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Thank you all for joining my group, I hope to do a lot with all anyone interested. Please tell me any event suggestions you would like us to do.
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@Jim - Normally the sump pump output is divided between FT1 & FT2 with the volume proportionate to the FT size. During the 15 minutes the Grow Bed pump in FT2 is on, the sump is receiving more than it's sending and at the shut off time of the grow bed pump, the sump is at it's maximum level, so if the pump doens't turn off the sump overflows into the mine shaft. I could control this but for the purpose of sustainability(Hate that word) I choose not to use electrical controls. If we had some dependable wind I could get rid of the electric pumps. It's all just another project. I wish I had a time machine to go back to the hanging gardens of Babylon, I bet they had some ideas we could use. Just rambling on.
WOW! Bob! I knew they were tough, however testing them is whole other thing...
So what happened to all those 600 gallons of water that were in there?
Wow, 105! Glad to hear you were able to stabilize your system. I've wrapped my top-up with reflective material as it was heating up. and adding hot water into the system. I'm thinking of wrapping the piping that is exposed as well to stop any extra heating that may occur.
@Robert sorry to hear but it sounds like you did a nice recovery!
Ok Folks - Beat this!
I came home this afternoon and checked my remote FT thermometer 105 Degrees
My pump from the FT to the grow beds didn't turn off after 15 min. The shape of my tank bottom will not allow pumping the bottom below about 4". At any rate the fish are all on their sides on the bottom in 105 degree water. They were still active. I was able to move 110 gallons into the FT in a couple of minutes, which held the disaster at bay while I started my recovery. I have one of my raft beds (48" X 48" X 16") repurposed as a swirl filter and it is always full of water available immediately by simply removing the stand pipe letting the water go to the sump where it is returned to the FT.
At any rate all's well that end's well and the FT is full again (w/higher PH) and the fish are eating normally.
Just goes to show you, Murphys law (if it can happen,it will, eventually) is still aprapo.
Every cloud has a silver lining. I got a good head count. and also tested the heat tolerance of my Tilapia and my mystery Red Comets.
By the way, there was no equipment failure. I must have bumped an "on" button on one of my 3 timers, as it was in the on position..
Home Despot and others have bird netting to keep birds out of fruit trees. Should work for your purpose too. Hobby lobby has some great net type material too. Check them out before going to HD...
How's that GB repair coming?
@Sampson. List yourself on the member map found at the top on the menu bar.
Then contact nearby members to see if they will invite you to check out their system. My system is always open to similar requests
@Stephanie (long time no hear)
If you take the birds away the cats won't protect your veggies anymore it's all part of your ecosystem. Do not to teach frustration... (except maybe for humming birds, they pollinate)
My mother cat brought in a perfect little egg last night. The whole family (5 kittens) had a taste, the finish on that plate is noticeably smoother...
oh hey, before I forget. Does anyone know where I can pick up some decent netting to put over my fish tank? I have my tank covered during the day to keep the temp down, but when I come home and feed my fish I like to keep the top open for them as the sun is going down at that time (I'm a believer in keeping happy fish). I would like to have a net covering the tank in case any fish get the idea they can fly and accidentally fly out of the tank.
@Samson, Yes we had our first "group hug" as we called it, a little over a month ago where we toured our systems and got to meet our group members - was a real treat. I believe there has been a talk about doing another tour for members up north (will be cooler) - look above in the discussions:
nothing has been laid in stone yet as I believe it is just an idea right now, just seeing if there is an interest.
Has there been a AP tour already?
I know that feeling, my cats have been protecting my cherry tomatoes from the birds and managed to catch a couple of sparrows, that I had to take from them before they played with them to death.
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