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  1. I enjoy replying to myself... I ditched the aquariums, I don't think I was moving enough water (they got kinda gross), was cool to see fish but the tank with window (and possibly another tank same size) will suffice for fish viewing. Just thought Id add this because the tanks were rube goldberg-ish plumbed and not working well. Anyone have a system or systems similar to mine? Would appreciate some tips on trout - gh is in southern Ontario near lake Ontario. pic above is just before I ditched the aquarium madness! Cheers
  2. Forgot theres 4 14 foot nft with strawberries and lots of other stuff in warm water system, I guess putting a few nft's would on the cold water side wouldn't be a good idea because would raise water temp... not sure. pic is warm water side a few weeks ago (everything from seed except re grow green onions), more like a jungle now... Cheers
  3. Cold water system ( on left side of greenhouse) consists of Fish tank is 220 gal,2 55 gal barrels swirl and filter, 450 gal sump buried. 1- 40"x40"x14" raft and one 30"x40"x14" raft. Both deep water are aerated and siphon air as flow in. Warm water system (on right side of gh) consists of 200 gal fish tank with niles, 75 gal tank with blues and 3 beds all 40"x40"x14" 2 filled with hydroten and one deep water raft. Sump is 2 55 gal barrels buried. Question is if I put 100 3" rainbow trout in cold water system will that be enough plants? There's around 80 plants (kale and lettuce). I have it plumbed to swap water between two systems (the warm water is well established and cold water is only about a week running with a few dozen minnows) so I swapped some water up to help mature the cold system. I can plumb in the warm water deep water bed to the cold system - not sure if that is a good idea. I also plan on adding some deep water and or hydroten beds around the outside of the greenhouse to increase filtration and gain more cucumbers and pumpkins. I also have a 500 gal tank in a shaded are about 15 feet from greenhouse, I was thinking I could link that into the cold water system to help keep the water temp for the trout between 10 c and 14 c. A lot of plans - I know - any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Hello all, It's been awhile since I've posted, been a cold relentless winter and spring here in ontario, but the greenhouse is still going well. I have a 12x16 greenhouse with one warm water system (approx 400 gallons of tanks, 30 ish niles, 20 ish blues and seperate aquariums linked in with minnows and other fish) and am about to finish a cold water system no heat, on other side of greenhouse 450 gallon sump buried, 2 mechanical filter barrels and a 220 gal fish tank. In cold water system I hope to put perch or rainbows in. So I'm waiting a few more says for the silicone to cure around viewing window in cold water system. I tried a couple times to put window in bit failed. Determined I made this 'jig' and it went ok- i think- i will know this weekend when I test it. I'm trying to upload pictures from my phone. If it doesn't work right now I will download from phone to computer. I thought I'd post the pictures for people interested in installing windows and share my experience. Cheers
  5. Hi Nice plan My NFT 4" tubes have expanded clay in them, about half way filled. I have mainly strawberries in them. I find that the clay balls help in hot weather, If there was a leak or something or power outage you have more forgiveness, without the media things dry up quick. My tubes are high up,I reach up and grab my strawberries. My grow beds are underneath. Also red wigglers live in them. IAVs sound really cool, I hope incorporate a section in my system one day. My GH is 12x16 Aufin is right it can get crowded quickly. My system been up and running (not always that smooth) for almost 8 years now, Ive made a bunch of changes to it, constantly learning by trial and error, you tube and sites like this. Sure you can make that size GH work, if possible you may want to go bigger, more possibilities down the road. 30 f is about -1C, not bad, I put up a double layer in winter -20 to -30C is common where I am. I have blue and nile tilapia and a couple sp of minnows in separate tanks.minnows for bait. May want to incorporate a swirl filter. Uniseals work good. I try to keep everything food grade. Good luck and enjoy making your ideas reality!
  6. Hi AT, Where do I begin... and still making them (although they appear to be smaller) did not put air hole or T at in fish tank overflow, drained the tank completely used to small of diameter drain pipe from beds, overflowed beds made and used (for a few days, until I read about danger) a copper heating coil instead SS my first system was simply 1 10 foot 4" nft and a 55lb barrel with goldfish, worked great until I went crazy and added way too much stuff like aquarium tanks quickly had a sump tank that was too small (55 gal buried)and system didn't cycle properly had a sump that wasn't insulated in a warm water system had a 280 gal fish tank on a ibc tote which was also being used as a fish tank which I couldn't access properly to monitor fish and clean tank over fed fish, too much left in tank for some time didn't use back flow valve, so end of each cycle was pretty noisy(in a greenhouse), not the greatest sound for neighbours had too high of fish density (40 1" niles) not enough aeration and aquarium temp too high sadly lost them all (I was quite ill and my video feed to greenhouse was down, so I was unaware and not checking on my greenhouse as often as I usually do) cheers
  7. thank you to all that welcomed! lots more upgrades coming! cheers
  8. * Moderators note: Continued from introduction section. Moving forward slowly with system changes and additions, difficult to find time. Here are some pictures
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