separation, through use I found that most of my solids are removed by the first two stages with very little waste getting to the third stage. For my airlift system I do away with this third stage. 
     
    When building a system that relies on gravity to distribute the water,  problems with water backing up and overflowing the tanks is likely to occur. I had these problems with my RAS,  I added additional drain pipes and lowered the water level in the sump to get the water to flow to flow fast enough.
     
    In the new system I will not use the full depth of the tanks leaving some spare height to allow for water backing up. I will also use 90mm pipes instead of the 50mm used in my RAS to improve water flow. I have not considered a screen filter as I think it may restrict water flow too much.
     
    It is a bit of a shame that Paul has still got his shop closed as I need some 90mm uniseals .
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  17. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in Ready made kits are changing   
    Although I am interested only in DIY aquaponics. I found an ibc aquaponics kit for sale while searching for IBC tanks for my next project.
    This kit was different to a lot of those on offer as it included a radial flow filter and a self cleaning bio reactor using Mutag bio chips. It is also wired with a weather proof power point, the Tank and DWC raft tanks are insulated with reflective insulation. The system is well put together using uniseals and is well priced. It looks like the kit sellers are adopting solids removal with separate bio filtration as promoted by this forum.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey
  18. ande liked a post in a topic by Joey in Joey's Hybrid Gravel grow bed/Floating raft system   
    Hi
     
    Just a few photos of the fish I cooked today along with the little generator that saved my remaining fish during my recent power outage.
     
    Cheers
     
    Joey