Simple Effective Aquaponics System Build Documentation Mega Post Part #3steemCreated with Sketch.

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Good Evening Steemians tonight I wanted to present more build documentation for my aquaponics system.

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I had to change out the vortex filter barrel with my rain barrel. I'm using 2" pvc to enter the barrel from 2" uniseals I bought from these folks https://www.aussieglobe.com/ . There is a pipe that leaves toward the biofilter at the top of the barrel and the input from the fish tank at the bottom of the barrel.

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Here is the view from outside of the barrel to show the input and output pipes.


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I also started to create ribs for the greenhouse to prepare for season extension.

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Using a tube bending machine I bent some 1&3/8" chain link fence top rail using 1&1/2" rollers. Using a crescent wrench I progressively tightened the screw as making passes with the rollers.


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To create more surface area for bacteria to thrive and filter the water from solids that have escaped the vortex and biological filter. I added this media bed flood and drain system with a 30gallon tote. I put 2x4's on the bottom of the tote to span the sump area and support the tote. I used anthoer 2" uniseal to penetrate the bottom of the tote and inserted a 2" standpipe to keep the water level just below the top of the pea gravel.

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To create a passive flood and drain you need to create a bell syphon. This is done by creating a pipe with a larger diameter with an end cap to start a differential pressure and begin the syphon. This is a 4" diameter pipe to go with the 2" standpipe.

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I drilled 1/2" holes in the bottom of the 4" pipe to allow the water to flow into the bottom and keep a seal up unto these holes where the syphon will be broken.

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The bottom of the tote was filled with larger diameter lava rock and the top of the bed with smaller pea gravel. I used 3 .5ft^3 bags of each type of stone to build this bed.

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Here is a picture of the media bed after completion. I added 2 2x4's on both sides of the tote to hold the tote in place and give it structure.

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Thank you for your time if you gave this a read!

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How much blood did you lose to mosquitoes while you were taking those pictures in the dark?

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At least a pint..... :( I don't even really notice anymore. I probably have 5 different viruses and malaria fighting each other keeping me alive at this point.


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