Aquaponic Setup

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Near on 4 months now... 16 weeks... That's a long time not to post anything.

I apologize for that but there wasn't much to post about really; outside of the site clearing. Oops.

But we went back to the property for the first time since leaving in early May to check out the "damage".

When we arrived, we had noticed our temp accommodation tent was still standing but our annex had partially collapsed.

Nothing a couple hours of work didn't fix :) Inside the tent, everything was copacetic which was fantastic. We had imagined that some nasty little mammals had taken up residence and made the tent their own.
Luckily for us however, there was no signs of ANY mammal intrusions of ANY kind! What a relief and a great surprise!

We had made some stabilized earth bricks before leaving in May so we were also anxious to check out how they went. They were made using pure site soil plus 10% by weight cement. Similar to our shower base which was site soil and 5% cement mix; which has held up and shown no signs of cracking or  wear. Our bricks on the other hand... Edges had wear and were easy to break down with a little pressure. Then I did a drop test on one of the bricks.
First drop, didn't break and gave a satisfying 'thud'. Second drop was aimed to land on the edge of a rock - this was the main test as @ 1 meter drop, the brick shouldn't break. Alas it did, right in half :( So we will have to revise the mixture for our bricks or look at different construction methods.

More after the jump;

Here are the pics of our bricks BEFORE we left the property -- Unfortunately, we do not take any POST pictures on our return... How does this happen???

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When we saw the bricks again in their completely set state, they were a light gray colour and would actually make for an excellent finish for a natural external and internal plaster. Pitty they didn't hold up to the drop test, but that doesn't mean I can't use them for non structural projects. Like a new Rocket Stove :D

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This is the form we used to cast the bricks. There are 7 total forms giving us a potential 49 bricks per cast.

The downside with this form design, is that once all 7 molds are filled, the thing weighs near on 80KG. Which is damn near impossible to turn over. So if we are going to move forward with the brick design, the molds will have to be cut down to 2 bricks per form. Not a big issue but I should have seen the weight issue before starting. Oh well, another one of those 20/20 situations huh... All part of the learning curve I suppose.

 

Now here are the images you are probably waiting for; the site clearing!

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That's the whole update!

Next update is going to be about our current state of Aquaponics and what are plans are for it in the coming weeks. 

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