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Emersed Aquatic Plant Hydro/Aquaponics? Rack System

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  1. Jason King

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    Been doing some pipework this morning, not as much as i would of liked but i thought i would play staff and do it in stages so i wasn't moving the joint to much allowing them to dry for a day or two.

    on Monday i will get on with the rest, this should give the current joints 48 hours to dry.

    so far i have joined up all the rubs side by side and also the joint and bends that will take me to the next shelving level.

    The next job will be to join the shelving levels together.

    emersed-shelving-rev3-part2.

    The red dots show the joints i managed to do today

    The red square is because i decided not to include this rub as im going to use that space to something else (storage for pots etc) so i am one rub down but the space make sense.

    also originally i was going to go though the shelving with the pipes but as i have 50mm+ gap behind the shelving ive decided to go that way.
     
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    I am glad its you doing all that plumbing.

    Storage use that space and get small steel cupboard or an old tall school locker and add a few extra shelves.

    Hunt the Opp shops for some thing that will work.

    Keith :cathug:
     
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    I have an old chest freezer in the garage that's not used so I store a lot of my stuff in it and will be using the top as a planting table keeping the soil etc away from my workshop part of the garage, the garage is now half and half :)
     
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    A great idea for an old freezer.

    I actually use a second shower we never use for all the house cleaning stuff, I fixed a board above the tiles that has cup hooks in it to hold all the bits and pieces that have long handles.

    Keith :cathug:
     
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    Some updates to give you an idea of the whole setup.

    As I don't have a super wide angle lens I've taken shots of different areas.

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    You will notice I've added tiles to the shelving the reason is I had lots of spare ones from my bathroom as I bought a job lot a few years back and now I have no storage for them so thought I would utilise them. A clean wipe able surface :) each tile is 600 x 330mm
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    The top shelf of the other rack that will hold the filter

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    Jason I rotated the photos for you and removed the wrong ones for you.

    Some images are rotating them self's but on my phone they are fine? Phone or vbulletin? I look into that.

    Next job is complete the piping and check for leaks before adding the filter etc.
     

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    Jason looks like you have been very busy as its moving along very fast.

    I think the rotation worked.

    Keith :cathug:
     
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    Yes all I can do now is plumb the sump until I get the pump and lights in Feb then I will fit the filter and pump, fill the system with ro water and leave it for a few weeks to test itself.

    Once this is done I'll start adding my plants.

    The smaller rubs are planned for mosses and carpet plants but I want to create a system that I can grow different mosses not just aquatic meaning terrarium ones aswell.

    I'm thinking of using some larger piping covered in say hygrolon or coco hair for the mosses to grow on or even the gorilla glue and media method?

    I'll work on something no rush.

    When the system is working as planned temp, humidity adjustments etc I'll be shopping for some rarer plants.

    I might even add terrarium only plants to one of the rubs?

    Terrarium miniature orchids?
    Air Plants?

    These are just ideas at the moment.
     
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    Thanks for sorting the rotation Keith, currently using my phone if I was on the computer It would of been easier than this mini screen :)
     
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    Hi Jason looking good mate. One thing why fill the system with RO why not tap water ???

    I think the hygrolon is a great idea for mosses :smile-new:
     
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    i have a ro system installed in the kitchen and use it for my tanks, it stops water marks plus im thinking of adding some shrimp and fish to the sump?maybe.. i will then add some minerals and ferts to the water column to bring the water back to life.

    these are just ideas and will probably change as things come together.

    i will be using a garden hose to fill the system at the start to test it for leaks etc then once im happy replace it with ro water.

    i have about a -2mx2m sheet of hygrolon left from my terrarium days that i was thinking of using as its a cleaner option and also holds the moisture.

    you think i should use tap water and treat that?
     
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    Hi Jason,

    I have hard water too, I now run all my systems on just tap water nothing added nothing taken away cheaper to.

    Unless you are running a soft water set up for special plants shrimp.

    Now i don't even use test kits;)A Total waist of money IMO :hororr: I just watch the plants if there happy so am i .
    I would set up a rub for terrestrial moss only as they do not need the wet environment of aquatic plants. Old rotting wood is fantastic for this.

    The hygrolon will work too With good results.
     
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    If you have the space store all your water from the tap in a big rainwater tank and use it as required.

    A few of our LFS are doing this simply because of the varying concentrations of Chlorine over the year.

    Keith:cathug:
     
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    Ok all the plumbing is finished except the return pump, so ive decided to wait to test everything until this is fitted, this wont be until after my birthday in the next few weeks.

    Once this is fitted I'll run the system for a few weeks for a full test, then start adding my plants.

    Full test will include leak tests, temps, humidity, flow etc. All of these are adjustable buy raising the heating, removing/venting the lids from the tubs etc.
     
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    crossing fingers. Good luck Jason!
     
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    Thanks EV :)

    :cower: lol
     
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    How did the test run go?

    Keith :cathug:
     
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    Not tested yet Keith as I wanted to fit the pump first but saying that I might do it today without the pump leaving the water it the rubs for a week?

    It's had a good few days to dry :)
     
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    Testing 123 :)

    I went a head and done a leak test this morning only to find that..
     
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    I had no leaks :D yay :triumphant: :applouse: :triumphant: :excitement: :victorious:.

    The test was for all the rubs, so I only need to test the return pump and filter once they are fitted in February.

    Some pictures..

    Filling the first rub via a hose until the return pump is installed.
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    Flow from rub to rub.
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    Shallow rub on the next level.
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    After all rubs found the max water level.
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    Water from the bottom level to the lower sump rub.
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    And finally an idea of some 80mm high pots in place.
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    Hi Jason, Great news :cheer2: Panic over :wink-new:
     

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