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Our system has been running for a few months now, and I thought I’d share my maintenance schedule.


  • Feeding – feed fish morning and night. Feed yabbies every second day after removing any uneaten food pieces.
  • Check water temperature.
  • Check pumps and plumbing. To conserve power, I use a timer on the pump to operate it during daylight, and a timer on the aerators during the night. Check them.
  • Check that all siphons are operating correctly.
  • Pick vegetables as needed, while checking for bugs and disease.


  • Test water for pH, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and dissolved oxygen.
  • Check water level in sump tank and top up as required.
  • Plant out new plants after removing spent plants. Plant need seeds as required for planting out in 2-3 weeks time.
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By ozhank

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