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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    And Last But Not Least...
    A "test flood" of the Bog Bed Filter as at 6pm tonight.

    Hooray!  No leaks !
    Grover
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    HELP!
    Hello Mr @aquaholic99   
    Question:   
    Now that the scoria is in place, do I need a bell siphon? Grover understands that they are used in the grow bed for aquaponics systems to flood & drain the bed. It allows the grow bed to fill with water, creating a "flood cycle". Once the water rises high enough above the bell siphon, the water from the grow bed is automatically siphoned back into the fish tank, resulting in a "drain cycle".
    The only thing Grover intends to grow (as he is NOT vegetarian) will be some varieties of water irises along the back and cherry tomato plants at the front. The cherry tomatoes will obviously be used as food for the GPGs.

     
    Currently, both the Cetus Sieve and the Big Blue Barrels operate from 7am to 5pm, so can he get away with just flooding the bed during the day, and then letting it drain overnight? As the inflows will be able to fill the bed in approx. half an hour or so. There are dribble holes (in the 90mm "the bed is full and needs to overflow back to the Billabong" pipe) which will let the water drain back to the Billabong at a much slower rate than the inflow rate but which should drain the entire bed by morning.
    Or would you recommend some other cycling approach during the day? i.e. a operative 'Bell' siphon?
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (this is now at the pointy end of technical aquaponics - hence the request for advice!!)

     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Last Day of August...
    And we celebrate the last (hopefully) of an extra 16 washed bags of scoria for the BBF.
    This makes 38 + 16 = 54 bags of 20kg each = 1,080 kg, less the red sludge that was washed out, at say, 40kg.
    This is what a 1,000+ kg of red scoria looks like:

     
    Phew!
    Grover
     
     
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    Grover65k reacted to crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Well done Grover, that's been a mammoth effort to wash all of the scoria! it will be great once its running. hope your well mate 
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Weekend...
    Rather a lazy weekend -
    Watching the goldfish:

     
    Cleaning the BBB (Again! Twice in one month!):

     
    Then washing the last 5 bags of scoria:


    and realizing that I probably need another 15 bags to fill the edges and make it slightly deeper  :-( 
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (Spring is coming soon!)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Mitte in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Sunday night late...
    Now for the BUV ...
    What goes where again??

     
    Grover
    (will the plumbing never end? Stay tuned for more from "The Depths of the Billabong!" )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Sunday night late...
    Now for the BUV ...
    What goes where again??

     
    Grover
    (will the plumbing never end? Stay tuned for more from "The Depths of the Billabong!" )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Saturday update...
    The BBB filters have been cleaned, the CST has been de-sludged, and 3 bags of scoria have been washed and added to the BBF.

     
    What else have I done?
    Broke out the technology - the "UWBC" - UnderWater Bullet Camera, and went videoing in the Billabong depths.
    The water still looks a little hazy from the camera's point of view, but I wanted to see the GPGs in action!

     
    So here 'tis...
    GPG UW Billabong23
    The Billabong with slo-mo action as Grover has worked out how to use the Windows 10 technology.
    Still the same goldfish and the same Giant Pink Gouramis, although this guy didn't want to be filmed - watch him disappear!

     
    Cheers,
    Grover
    (he's fixed the dodgy connections for the Blagdon UVC's now he has to put them back together)
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    @Grover65k
    i asked one of the guys i know as it turns out its the emblem from an xa falcon 500 hardtop superbird

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    Grover65k reacted to Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    @Grover65k
    Looks like an old Ford Performance Racing eagle but for the life of me Google will not help me find it to confirm ,  dam google 
     
    here is a couple of newer ones so i think you're on the money for 70's/80's ford falcon
     


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    Grover65k reacted to aquaholic99 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Good write up as always, thanks for sharing. 
    You did miss one major acronym however ;
    MP.... for Money Pit. (Ha ha).
    I'm sure the gourami appreciate your efforts. 
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Technical Update
    Now that you’ve had a chance to see the GPGs close-up and underwater (where else did you expect to see them?)  - for those readers who are new to the Billabong saga, Grover thought to explain the technical setup of the bits & pieces (+ acronyms).
     
    In the beginning, there was the OEM (Original pool Equipment Manufacturer) -
    SPP                       Swimming Pool Pump
    to which was added the -
    EVO                      EvoHeat  Force i-9
    thus forming the base-line of filtering capacity. This has only been really useful when the Billabong is (mostly) crystal clear, as the sand filter has a tough time with crud, sludge, and goop (technical terms for GPG waste and by-products like deceased goldfish and the odd GPG scales that get knocked off in fighting).
     
