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Discussion in 'Aquaponics Ideas' started by TJLentz, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. TJLentz

    TJLentz New Member

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    Has anyone tried using "old" tractor tires for a growbeds?
     
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    How would you keep the water in?
     
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    I made a cone shaped barrier out of 26 gage galvanized sheet metal and used screws with a rubber washer spaced 2" apart and silicon to seal the hole on the bottom. I may need to use some other material if the fish do not like the galvanized steel.
    It holds water very well.
    The tires are free from the local truck vulcanizing place
     
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    GB.JPG Here is a photo of the inside.
    I cut the rim off of the tire as well to open up the GB to 48" rnd.
     
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    other than the fact that the galvy is bad for the fish, the idea stands ok as long as there is no chemical residue on the inner part of the tire
     
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    What makes the galvanized material bad for the fish?
     
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    due to the way it corrodes as the thin coating on it wears will cause your fish stress
     
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    Galvanized lets off zinc which is toxic for the fish. Tires are horribly toxic, they used these here for water tanks for animals....but only for a short time as it makes the animals very sick. Maybe you could coat the tire with something?
     
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    Yep, good advice re the old tyres. It is a good idea but not a good idea. Looking for alternative materials is a never ending quest but I wonder if it is productive in the long run. After all we want to produce good clean healthy food for our family.
     

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