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  1. And if you take regular weight counts (maybe 1 x every 10 days) you can follow performance of the animals with regards to total biomass, FCR and SGR.
  2. Hi Jake, We did something very similar at Latrobe University (Melbourne Australia) last semester as part of an undergraduate subject. Although the focus was on perceptions of aquaponics. We are in the process of analyzing data and I would be interested in comparing outcomes at a later stage.
  3. Hi Bigdaddy, That's a very neat installation, although I don't like all this expensive equipment fully exposed to the elements. I am running a simular set-up while based in country victoria. Mine is already running for 3.5 years and I still use old style AGM batteries, which approaching end of service life now. I have several aquaculture/aquaponics systems running. The system saved my fish a number of times during a power outage. So it's not just reducing power bills. btw my bills are in the plus during the summer, although the feed-in tariff is not great ($0.12 / kWh), while gridpower cost ($0.25 / kWh) + ($1.2 /day for the connection). I am planning to go offgrid when I switch to Lithium batteries.
  4. Cecil

    Only if you're interested, if you want to figure out how large a box four of the egg hatching trays would fit into, and a ball park weight, I would be happy to pre-pay shipping plus more to make it worth your while if shipping isn't too high. Most likely whatever shipping is would still be cheaper than buying them brand new. I assume you are talking Marisource or similar egg vertical incubation hatching trays?  Thanks!

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      phri

      Sorry that's a misunderstanding, I have those horizontal "old style" raceway tanks with hatching trays.

      I don't think shipping is a viable option, these tanks are like 3.5 meter long and build from fiberglass/resin. I am shipping from the us sometimes and the freight is shocking; 3 months ago I paid US $350 for freight for a small adjustable bar grader; viable as none in the country at that time and client had 100,000 fingerlings of a cannibalistic species hammering each other. 

    2. Cecil

      Cecil

      Yes I misunderstood no problem. And yes shipping is crazy for something like that. However I am lucky I can buy the horizontal raceways from a company in Florida USA (Pentair/AES) with free shipping on orders over $50.00. If one has to pay shipping here many times the shipping is just as much or more than the tank! 

  5. I think I would prefer the old style trough tanks, as you actually can see what's going on without opening anything, and thus this will enable you to pick up a problem hopefully before it becomes a disaster. It's a pity you are not closer as I have 4 of those laying around unused including 4 trays each.
  6. Stress due to on-off switching of pumps is mainly a result of high inrush currents at start-up. If you put a soft-starter or a vsd (speed drive) before a pump you limit this wear substantial. Obvious this is most relevant for larger expensive pumps. If you need a pump of less then 100W I wouldn't worry too much about start-up wear. Dry or submerged installation has both positives as well as negatives. My general advise; Small pump submerged with a magnet drive, bigger pumps dry installation, pump with shaft connecting motor & pump. Waste water pump submerged, as suction head tends to be low due to larger space between impeller and pumphouse.
  7. Nicely done with the laundry baskets, although seems like a lot of work to make. As an alternative you can use 50 mm pvc to make a floating frame, covered with oyster mesh, fixed with cable ties. Make them big enough so a box grader fit in and you can grade on size within 1 tank.
  8. Hi Ande, Excellent find, although I have seen a number of these publications already.
  9. If you like flood and drain, a timer on the pump, and a double overflow (restricted bottom and unrestricted top overflow) will work more reliable than a bell syphon.
  10. Hi Pita, Hard to advice without seeing the actual configuration, but I don't think size of tubing is the problem as velocity in pipe is high enough. In general raceways have poor self-cleaning properties (one of the reasons to choose round tanks). You can actually improve self-cleaning abilities by creating circular flow in sections of the raceway; they call this design mixed-cell raceway, see https://cals.arizona.edu/azaqua/ista/ISTA7/RecircWorkshop/Workshop PP & Misc Papers Adobe 2006/4 Culture Tank Design/Mixed-cell Raceway/Labatut 2005 - Aqua Eng - Hydrodynamics.pdf
  11. Hi Ande, You right this looks like an old hydrotech. I had a couple of those installed at a farm I managed back in 1989 (I think).
  12. Hi Moses, fyi, T5 florescent are the most used lights in Indonesia. I wonder, why do you need artificial light while you on top of the equator? as this guaranties sufficient light the whole year. Going to be hard to beat the sun, and electricity is quite expensive in indo.
  13. Hi Moses, Which island; Nias or one of the Mentawi islands? I actually recently visited West-Sumatra and the Gramedia I mentioned was in Padang. Years ago I lived and worked in Padang so I do know Sumatra a little bit. Ande, I do think that Moses his first language isn't English (btw neither is mine) and that's why I advised him to check out local resources.
  14. Hi Moses, In which part of Indonesia are you living? Might be a good idea to check out your local Gramedia for books on aquaponics, I was in Indonesia last February and they carried some good books on the topic.
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