     
     
    Moving to the latest and greatest for sludge removal is the combined power of -
    RSP                       Ryobi Submersible Pump 750W   (no picture as it’s 2m down below the water)
    and the new-beaut -
    CST                       Cetus Sieve Thingie
    which is working hard to remove all the stuff collecting at the bottom of the Billabong.  Plus whatever Grover has managed to drop in accidentally or that tennis ball from the Dog that sank (too many teeth marks and holes in it) The sieve sends clean water back to the Billabong and drains muck & sludge into the ex-BCF -
    BCF                       Big Cr@p Filter
    The final stop for sludge before it gets used as garden fertilizer.
     
     
     
    Thirdly, is the old standby filter set now being rejuvenated with a load of scoria -
    AAP                      Aquael Aquajet Pump   (it’s shy too, but only 50cm down below the waves)
    BUV                      Blagdon UltraViolet Clarifiers   x4
    BBB                       Big Blue Barrels   x2
    BBF                       Bog Bed Filter
    with the Bog Bed Filter finally scoring its intended load of scoria for trickle-cleaning of the water. Hopefully, plants growing in the scoria will help remove nitrates, and make the GPG water just a little more pleasant.
     
      
     
    Last, and not quite as useful as the above, is the Billabong “Yard Art” -
    BSWRC                Billabong Still Water Rescue Craft
    This fine pece of maritime engineering was built by Grover’s Dad in the 1960s for Grover's two older brothers to use in Scout canoeing trips. Grover re-painted it in the late 70's and stuck the Ford Falcon sticker on it (yes, that's him from the 70's - long hair and all). However, it’s last job could yet be as a Viking funeral ship.
     
     
    So, when you are rummaging around trying out a new airstone, or cleaning a box filter – just spare a thought for someone who’s gone overboard for his tropicals !
    Grover
    ( “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.”
    But Grover and the GPGs really prefer his own version:   “Plans are what you forget to do when you’re busy with life.” )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from jc12 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Technical Update
    Now that you’ve had a chance to see the GPGs close-up and underwater (where else did you expect to see them?)  - for those readers who are new to the Billabong saga, Grover thought to explain the technical setup of the bits & pieces (+ acronyms).
     
    In the beginning, there was the OEM (Original pool Equipment Manufacturer) -
    SPP                       Swimming Pool Pump
    to which was added the -
    EVO                      EvoHeat  Force i-9
    thus forming the base-line of filtering capacity. This has only been really useful when the Billabong is (mostly) crystal clear, as the sand filter has a tough time with crud, sludge, and goop (technical terms for GPG waste and by-products like deceased goldfish and the odd GPG scales that get knocked off in fighting).
     
     
     
    Moving to the latest and greatest for sludge removal is the combined power of -
    RSP                       Ryobi Submersible Pump 750W   (no picture as it’s 2m down below the water)
    and the new-beaut -
    CST                       Cetus Sieve Thingie
    which is working hard to remove all the stuff collecting at the bottom of the Billabong.  Plus whatever Grover has managed to drop in accidentally or that tennis ball from the Dog that sank (too many teeth marks and holes in it) The sieve sends clean water back to the Billabong and drains muck & sludge into the ex-BCF -
    BCF                       Big Cr@p Filter
    The final stop for sludge before it gets used as garden fertilizer.
     
     
     
    Thirdly, is the old standby filter set now being rejuvenated with a load of scoria -
    AAP                      Aquael Aquajet Pump   (it’s shy too, but only 50cm down below the waves)
    BUV                      Blagdon UltraViolet Clarifiers   x4
    BBB                       Big Blue Barrels   x2
    BBF                       Bog Bed Filter
    with the Bog Bed Filter finally scoring its intended load of scoria for trickle-cleaning of the water. Hopefully, plants growing in the scoria will help remove nitrates, and make the GPG water just a little more pleasant.
     
      
     
    Last, and not quite as useful as the above, is the Billabong “Yard Art” -
    BSWRC                Billabong Still Water Rescue Craft
    This fine pece of maritime engineering was built by Grover’s Dad in the 1960s for Grover's two older brothers to use in Scout canoeing trips. Grover re-painted it in the late 70's and stuck the Ford Falcon sticker on it (yes, that's him from the 70's - long hair and all). However, it’s last job could yet be as a Viking funeral ship.
     
     
    So, when you are rummaging around trying out a new airstone, or cleaning a box filter – just spare a thought for someone who’s gone overboard for his tropicals !
    Grover
    ( “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.”
    But Grover and the GPGs really prefer his own version:   “Plans are what you forget to do when you’re busy with life.” )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from JB in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Technical Update
    Now that you’ve had a chance to see the GPGs close-up and underwater (where else did you expect to see them?)  - for those readers who are new to the Billabong saga, Grover thought to explain the technical setup of the bits & pieces (+ acronyms).
     
