Roddy

Starting from scratch - Roddys build.

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Hello to the forum members,

I have done the intro already in another part of the forum but thought I would give a heads-up and some photos of my brief but very productive journey into AP.

I only became aware of AP in March 2014 after a visit to my Uncles home where he had a small set-up of a couple of IBC's and mixture of grow beds scattered around the yard. I couldn't get over the plants that he was growing and the speed at which they grew. That got me hooked to try out myself.

The build of the fish tanks, GB's and shade house all commenced around the middle of September 2014.

Attached are a few photos along the way.

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The preparation of the IBC's

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The shade house was put together from a Temporary Carport (Purchased from auto spares shop), 2 x clear reinforced tarps, and 30% shade cloth ( fence mesh used on building sites) total cost for a 6.00m x 3.00m fully enclosed shade house - $200.

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Testing out a few Wicking Beds as well.

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Addition of a bit of NFT

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Some of the veges currently thriving

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Chilli's just love the environment

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Small tower filled with vermiculite for strawberries attached to the side of the GB.

Will add some fishy photos over the next few days,

Cheers

Roddy

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Cool.  Do you have your IBC tanks plumbed together, or are they separate?

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I love how compact you've made your system. I've noticed how great the color of your produce is. Have you been supplementing nutrients at all? And does the vermiculite stay put in your little grow tower?

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Cool.  Do you have your IBC tanks plumbed together, or are they separate?

Hi Craig. All the IBC's are interconnected. The outer two are my fish tanks and the inner two are sumps. Still need to set up a couple of swirl filters inbetween.

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I love how compact you've made your system. I've noticed how great the color of your produce is. Have you been supplementing nutrients at all? And does the vermiculite stay put in your little grow tower?

Hi Noob. I give a small dose of Seasol (seaweed extract) every couple of weeks. I used Seasol to cycle up the system prior to adding fish and it worked very well. As for the vermiculite, once it is moist, it stays in the tower with out a problem.

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Good to hear the vermiculite stays put. I have huge bag of it so perhaps I'll give it a try myself. I found it's hard to find Seasol here in the US. We have a product called MaxiCrop or something like that looks similar. I'll have to keep it in mind.

 

Cheers!

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Good to hear the vermiculite stays put. I have huge bag of it so perhaps I'll give it a try myself. I found it's hard to find Seasol here in the US. We have a product called MaxiCrop or something like that looks similar. I'll have to keep it in mind.

 

Cheers!

Maxi crop is basically the same stuff. I use vermiculite in the bottom of my halved 200 litre drums I use as wicking beds to reduce some weight.

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