Do you want to build vortex filters as in the video? But have questions about design, performance or simply believe you can improve on the designs simplicity etc... Then please ask or post your comments in this in this forum below.

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My question is what about part 2? Are we not doing the Biological Filter? Or the Bead Filter? I get this one. It's the next few I need. Much appreciated.

Are you guys using 3 inch or 4 inch pipe to plumb the barrels?

Keith,

Bigger is better!  Even 5 inch would be ideal.   The Larger the pipe, the slower the vortex will spin at x volume/ hour.   If you go with a three inch pipe you will have to slow down your pump to get the best settlement of solids. 

Tolderius, We are still doing the videos on the bead filters and Bio filters, it is going to be a part of the launch of this forum in the next couple of months.  So sorry for the delay. I cant wait until we can do this full time.

Tolderius Destalinian said:

My question is what about part 2? Are we not doing the Biological Filter? Or the Bead Filter? I get this one. It's the next few I need. Much appreciated.

Nice, thanks for the reply Jason.

Jason Fields said:

Keith,

Bigger is better!  Even 5 inch would be ideal.   The Larger the pipe, the slower the vortex will spin at x volume/ hour.   If you go with a three inch pipe you will have to slow down your pump to get the best settlement of solids. 

where does the pump go in the system? before or after the 4 barrels

I imagine if it is CHOP setup, the pump will be in the sump tank.

Do you want the pump in the sump? If the sump is the first step to catching all the sediment? Won't it clog up your pump quicker?

No. The sump is the last stage before the water gets back to the fish tank. The grow beds dain into the sump. Then the pumps send it back into the fish tank.

These videos can't come out soon enough! Especially with the warmer months just around the corner.  I do have one question though.  In the 6-IBC Perpetual System that you have set up, can you get away with not setting up the vortex filter?

Well the problem sounds like if the fish waste is going directly into the grow bed, you're going to have serious sediment build up and will have to drain the bed, remove the grow medium, scrub it down, and repopulate its bacterial colonies.

I can't remember the forum but as I understand it, having some sort of sediment filter is best... something you can clean separately. It basically contains the bacteria colonies to transform the ammonia into the nitrates and nitrites  which just carries over in, otherwise, clean water to the plants. The plants just get water and nutrients minus poop deposits and returns squeaky clean to the fish tank for re-fouling.

Yeah.  Totally.  Nevermind. I was thinking that the plants would be able to remove that excess fish waste.   There is no way that they can alone.  So the problem to solve would be then, if you are not going to use the fish waste to fertilize plants in a traditional garden, you would have to dispose of the waste or find another use for it.

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