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  1. Hi Ragat, Thanks for your kind thoughts, they are very much appreciated. I live in Adelaide which is the capital of South Australia with approximately 1 million residents. We are lucky enough to have a lot of trees in our streets. My area is what we describe as an inner subrurb of the metropoetan area. What you can see is the overhead power lines in front of a nice green tree in our street. Living close to town has many benefits but naturally, it does lack to country feel. To put things in perspective, I live approximately 1 hour drive away from the hills, Barossa, Cape Jervis (mainland opposite Kangaroo Island) and other areas in the country. I have friends and work colleagues who live in the hills and the area where these devasting fires hit and they are ok. Luckily for me the fires haven't come that close. I do remember the scary Ash Wednesday fires in the 1980's, they were closer and one the comments I heard from a person who volenteers say, we are due for another event like that. Later on, I'll move over to the bushfires thread and talk a bit more of the current state as not to clog this thread up. Luckily the fires are no where near where all our natinal grid interconectors are so at the moment we are ok with that. Having said that, the clean up after these fires will cost billions of dollars nationally and eventually that cost will be passed down to us the customer in different ways. The money does have to come from somewhere I spose. I don't know how your system is set up but mine is set up, where my house uses the energy made from the solar panels first then, the battery, then the grid. Interstingly, I'm looking forward to my next electricity bill (who would of thought?) which is due in six weeks or so. A couple of things to take into consideration is, it is summer time here so we have the best chance of solar input so whilst cooling is expensive, heating is slightly more expensive. The other thing to think about is, whilst we had some very hot days, we have had a lot of cooler days with the temps on some being well below the January average. That means no cooling nor heating has been required. Today in my area we are heading for a top of 26 C, which is warmer than it has been for the last few days. My monitoring estimates daily net savings have been mostly in the minuses so I'm happy with that. Cheers.
  2. Hi Hamiltonaquaponics. What veges have you grown so far? Cheers.
  3. Hi Ande/All, I woke up early this morning (2.30am) and thought I'd go outside for a walk before going back to sleep, only to find a strong smell of smoke in the air. Last night the media weather outlets were predicting Adelaide could have smoke haze from the fires in New South Wales, Victoria and Kangaroo Island. Here is an article written yesterday on the disasters unfolding here in Australia. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/australia/australia-fires-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html Whilst I will stay out of the never ending political climate change debate and will refuse to be drawn into it, I found this interactive map to be interesting. Regardless of whatever you may see these fires are huge. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2019/dec/07/how-big-are-the-fires-burning-on-the-east-coast-of-australia-interactive-map Fears of another megafire to break out soon. https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/enormous-megafire-huge-blaze-threatens-to-merge-across-two-states/news-story/2891799b77674eddf576c0b62550218e Here's an interesting picture of the aircraft used in our national firefighting fleet. https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/nafc-arena-help/2018+National+Fleet+Poster+A3.pdf Cheers.
  4. Hi everyone, For those who do not know, in Australia we have very dangerous bush fires with the latest disaster being the worst on record. Nearly 6,000,000 hectares, over 14,000,000 acres of land has been burned since September. At least 17 people have been killed to date. There is no end to this devastation in sight . Before Christmas, they were planning to fight the fires at least until the end of January. There are fires in every state and resources are stretched. I would like to make a special mention of appreciation to our volunteer fire fighting heroes who selflessly give of themselves and thier loved ones to fight these fires. Below is a map of where the fires are, plus, there is another brief article below the map which may be of interest. https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au/ https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/australia/australia-fires-explainer-intl-hnk-scli/index.html Cheers.
  5. Hi Mohamed, I just quickly searched our Australian websites such as Ebay or Amazon and found below link as an example. I feel you should be able to find similar websites in your region. I have used this API fresh water master test kit for years and it works ok for me. https://www.ebay.com.au/p/23032171709?iid=173147570742&chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=705-139619-5960-0&mkcid=2&itemid=173147570742&targetid=480387083982&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9070851&poi=&campaignid=7408110601&mkgroupid=79663541654&rlsatarget=pla-480387083982&abcId=1139406&merchantid=118973035&gclid=CjwKCAiA3abwBRBqEiwAKwICA5O35lS1Cfyv9IeVhu9o95g7FkdKtMtl9qpivCpWeJpJ_pn7C-5eOBoCAvsQAvD_BwE Cheers.
  6. bigdaddy

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Ande Merry Christmas everyone Cheers
  7. There's a leak somewhere mate...The next day we dropped to a top of 24 C...Just like that...
  8. Windy weather now around 41C windy now around 25 to 30 km/hr with gusts up to 49 km/hr as I speak...Open that pipe Ande! We're pumping heaps into it!...😀 Cheers.
  9. Hey Ande, Want some heat?...Weve got plenty at the moment... 41.8 C On Tuesday, 45 C yesterday and 45.3 C here today, going for a minimum tempurature over night of 36C and to round off the week we are forcasted to reach 46C tomorrow but a nasty day with lots of wind... Fire up the tube mate...We're ready to rock and roll 😀... Cheers.
