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    Shrimp farming, large scale systems!
  1. I'm building a specific type of shrimp farming system and incorporating a bunch of aquaponics techniques, though my main issue is height requirements. I'm putting my "tank" on a work bench which is about 2'4" off the ground. The tank I'm building is going to be very long and wide (40'x8') and about 2/3' tall. My overflow will end up being about 3' tall, giving me 3' to work with. My question is, whats the minimum height difference I can have between one end of the pipe and another to have consistent water flow. 1", 2"? I realize I'll need to do a bunch of digging, but this will highly influence how much digging I do. Thanks!
  2. I'm part of a senior capstone design team building a fish farming prototype. It's going to be a custom built 1600 gallon tank with a 1x turnover rate (1600 GPH). I've been researching how to design the water recirculation system for weeks now in aquarium forums until I discovered aquaponics and have been flooded with a wealth of invaluable information. While were not utilizing this system to grow plants (since it is a saltwater application), the methods in disposing of TSS is identical. Onto the question: (I know it sounds crazy, but...) The design of the tank we are utilizing allows us to house a large amount of shrimp per square meter, so we plan on feeding an average of 8 lb's of fish food a day. This is going to create a large amount of fish waste, and we intend to use a radial flow filter like in this video to handle the largest settleable solids. My concern is that the typical diy design with a 55 gallon plastic drum isn't going to cut it for out application since we don't want to be out there everyday emptying the solids. Therefore, can we resort to use multiple 55 gallon drums or maybe order a larger tank from this website. I figure an 80 gallon tank might make more sense for our application. Let me know what you guys think, and thank you!