Crawfish Tank & A 15mm StrainerBell Siphon

It has been sometime since I last tried Crawfish, that time I was not ready and don't know what to expect of this crustasean . With some time to spare this afternoon and many surplus tanks and pipes, I decide to make a tank for it and at the same time making a small 15 mm siphon to test. Killing two birds with a stone.. as they said it.
I am using existing water source to water the new addition and right return tank as support. Surplus Dickson bars or angle irons make a rack using return tank as support. This arrangement make the distance for water return to be very small. It will be difficult to make a siphon.
Using one of the surplus smaller tub which already has holes in it for water inlet and previous 25mm siphon. The 25 mm siphon I use a tank adapter and pvc piping to make a stand pipe since I am not using this siphon, it is just to close the hole.

The other hole was for 15 mm pvc piping, this is just right for the smaller siphon I am  testing. I made this siphon same as the 20 mm StrainerBell just that it is using smaller parts.
The shorter return creates problem with existing fittings, I had to cut it to length so that siphon outlet just above water line in the return tank.
For now I'm setting the siphon to operates at water height of 11 cm, no extender use. I do not want to use too much water since there is no hydroton in this tank. I think Crawfish don't need that much water, and having a flood and drain can keep them continuously supply with fresh water.
This siphon will drain water to about 2 cm, it is preset that way due to the vent on the inverted vent cowl used. BTW it is a 2 inches vent cowl and uPVC pipes, the 20 mm Siphon make use of 3 inches uPVC.
That's the 11 cm water mark, hope Crawfish will not manage to escape.
Water inflow is a trickle, and I "tee" from existing feed to the right growbeds on my CRAFTS set.
That's the completed 15 mm StrainerBell siphon and water feed.
Outlet flushing, I will need to test these. Since it is smaller the operating margin is much less. Water required is also very much less, making this siphon a good candidate for a gutter growbed system.
The completed crawfish tank with smallest siphon I made to test.

Next I will need a few Crawfish... :)

The Real Reason Why Global Fuel Prices Going Down ?

This is too good to keep silence about it.

What will happen if you can have a battery that can have a lifespan of 20 years, charges in few minutes instead of hours and can deliver better current.

I leave it to your imagination on what is possible. Regardless of the outcome, we will then have a much cleaner source of energy, easily transported and store as compared to oil and it is much safer too.

Read about it more : Here

Thank you god for delivering these brilliant scholars, that manage to make these things happen. You have gave mankind Oil and they made an ass of themselves on administering it, you don't take it away.. but you have better option in giving us alternative.


Nine Top Trading

I had been looking for this place for quite sometime, the address and GPS location given on the net is misleading and send me in circles.  This fact is acknowledge by the shop owner as he heard numerous complains about it.
When there this afternoon and manage to get the Chelated Iron (FE) that I am looking for, what a relief and at last I got it right.
Nine Top is located at :

No. 8 Jalan Idaman 2
Taman Rawang Idaman, 48000 Rawang

email :

GPS : 3.309613,101.558401

Romatech Agro

Make a quick trip to Romatech Agro earlier today to get some Agriculture care product, what I am looking for most is Chelated Iron (Fe) to supplement my aquaponics. Unfortunately they don't stock Fe, but since I am there might as well get some other stuff that is useful for my Aquaponics.
Romatech Agro is a small cozy start up, that deal mostly on fertigation items ranging from pumps, tubes to supplement that needed to start a fertigation setup. They also carry few starter kit from Cili Bangi that specialize in fertigation cili plants.
I pick up few items, Calcium Boron, Seaweed Extract and Neem oil to supplement my Aquaponics plants. Calcium for plant tissue and fruit deformities, Seaweed Extract for nutrient and Neem Oil to get rid of pest.

Romatech Agro located at :

Lot 4663, Kampung Baru Batu 14
Jalan Puchong, 47100, Puchong.

GPS : 2.992529,101.627315

Their web address is :

Trimming the Flower - On the Strawberry Plant.

Today I had to cut off all the flower buds and premature fruit from this plant that I allowed to fruit. It is not healthy and it's best to just remove letting plant grow.
Could it be to the heavy down pour that we're experiencing lately causing damage to fruit or is it lacking nutrient. I need to try and find out and make it better.

Slowly I'm learning.

So much for that, the good news is.. finally two of my Strawberry growbed has been completed.. there are eleven plants in each of the growbed. Now I can let it grow till next year season.
There is another two smaller growbed and I need another two plants to make that complete.

Getting Few More Fish - Lampam & Patin

Need few more fish to get system balance since I have more Strawberry plants in the growbed in the front. Since the tank already has some Jelawat or Hoven's Carp in it, I need to get some hardy fish that can tolerate it.
For the Jelawat tank I bought these Patin or Red Tail Catfish, they are very hardy and able to survive if placed with the Jelawat aggressive behavior.
Another tank I need to stock up already has Lampam, so got few more of these Lampam or Tin Foil Barb. This fish can't survive if I put it with the Jelawat.

Kaffir Lime - Hi Five

Kaffir Lime seedling sown last August has shown more progress. I placed them in individual pots so that they can grow till about 12 inches or so before redoing to another pot.
 It will be six months before they out grow this pots.
So here they are, the Kaffir Five..

Placing them high up on one of the old damaged growbed, away from pounding rain and extreme heat.

Strawberry - Lateral Crown

Lateral crown are plant growth at base of Strawberry plants, some strawberry plants will grow these naturally and other variety will produce these if runners are pruned.
From my trial, these lateral crown emerge about two to three months after I planted runners to pots.
Like runners, these lateral crown are genetically same as the parent plant and this is one way of propagating strawberry plant quickly.
However unlike runners, where once independent they can be easily separated from parent plant by cutting the stolon.
In the case of lateral crown, the entire strawberry plant cluster and the crowns are separated from parent rhizomes by carefully cutting it off. This process takes practice and could kill the mother plant if not done correctly.

It is good to have more than one crown in a pot, this will maximized the growing area and a normal practice for strawberry grower to do.

Below more photos of lateral crown at various stages of growth.

Strawberry Runner Cutting - After 4 Days

After I planted the runner cutting on 4th Nov, the sun came in full heat. few of the leaves dying and to save the plant I cut most of the leaves and left only two.
If it survive these next few days then great.

Update 11th Nov 2014 - Another 3 days from above photo. Hope it can survive.

Gutter Growbed Revisited

Did gutter growbed in March 2010, that time I was using loop siphon and it is difficult to get right. This time I'm doing it with Bell Siphon and for planting Strawberry plants.
Main reason why I am trying this again is to reduce the amount of LECA needed since I'll use pot for the plants and it will be easier to do Strawberry in rows on a step.

I need to make a shorter bell siphon since gutter is not that deep, water height the most would be three inches. Therefor the siphon will need to be cut and tailor made to three inch or less. I will try using 20 mm strainerbell siphon modified to suit. A 15 mm StrainerBell would be a good size but I had not tried this size for long.