    In the beginning, there was the OEM (Original pool Equipment Manufacturer) -
    SPP                       Swimming Pool Pump
    to which was added the -
    EVO                      EvoHeat  Force i-9
    thus forming the base-line of filtering capacity. This has only been really useful when the Billabong is (mostly) crystal clear, as the sand filter has a tough time with crud, sludge, and goop (technical terms for GPG waste and by-products like deceased goldfish and the odd GPG scales that get knocked off in fighting).
     
     
     
    Moving to the latest and greatest for sludge removal is the combined power of -
    RSP                       Ryobi Submersible Pump 750W   (no picture as it’s 2m down below the water)
    and the new-beaut -
    CST                       Cetus Sieve Thingie
    which is working hard to remove all the stuff collecting at the bottom of the Billabong.  Plus whatever Grover has managed to drop in accidentally or that tennis ball from the Dog that sank (too many teeth marks and holes in it) The sieve sends clean water back to the Billabong and drains muck & sludge into the ex-BCF -
    BCF                       Big Cr@p Filter
    The final stop for sludge before it gets used as garden fertilizer.
     
     
     
    Thirdly, is the old standby filter set now being rejuvenated with a load of scoria -
    AAP                      Aquael Aquajet Pump   (it’s shy too, but only 50cm down below the waves)
    BUV                      Blagdon UltraViolet Clarifiers   x4
    BBB                       Big Blue Barrels   x2
    BBF                       Bog Bed Filter
    with the Bog Bed Filter finally scoring its intended load of scoria for trickle-cleaning of the water. Hopefully, plants growing in the scoria will help remove nitrates, and make the GPG water just a little more pleasant.
     
      
     
    Last, and not quite as useful as the above, is the Billabong “Yard Art” -
    BSWRC                Billabong Still Water Rescue Craft
    This fine pece of maritime engineering was built by Grover’s Dad in the 1960s for Grover's two older brothers to use in Scout canoeing trips. Grover re-painted it in the late 70's and stuck the Ford Falcon sticker on it (yes, that's him from the 70's - long hair and all). However, it’s last job could yet be as a Viking funeral ship.
     
     
    So, when you are rummaging around trying out a new airstone, or cleaning a box filter – just spare a thought for someone who’s gone overboard for his tropicals !
    Grover
    ( “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.”
    But Grover and the GPGs really prefer his own version:   “Plans are what you forget to do when you’re busy with life.” )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Slipshodman in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Billabong Technical Update
    Now that you’ve had a chance to see the GPGs close-up and underwater (where else did you expect to see them?)  - for those readers who are new to the Billabong saga, Grover thought to explain the technical setup of the bits & pieces (+ acronyms).
     
    In the beginning, there was the OEM (Original pool Equipment Manufacturer) -
    SPP                       Swimming Pool Pump
    to which was added the -
    EVO                      EvoHeat  Force i-9
    thus forming the base-line of filtering capacity. This has only been really useful when the Billabong is (mostly) crystal clear, as the sand filter has a tough time with crud, sludge, and goop (technical terms for GPG waste and by-products like deceased goldfish and the odd GPG scales that get knocked off in fighting).
     
     
     
    Moving to the latest and greatest for sludge removal is the combined power of -
    RSP                       Ryobi Submersible Pump 750W   (no picture as it’s 2m down below the water)
    and the new-beaut -
    CST                       Cetus Sieve Thingie
    which is working hard to remove all the stuff collecting at the bottom of the Billabong.  Plus whatever Grover has managed to drop in accidentally or that tennis ball from the Dog that sank (too many teeth marks and holes in it) The sieve sends clean water back to the Billabong and drains muck & sludge into the ex-BCF -
    BCF                       Big Cr@p Filter
    The final stop for sludge before it gets used as garden fertilizer.
     
     
     
    Thirdly, is the old standby filter set now being rejuvenated with a load of scoria -
    AAP                      Aquael Aquajet Pump   (it’s shy too, but only 50cm down below the waves)
    BUV                      Blagdon UltraViolet Clarifiers   x4
    BBB                       Big Blue Barrels   x2
    BBF                       Bog Bed Filter
    with the Bog Bed Filter finally scoring its intended load of scoria for trickle-cleaning of the water. Hopefully, plants growing in the scoria will help remove nitrates, and make the GPG water just a little more pleasant.
     
      
     
    Last, and not quite as useful as the above, is the Billabong “Yard Art” -
    BSWRC                Billabong Still Water Rescue Craft
    This fine pece of maritime engineering was built by Grover’s Dad in the 1960s for Grover's two older brothers to use in Scout canoeing trips. Grover re-painted it in the late 70's and stuck the Ford Falcon sticker on it (yes, that's him from the 70's - long hair and all). However, it’s last job could yet be as a Viking funeral ship.
     
