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All System Go!!
After ironing out all the problems (I hope!) I had the fish tank filled out to the brim.
Filled to the brim ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
I made sure that all the water in the grow tanks were siphoned out before filling in the fish tank. In this way I am able to determine how much water is left in the fish when all the grow tanks were filled.
Water level after filled grow tank ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
The water level is about 6 inches or 16cm below the brim, That is a comfortable level to work with and I think if I were to add one more grow tank, it would be no problem.
All system go!! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
After feeling everything is running smoothly, I started with the cycle time adjustment. The best time I could get is about 11 to 13 minutes, any slower the siphon will not start. I guess I just had to work with that even thought I mentioned theoretically is 15~20 minutes. Would a couple of minutes make a difference?? Hmmm ... Well the only way to find out is when the planting start and I am OK with that. I had also inoculated the water with some water from my fountain so that the maturity of the water can be shorten.
And I the final cost:
Total Hardware purchase: $175.00
Old parts cost estimate: $25.00
Total Cost : $200.00
I guess $200.00 is reasonable and I am sure once it is productive, it should pay back in less than 6 months.
Next, should I get edible fish of just fish, buy or go fishing?
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As someone who has had a fish aquarium I was wondering if you should have a light for the fish that cycles on and off with the day to keep the fish out of almost total darkness. Happy fish are tasty fish.
A lot of figuring, a lot of engineering but you stuck with it. Great job KK!! Congratulations.
Wow KK. I must take my hat off to you for project completion, but also for documenting it all for us. I have thoroughly enjoyed following it thus far.
Looks like you will be busy then!