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  1. Hi BD My system is still running however the two smaller fish tanks that used to house my Silvers and Murray cod were removed two years ago because I needed room in the shed. Trout and Silvers together appears to be fine as long as the Silvers are bigger than the Trout and at the moment they are. The Trout will catch up, but I expect they will be harvested before they are a threat when the water temperatures become an issue. I still have the tanks removed from the shed and thinking of using them again but somewhere outside. Are you currently running Silvers and Trout in your system ? Regards Rudy
  2. Hi Dasboot You have a very impressive system and I have read up on it over the years on a different forum. Aquaponics in Thailand interests me as I am a frequent visitor to rural Thailand. Regards Joey.
  3. Hi Dasboot My system consists of a RAS housed in a garage and a growing system located outside in a poly tunnel. The RAS can be run as a stand alone system or be connected to the growing system. This is done by switching on a pump in the Growing system sump, water is pumped back into the RAS. Excess water in the RAS sump overflows back into the Growing system. This way the water levels in both parts are kept in sync. Most of the time I leave this pump switched on. Regards Joey
  4. Hi Guys Just a note to you let you know that I haven,t given up on aquaponics. Although some of the plans for my system that I talked about have never eventuated, I am still running my system, two weeks ago I travelled to Buxton and purchased 30 trout yearlings. I am now running a mixture of trout and silver perch in the same tank. My wife complained about her vegetable growth and that is the reason I increased my stock level. I have noticed some of the silver perch normally on a hunger strike due to the cold are now feeding along with the trout. I have been following the forum and have been reading up about IAV,S and as a result, the other day I spent a few hours driving around the local garden supplies looking at the different types of sand available. I bought an old boat two years ago and that has taken some of my time away from aquaponics. Cheers Rudy
  5. Joey

    Silver perch

    Hi Rodc I have a batch of Silver Perch that I have had for over 4 years. They are survivors and have outlasted many batches of trout as well as a number of power failures. They can certainly survive the weather variations that Melbourne can dish up to them. I have had these so long I have become attached to them and I have never considered them as food. I am prepared to part with some of my smaller ones for $7.00 each. They vary in size 250mm to 500mm. You can PM me if you are interested. Cheers Joey.
  6. Hi I just want to add that this to my previous post. This airlift works extremely well, if it is used in circulation mode at zero lift. Therefore the new system I want to build for this will have zero lift. Also the water tank I wish to use as a sump, limited the length of my 90mm lift tube to 1.3 meters it still achieved a good flow as shown in the video. Cheers Joey
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Hi Gary Good to see it all progressing. I have a small pond and a few tubs filled with water lillies, I use gold fish for mosquito control and they do an excellent job. They dont require aeration or filtration and I never feed them. Cheers Joey
  10. Hi Edmolina European wasps while there is only a few flying around I tend to ignore them. When the numbers build up and they start to annoy people I will take your advice and despatch a few. Cheers Joey
  11. Hi Gary Thanks for the reply. They are european wasps and they are common in our neighbourhood. Unfortunately I can't locate the nest so I guess all I can do is set the traps to reduce the numbers and not try not to agrivate them if they are flying around. I did not know that they damaged fruit and blamed all damage to my apples on the birds. On a recent trip to thailand there was an Asian wasp nest in a tree near a vegetable garden we visited. They dealt with this nest very easily. They waited for nightfall then lit a fire in a bucket on a pole. The bucket was raised to surround the nest and all wasps were destroyed. Their wings were burned off as they left the nest. Cheers Joey
  12. Hi Recently I was trying to eat a meal outside and was driven inside by a group of wasps that decided to join the party. Knowing that they bite if provoked I decided to move and eat inside the house. This prompted me to make a wasp trap out of a lemonade bottle and placed a mixture of beer and jam in the bottle as bait, for two days it did nothing, first I thought I has wasted my beer, then over the next day it killed 22 wasps and not one bee. This morning outside there were a few wasps flying around checking out the under side of leaves in my garden plants it seems they were looking for aphids or caterpillars. Perhaps I should have left them alone. Cheers Joey
  13. Hi Gary As I dont want my supply to dry up I won't quote my source in Melbourne but they focus on Hot house plastics and farm dam liners not so much garden ponds. I usuall buy offcut pond liners in sizes 2 or 3 metre x 4 meter pieces. for about $20.00, I not sure of the thickness, however I have used these in my gravel growbed, wicking beds and DWC troughs without problems. As I need some more for my next project I will be paying them a visit soon. Will let you know how I got on. Cheers Joey
  14. Hi Gary If you have businesses that supply liners for farm dams in your area you may be able to buy suitable sized off cuts from them at a reduced rate. Thats how I buy my liners, I never buy liners from bunnings or pond supply companies. Cheers Joey
  15. Hi Gary Good to see that progress is being made and that mango tree certainly had a good grip on the ground. Cheers Joey
  16. Hi Gary Lifeinthailand posted two earlier videos (One in may 2014 showing an asian long horned beetle another in November showing his infected tree.} I hope we don't have this species in Australia they can certaily destroy trees fast. I believe this species has migrated to the US and is becoming a big problem over there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KvR-nQnJ5Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liA-85Nxb2I Cheers Joey
  17. Hi Gary Here is an example of a moringa tree that has been changed into a bush. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfLH6d-aoyI Cheers Joey
  18. Joey

    It's the beekeepers dream.

    Hi This is an amazing improvement in bee keeping if the system is as reliable as shown. I hope these innovators are rewarded for their efforts and their ideas are not stolen from them. Cheers Joey
  19. Hi Gary At 1278mm you have triple the amount of rainfall that I get at Narre Warren North. I also have town water, however my 50000 litre water tanks are now nearly empty. A few days ago we had cloud where it looked like rain however it just cleared. Interesting you are growing moringa trees, I had never heard of them so I googled it and found this interesting video describing its use in water treatment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoTfyhK5WNQ&feature=player_detailpage Is this the same as what you are groing ? Cheers Joey
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. Hi Gary This is great news, wishing you good health and happiness into the future. Cheers Joey
  23. Hi I posted this as a good friend was diagnosed with an aggressive Liver cancer during my April visit to Thailand. I started searching the net and found these videos related to the subject. He was from the Khonkaen area where uncooked fish and live scrimps are often on the menu. My friend passed away and I returned to Thailand four weeks later to attend his funeral. Has anyone considered this. Cheers Joey
  24. Joey


    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
  25. HI Capricorn Welcome to APN, looking forward too seeing progress on your new system. Cheers Joey
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