theseeker049

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  1. We debated it and though a simple and fool proof option of course we have to overcomplicate everything lol. We decided to use a male and female adapter on each side of the barrels and tried o-rings and washer combos to seal. Still a very tiny leak (just out of 2 of the input/output attachments) resulting in a couple drops of water every minute. The decision for the adaptors is for easy diassembly and cleaning as the only pvc that's glued is that which is outside of the barrels and fish tank. Everything inside the barrels and fish tank are simply placed together seeing as if they leak it doesn't matter since its contained. Might have shot ourselves in the foot adding to the additional parts and strife of water sealing it versus the ease of the uniseals.... but minus the strife it was cheaper as we would have spent a little over 50 dollars on uniseals versus the smaller cost of some fittings and o-rings. Oh well might go with the uniseals on the second side of the setup... live and learn.
  2. Thanks man I looked at the topic early on but haven't been home much at the computer to have time to catch up on it but will do so this week! Looking forward to how your system has come along since I last looked at your post! Anyways another gap in the updates but it is soooo close now! Only going to have half the system operational here soon but figured it would be best to work out the kinks in the design and setup before doing the other half so we can avoid all our problems twice. We filled everything with water and found a few small leaks in the barrels (really hard with o-rings and even washers to seal along a curved surface) so going to silicone it up tomorrow. Guess we should have done that in the first place but we tried for some reason wanting to avoid it. Oh well, other than fixing the leak we need to run a little more electrical and then the first half will be up and running. Right now leaving the fish tank full of water to begin dechlorinating and after sealing the barrels will finish the electrical and start running the pump to finish dechlorinating all the water in this side of the system. Hoping that by the end of this week or middle of next week begin cycling. We are getting some tank water from another guy we met who's running a system so that will help jump start the process. From there once cycled, in go the fish and in the meantime begin the construction of the other half and begin to grow some plants. Well enough rambling, on to the pictures! These are the first tank with acrylic window installed as well as wrapped in shade cloth and reed fencing. Here's the 1/2hp pump along with venturi going into the first fish tank. Here's the tank to the RFF, which inside has a removable siphon/vacuum cleaner thing which with pictured pump attached to the outside will pull the solids and pump them into the MT. Finally you've seen the mechanical filter bucket leading to the BF... So here's the BF going back to the sump.
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    From the album Dual Loop Setup

    BF to the Sump
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    Mechanical Filter
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    Sump and Pump 2
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    Sump and Pump 1
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    Tank 1 and Sump
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    Top of Tank 1
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    From the album Dual Loop Setup

    MT Pump
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    RFF 2
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    From the album Dual Loop Setup

    BF and Bio Balls
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    RFF
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    RFF and MT
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    Filling it up!
  15. Greetings Craig! In response to some of your questions/input: I have a pretty good size reverse osmosis system used from my hydroponic growing days so it can be utilized as a quick source of top up water with some cal mag added if need be. Yup definitely going to be doing that as the pump for the hydroponic system only runs to water on a timer (ebb and flow). Yeah the ebb and grow can go for a few hours during the day depending on the heat without watering and all night if it is watered sometime in the evening. Going to be building some backup batteries using deep cycle marine batteries for any power failure event. Though not installed yet I have purchased a reed fencing that will be put around almost all the tank except the areas where acrylic plexiglass will be installed as a viewing window. Fortunately our RAS setup is under some trees and in a shadier portion of the yard. Thanks again for all your words of wisdom... I have yet try growing with wicking beds but may be inclined to give it a show especially if I wanna grow bigger crops than my pots for the plants be sustain... been looking at some small trees or perennial plants.