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We had to pump out the hole one more time from yet another major storm last night. Still filling in the dirt here... Next on the agenda...

1) Giant 3 inch bulkhead fitting I found on ebay to use for my drainage port to be installed into the sump. It came with a cool little chart here;

Bulkhead Fitting Size = Mounting Hole Size (inches)
1/2" = 1 1/2"
3/4" = 1 1/2"
1"= 2 3/8"
1 1/4"= 2 3/8"
1 1/2"= 3"
2"= 3 1/8"
3" = 4 1/2"

So I will sort out a method to cut a 4.5 inch circle and to trim the cement board barrier. Should be easy since its so big. I will probably be using a high speed rotary tool because it available to me. For smaller size holes I will be using the drill method and I don't want to purchase a circle bit this size to use it only once.

2) Fill or float valve, I am planning on a fill valve like the one from your build but also influenced by Squatchaponics build.
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3) And finally we will be adding the 3 inch drainage pipe under where our GBs will eventually be located.
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You know, I still have not hooked up my float valve...

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Last night my parents came by and we explained to them about AP and our goals here. The first response was "isn't that still illegal here?" and eventually ended with I would absolutely love to catch my own fish for dinner some night. Oddly enough they seemed like they were already on board even when they misunderstood exactly what we plan on growing... hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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Found some excellent inspiration here!



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That's a real ultralight outfit there. Looks like the old Ronco "pocket fisherman" lol


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I use something a little bigger for shovel nose sharks off turtle beach... you gotta watch the guy prepare the dinner though. :laughing3: I think he almost got sick when he took the mouth full of mayo.

Chris, I've got on 18" earth anchor on the bottom of the ibc and the rain finally stopped now that I have the dirt filled back in.

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Just placed an order for some 3"x3"x1.25" PVC reducing tee's to run my drainage. Not sure where I read it, I think from TCLynx starting from the drainage backwards makes this a lot easier to build out. While yet the placement of everything requires at least a basic plan at the same time.

I have a small tree I need to remove for my layout to work... at least the weather has changed finally it dropped about 15° here.

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Yeah, beautiful here too. We got around 9" here over the last few weeks. Hopefully, you can get that thing up and running with this nice weather.


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Chris,

What do you think of running SLO to RFF to DWC on a single pump with no media beds. But then getting a bit radical by placing a 2nd (timer based) pump inside the bottom of the RFF attached to the indexing valve to power 6 media beds all flowing back to the same sump?

This is based on my issues with utilizing a sump in a system with an indexing valve, without sacrificing volume turn over or high flow to the fish (thanks to the DWC flow) as you and Ron suggested. And it still achieves the goal of watering the media beds less frequently (why I wanted the indexing valve in the fist place). And from a newbie perspective this takes the best of both camps on the ever disputed concept of a RFF even being necessary at all, with respect to lost fish poo and cleaning.

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Media beds can handle waste, but I would avoid massive amounts of waste from the bottom of the RFF. Why not just throttle down the flow to the media beds?

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My hope is it will be happening enough times a day it wont matter, it wont be like the people who drain an RFF every few days. It would be at 50-100 times per day.

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Today I played with the indexing valve a little bit. It works as expected. This was also my first test run of the new pump the "quiet one 4000" In this case I was cycling the power by hand off camera. Boring video but it works at least.




When I finish it will run using a cycle timer shown in the image below.
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The profile of 6 PVC pipes 1.25" running in a bundle isn't going to be pretty.

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If those are slip fittings, make sure you have enough room between the valve and the first fitting to remove and add a coupling if you need to replumb one. Or, even better, use unions.


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I like to keep things simple, 1 pump, then a second like or same pump as a backup. One air pump, with a like or similar one as a backup. But lots of people use a second small pump to run towers or nft. Nothing wrong with it...to each his own. I'm just getting to the point where I want to do it once, do it right, and not have to do it again....for a looong time.lol


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