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82591707 Aquaponic Plumbing

82591707 Aquaponic Plumbing




 Aquaponic Plumbing  Plumbing  TCLynx (Aleece B. Landis) Aquaponic Lynx LLC Decomplexing Plumbing Hooking it all togete! "!om simple Aquaponics systems to mixed type aquaponics systems This Is NOT a Siphon Class ➲I have a demo we can play with if there is time. ➲Siphons can work anywhere you have enough fall and can adjust the flow rate in constant pumping but you do have to get the balance right. This Is NOT a Siphon Class ➲I have a demo we can play with if there is time. ➲Siphons can work anywhere you have enough fall and can adjust the flow rate in constant pumping but you do have to get the balance right. Overview  ➲ ➲ ➲ ➲ ➲ ➲ igure out your general layout !et an idea of flow rates and needed pipe si"es !et tools and materials on hand #o the ground work $ook up drain plumbing first %hen run supply plumbing  Figure out your general layout  ➲Space you have to work with ➲%ape measure ➲#rawing ➲!row beds ➲ish tank ➲&alkways ➲#raw a picture or lay it out on site Important design tips ➲'ump bypass( note that you can % off the pump line and add a ball valve to spray water back into the fish tank or sump tank( this is a better way to reduce flow to grow beds than simply adding ball valves at the grow beds. Important design tips ➲S)* drain. %hat stands for solids lifting overflow. %his is a way to draw water from the bottom of a fish tank while still keeping the water level in the fish tank fairly constant. ➲+$I% 'IS% as in last slide provides clean water sump. Important design tips ➲%he +$*' ,ark - method doesnt provide a clean water sump but it does provide more control and flexibility over layout. ➲ou can control the flow to individual beds easier and not worry about the fish tank overflowing since it overflows to the sump tank. %his makes siphon operation easier.  ➲I et an idea o! !low rates and needed pipe si"es often start with the pump( what si"e plumb0 ing does it take1 !onna upsi"e it1 ➲%hen make drain plumbing bigger( much bigger. ➲Siphons are a bit different( they require a balance  et tools and materials on hand  ➲2se your layout and pipe si"e figures to help you estimate the amount of pipe and what fittings you will need to hook it all to0 gether. ➲%ools and safety glasses for cutting. ➲Sandpaper  ➲'3+ primer/cement ➲!loves unless you like purple stained hands Tools Or Power Tools #on$t %e a!raid o! P&C pipe ➲,any people seem to want to use irrigation pipe or something because they feel it is more flexible and temporary but regular '3+ pipe is not difficult to get( cut( or glue and the fittings are not that costly. ou get far more flow through the '3+ than you do irrigation pipe hooked together with barb fittings. P&C Cement or Silicone Temporary P&C Options ➲%here are flexible couplers for '3+. ➲Some plumbing with no chance of getting knocked apart can be left dry fitted. ➲ 4nd if you need to secure plumbing tem0 porarily a stainless steel screw can keep it from being knocked apart and some silic0 one can keep it from dripping.  ➲'lace #o the ground wor'  tanks and beds in correct location. ➲#o any digging and leveling. ➲'rep trenches for pipes. ➲)ook at everything and visuali"e the plumb0 ing runs to make sure it will all work out. ➲#rain plumbing outlet into sump or fish tank needs to be lower than the beds or water wont drain. ➲3ents may be needed if gravity plumbing does much up and down.  (oo' up drain plumbing !irst  ➲#rill holes for grow bed drains and install. ➲,ake sure stand pipes are removable. ➲it gravel guards. ➲If running siphons add extra overflow ➲)ay out drain piping and fittings. ➲$ook it all up without glue first. ➲5un some water to make sure drains work. ➲!lue or secure once satisfied. Then )un supply plumbing  ➲rom pump to beds ➲*r from fish tank to beds for +$I% 6con0 stant height in fish tank7 system ➲If +$I% plumb supply from pump to fish tank. ,ake sure the !ravity drain from fish tank is plenty large enough that the fish tank wont overflow. ➲)ayout and dry fit first and make sure it all looks good before securing. Test  ➲*nce its all hooked up( test it out. ➲%his is a good time to rinse everything off  ➲&ithout media in you may not be able to really test flood and drain. ➲5un water around to let it air out and do a good test for leaks. ➲ 4fter a day of circulating you can check your source waters 8real9 p$ and also get a good baseline on other water tests. 'repare for gravel washing 6test likely media for p$ compatibility.7 So that was %asic  ➲&hat about hooking up... ➲5afts ➲% ➲%owers ➲etc Clean *ater Sump ➲If you want a combo system a clean water sump +$I% 'IS% 6+onstant $eight in fish tank pump in sump tank7 is a good way to go. ➲*n the other had( if you do +$*' ,ark you can add additional filtration before the %( 54%S or %owers if you add them. #iagram Towers ➲%here are different kinds of towers. ➲,ost require solids filtration and bio0filters. ➲;ipgrow towers are the exception. (ow much +edia grow bed do you need For a +i,ed System-  ➲%hat is still being determined. ➲It will depend on many things. ➲%here are only a couple of commercial scale aquaponics systems experimenting with media bed filtration instead of settling thanks and bio0filters. *hat about Sequencing-  ➲ 4quaponics Indexing 3alves allow for more grow beds with less water level fluctuation for flood and drain situations. ➲%hink of them as a %imed flood and drain system but the pump only stays off for short periods. ➲Sequencing with 4quaponics Indexing 3alves is most appropriate to simple and +hop ,ark - systems. ➲'ump si"ing for flow and pressure is im0 portant or the 3alve function.