     
    So, when you are rummaging around trying out a new airstone, or cleaning a box filter – just spare a thought for someone who’s gone overboard for his tropicals !
    Grover
    ( “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.”
    But Grover and the GPGs really prefer his own version:   “Plans are what you forget to do when you’re busy with life.” )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    GPG Pictures...
    For your viewing pleasure we have a Western-themed post. tonight...
    (Play music...   The_Good,_The_Bad_And_The_Ugly )  
     
    First, the GOOD !  

     
    And the BAD 
    (bad photograph by Grover that is...)

     
    Followed by the UGLY (except that I think they're fabulous, elegant, and worth watching on YouTube)   
    VIDEOS: Youtube GPG Videos




     
    Grover
    (thanx to @billfish for inspiration !)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    MOTIVATION: Is a wonderful thing !
     

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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Photos from the Black Billabong...
    Well, the lights were out, and it was dark! 
    Instant flash photography with a Samsung S9   

     
    Note the expensive footwear !  

     
    Grover
    (He has plans...    BIG plans....
    although even the Death Star had plans... )

     
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    He's still washing Scoria...
    Mind you, Grover is about 26 bags through the 38odd that arrived a month or so ago.

     
    And the volcanic gravel is heaping up nicely down the centre-line of the BBF.

     
    The "Final Filter" on the BBF is installed - yes, a laundry basket cut in half , turned inside out, and zipped together with cable ties.
    In the middle is a large pipe with slots cut in it. Hopefully these will stop any errant scoria from washing into the Billabong, where they would pose a potential edible risk to the GPGs..
    Might consider adding a gravity "gravel trap" T-piece in the 4" pipe going to the pool.

     
    Grover
    (He'll get there eventually...)    
     
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    Grover65k got a reaction from crusty76 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Heater Update #3...
    24degC and holding.
     
    Plumbing Update #256...
    The Blagdon UV units have been bypassed (all 4 of them) due to concerns about dodgy connections.

     
    Some of them appear to be holding on OK, but I think they all need a clean-up and re-sealing with Gel-grip & Araldite (solvent-based polychloroprene contact adhesive suitable for bonding both absorbent and non-absorbent surfaces / synthetic-resin adhesive for bonding metals, glass, porcelain, china, etc.).

     
    All because the UK Blagdon firm uses non-standard thread sizes...    Can't they use their own country's standards?   BSP (British Standard Pipe)   
     
    Plastic Pipe Threads in Oz
    In Australia the naming convention for thread sizes follows the BSP (British Standard Pipe) standard. There are male (BSPM) and female (BSPF) threads. BSP threads have nominal sizes, meaning they are only called '15mm' or '20mm', but do not actually measure to that size. Firms (like Reece Plumbing) offer a range of fittings in size from 15mm to 80mm with BSP thread sizes. Sometimes these fittings may be referred to in imperial form. For threads: half inch refers to 15mm, three quarter inch refers to 20mm, one inch refers to 25mm, one and a quarter inch refers to 32mm, one and a half inch refers to 40mm.
    Grover's plumbing uses 40mm (what he calls "ag pipe"). And none of it will connect happily to the Blagdon stuff !  Those big deep-green coloured flanges to hold the connections do not match anything here in Oz - must be a 'special chinese thread'. 
    Grover
    (it's wet, soggy, cold, and drizzling in Brisvegas, and Grover is in "grumpy" mode)
    (Hmm.... maybe I should just turf the Blagdons and buy something more powerful, and with normal threads - any ideas out there ??? )
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    Grover65k got a reaction from hamishh34 in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    GPG Pictures...
    For your viewing pleasure we have a Western-themed post. tonight...
    (Play music...   The_Good,_The_Bad_And_The_Ugly )  
     
    First, the GOOD !  

     
    And the BAD 
    (bad photograph by Grover that is...)

     
    Followed by the UGLY (except that I think they're fabulous, elegant, and worth watching on YouTube)   
    VIDEOS: Youtube GPG Videos




     
    Grover
    (thanx to @billfish for inspiration !)
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    Grover65k got a reaction from Mitte in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    Goldie Removal - part 1
    Set up a wading pool for all the goldies I expect to catch - caught The Dog instead! Ha ha!
    Grover

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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Greetings from Melbourne   
    keysborough aquarium would be where i would start. i think theyre called new life now 
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    Grover65k reacted to QldMick in Flippers   
    I had a spangled perch a few months ago but the new jungle perch was chasing it constantly so I tried using it for murray cod bait, I caught nothing that day but was worth a try, I think those kind of fish make good bait as they stay alive for a long time on the hook and do plenty of swimming, attracting the predators.
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    Grover65k reacted to billfish in Giant Pink Gourami – Billabong Ontknoping   
    the only plan worth having is to wake up tomorrow this side of the turf, the rest just keeps u on your toes
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