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    Hi everyone

    It's been a very long time since I was last here, and thanks to @Coldcat I'm back :)
    I'm impressed with how much this forum has grown and the fact that shrimp are no longer on the invasive species list and that @shihr has finally gotten his shop up and running! It's fantastic to see more plants and equipment available today.

    I don't really have much to show at the moment as I'm still thinking of what I want to do with my tank. I have my heart set on a forest like scene, however I also want to do a few other types of nature scenes. MTS soon to follow :D

    We currently have a 70l indoor aquaponics setup. It's a cold water setup with just 2 goldies in there to provide nutrients for the plants above the tank. The light isn't entirely adequate, however the setup is right next to a window which doesn't get direct sunlight. This has been running for 1 and a half weeks now and the seedlings have germinated and produced their first non seedling leaves. The tank has been named the Bob Marley tank since the fish are named Bob and Marley. This has also become my husbands tank and I've given up all rights to it... tis fine, he can have the little one. His plan for this tank, once the plants have grown out is to create a zen like garden with bamboo, a laughing Buddha and a sand garden. The goldies will then be moved to the "pond" outside (or to the nearest LFS) and probably be replaced with a betta male.

    The other tank which I'm working on is a 900 x 325 x 325 which suits me since my previous 2ft tank was a bit too deep for my short arms. I'm still convinced that the last planting in that tank was the cause of the break (me leaning in and putting too much pressure on it). This is the tank I can't make my mind up about. It's going to start off as a low tech, low light tank and will eventually progress into a high tech setup.

    I've currently got a nice piece of spider wood soaking in the tub, some slate rocks which we took from just outside the quarry, river sand for the open areas and a peat substrate. The fish for this setup will include Cardinals, maybe some Penguin Tetra's, either Oto's or Cory's, and shrimp. The temp will run at 24 and C02 will be DIY for now.

    Plants: I was thinking of having as many different types of moss as possible, cryptocorynes, microsorum pteropus (normal and windelov), hygrophila difformis and perhaps one bolbitis heudelotii (I think this might grow too big for the tank).

    Then lastly, we have an outdoor aquaponics setup which consists of pvc plumbing pipe, a wooden frame, a "pond" (large plastic tub) and a sump (large plastic tub). We have 7 Tilapia (lost one to a freak overflow accident) and one length of pipe is filled with a variety of herbs and veggies (lettuce, squash, strawberry, chives, thyme, parsley, coriander, marjoram, origanum, and mint, if I remember correctly.) I'm not entirely sure how many litres the setup contains, but if I had to guess, I'd say somewhere between 180l and 250l. It doesn't run continuously and is on an 1hr cycle (15min on and 45min off) although we're still experimenting with this to find the perfect balance. This setup has been running since 9 August and is a WIP... we still need to add the grow beds at the bottom and finish the rest of the pipes, then move the pond onto the ground (it was raised for the cold snap to get some sun).

    That's about it from me. I'll post some pics of the tanks this weekend.

    Here are a few pics of the outdoors aquaponics setup as at 24/08/2014

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    Awesome, Glad to see you back. Even if it's at a new location. ;)
     
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    Welcome to APSA!
     
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    Welcome back and thanks for sharing some updates and pics
     
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    Hey, welcome back. :)
     
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    Welcome back Linxie
     
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    Welcome back, and great aquaponics system!
     
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    Welcome back!
     
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    Thanks for all the welcomes :). It's great to be back.
     
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    Hi and Welcome back!

    Really liking that aquaponic setup, can you give more details on that setup. :)
     
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    Thanks Chongkie.
    The pump is a fountain or pond pump (it comes with various misting and fountain attachments) and is rated at 1800lph although it is set to a lower speed. This is mostly because it needs to pump about 1.5m high.

    Water changes aren't done yet as we've had issues with flooding in the lower tube and we've just been filling the system. We found that a stone got stuck in the tube causing the flooding, so this has been fixed now. Water changes will be done as needed until we understand the system better.

    There's no heating or filter media. We physically remove any extra poop and debris daily and test the pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate every 3-4 day. So far there haven't been fluctuations and I think the plants are doing their job in removing most of the nutrients.

    What amazes me is that the water is crystal clear. I would have thought that without a filter, we'd experience some major issues.
    I'd really like to add some sponge and ceramic balls to the sump though, just for some peace of mind.

    So basically what happens is that every hour the pumps switches on, pumps up to the top pipe which then trickles down to all the others, flows into the fish pond, and then back to the sump for 15 mins. For the remaining 45 mins, the pump is off. The reason for this is to allow the roots to dry a little and receive some air flow before the next cycle starts, and to prevent any root rot.

    We have an air stone in the pond for extra aeration and the overflow pipe is the same size as all the other small pipes. This allows the system to fill up properly, so that the water doesn't just rush past the plants.

    The plants are all in little plastic containers with a clay ball substrate to prevent the plants from falling into the system.

    No extra nutrients are added yet.

    I think that about covers it, but if I've missed something, please don't hesitate to ask questions.
     
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    Welcome.
     
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    welcome back!! :) been a while!
     
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    Too long IMO :D
     
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    welcome back :)
     
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    I really like this system of yours
     
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    why were you away for so long?
     
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    Thanks HC... I just hope it keeps going well. I'll take some more pics this weekend.

    @shihr after we moved to Durbanville I got into the gardening scene as I had my first garden to look after. That took up a lot of my spare time, as well as planning for the wedding. Also the fact that I'd given all my plants and fish away, I didn't have anything to really worry about in terms of fish needs, so everything stayed in their boxes until recently.
     
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    ok well welcome back! :)
     
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    Welcome to the hobby as well as APSA :)
     
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