  10. Hi folks, In South Australia we have some of the most expensive electricity in the world with most people earning on or just above minimum income and our many pensioners living below the poverty line so paying for electricity is fast or has become a major concern for many. Our state no longer has enough of it's own power generation capabilities to remain continually functional on it's own, this means we have to rely on other states providing electricity for us when we can not produce enough. This is done via what is known as the national power grid, a somewhat complex power sharing infrastructure, in which power is introduced by people who produce more than they require and distributed to those who need it at a cost. The costs vary depending on numerous factors, but in the end, because of our needs, we (us the consumer in S.A.) are left paying a lot of money for electricity. Our climate ranges from mild nasty winters at times to very hot summers at times. We also have a lot of beautiful weather in between. With electricity prices expected to soar yet again, I've decided to invest in some sustainable energy for my home. Over the last 12 - 18 months I've installed solar panels and now, over the last couple of weeks, battery storage for my home. Our States geographical location is ideally suited to solar electricity generation and storage. My house faces South/North which is ideal natural heating and cooling. I also have no shade concerns. All and more are considerations when deciding to go with solar power generation. My previous winter, electricity bill topped around $790.00 per 1/4 or 3 months, compared to (by memory) $340.00 with my solar panels on. My first bill with solar panels on dropped from around $720.00 around $90.00. Now with my battery storage system I am hoping to knock out my power bill and electricity connection cost all together. I am hoping the payback of the whole system will be under 5 years, time will tell I guess. Pic 1: Battery around the back, out of the way, under my solar panel inverter Pic 2: My services out the front. Gas supply underneath, electricity in the middle and battery gateway on top with the NBN connection on the side. Cheers.
  11. Good question Hunterpehrson, I can't answer that straight out but First of all you should cycle your system and let it settle into a routine, I practcably, daily test for pH, nitrites, ammonia, temp and nitrates and log it down. during cycling. Cheers
  12. Hi Chris, and welcome tp APN. Did you make any decision on what you are doing? To answer your question in laymans terms if your media is gravel, expanded clay or the like then a 1:1 fish ank to gro bed ratio would work or if you are looking at iAVs then a 1 fish tank to 2 grow bed size would be best. Off course you can get techical and go into the FCR etc but a lot more perameters need to be determined for that and aquaculture people on this forum would be the best to ask abouT that. Regarding a sump, this depends on how much grow bed and what media you are using or you may not even need to use a sump. I've done it both ways sucessfully. The lighting depends on the climate around the fish tank and grow beds. e.g. Are you planning for indoor use? or outside, what periods of sunshine do you have in the winter and summer and so forth. So where are you at right now? Cheers.
  13. Hi Myke and welcome to APN, This is a great place to look and talk to people about your plans. Feel free to share, ask and talk about your system. Cheers.
  14. Hi Rav and all, I'm glad to see both of your health issues have improved. I started the keto diet about a year ago. Every morning since I started I have a bulletproof coffee. I initially went on a 8 week plan and stuck to it reasonably rigidtly apart from the odd special occasion which I indulged and had normal food for dinner. Before those dinners, I did drink a keto substitute (salts) drink before the meal which helped keep the ketones up when the carb intake increased. Long story short, I lost 18kgs within a couple of months and I did not do any extra exersize. Where I live, men are encouraged to get "mens tests" every year (a set of blood tests which measures your colestorals, blood sugars PSA's and a few extra tests which I can not remember. I did one of them when I started this diet and had good reason to do another 4 months after and found my already good sugars were still good and my aready good overall colestoral which was very good had dropped so I am encouraged that a high fat, medium protein and low carb diet when done well, helps my colestoral. Having done various diets before, including the juice diet I mentioned a couple of years ago, I found this diet to be reasonably easy. I still struggle with my addictive nature like eating way too many cashews, but have not had a coke since the day I started the diet. I may of had 1 packet of potato chips overall but still lo-ove my coffee, in particular, caps....I have stopped using cows milk and use a particular almond milk to make or order caps when going out. This has also helped in the keeping the weight under control thing. I would also say though, if you are thinking about this diet then commit to doing it all the time or I do not think it will work, you do not want to get the yo yo effect when your body is constantly adjusting to a fat diet then a carb diet. Another thing is, I found I needed to drastically increase my water intake to well over 2 litres a day I'm just saying these things just to give information about my experience. One thing I would warn about , is not to go against your doctors advise. If they advise not to do the diet then do not.My G.P is non plussed about it, he neither encourages or discourages it. I want to investigate and research CBD oil (cannibis oil without the THC componant in it) as my daughter suffers depression amonst other things and see if it actually works. I have asked my uncle who was a surgeon before he retired and is very knowlegable about medical things about it and his answer to me is there is research around which says it may be helpful for certain things or words to that effect.I have a friend who has MND who uses it and it seems to help, I have another friend who has a particular internal arthritis, I can't remember the name who is usung a government sanctioned CBD oil and he swears by it. In this state in this country, the trick is finding a G.P. (doctor who is prepared to help you jump the hurdles the government, medical profession and big Pharma have put in the way) I've yet to get into that as it is time consuming and I have my own personal issues to sort out first. I'm very interested in your ERW water could you elaborate more please? Cheers.
  15. Interesting article. Cheers.
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