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Another purpose for sump tank?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Fisk Aug 23, 2014. 14 Replies

Hello All,Greetings to all enthusiasts.  I am designing my first aquaponics system using IBC as my fish tank containers as well as my sump.  So far I have the design configured at 4 IBC fish tanks…Continue

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Jim Fisk replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Here is a blog I posted on our SLO design: SLO"
Aug 23, 2014
Ronald Lao replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Hi Jim, Again thanks for the additional info.  Until I read your reply I never thought about filters for whats on top surface of the water.  Can you tell me more about your skimmer outlet?   BTW, we are getting a bit off topic for…"
Aug 22, 2014
Jim Fisk replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Hi Ronald, happy to help in any way. That mechanical filter you describe is the same as the "polisher" that Rob Nash refers to. If you can separate the solids out first (he uses the media beds) I do believe the polisher won't require…"
Aug 8, 2014
Jeff S replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Check out the videos from Bright Agrotech. Some of the best info out there. I trust Nate for accurate info. Also if you're talking commercial check out this guy on You Tube:  Paul Van der Werf. He's in the start up stages of a…"
Aug 7, 2014
Jeff S replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"I have Tilapia. Guess they are natural bottom feeders."
Aug 7, 2014
Ronald Lao replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Hello Jim Fisk, Thanks for the hearty input.  It was great for somebody to confirm that we need filters to address both sinker and floater detritus.  Basically my system design looks like this. FT --> RADIAL --> MECHANICAL (3…"
Aug 7, 2014
Jim Fisk replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"The bird netting (Bio-filter) will stay "clean" far longer if you filter out all solids first and that means sinkers and floaters ( a radial filter only addresses sinkers). Otherwise the netting will clog up fast and is a really nasty job…"
Aug 7, 2014
Ronald Lao replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Bigger fish in the sump?  Are you fish bottom feeders? Anyway, that is a mystery that would be nice to solve.  Also, thanks for the video links on your other post, I appreciate the additional info."
Aug 7, 2014
Ronald Lao replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Hi George,  from what I've read any anaerobic zones in my system could be bad for my fish as well as deplete oxygen needed by the plants too.  The netting could get clogged up with no easy way to clean it regularly.  I just want…"
Aug 7, 2014
Jeff S replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"If you want ideas watch this guy. He has a library of aquaponics videos out there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DhypNPRdC0&list=PLBcWprMIwYYh9C2BDFMnIGeLdI6mfDpUe"
Aug 5, 2014
Jeff S replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"I use my sump (also an IBC in ground)as a second fish tank. The fish actually seem to grow faster in there than the fish tank. Don't know why. Maybe they're feeding on any waste that gets past my radial filter."
Aug 5, 2014
George replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Why clean it?  The bird netting is surface area for bacteria, another biological filter, not simply a mechanical filter."
Aug 5, 2014
Ronald Lao replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"Thanks for that. That's one vote for filter.  Regarding the bird netting, I am thinking that it might not lend itself to easy cleaning.  I've had some more time and I found this info about an "internal kaldness filter"…"
Aug 5, 2014
George replied to Ronald Lao's discussion Another purpose for sump tank?
"opinion - a filter for sure, what Rob Nash calls a polisher.  You would need a deep sump tank probably.  Drain from gravel beds to bottom of sump - bottom half of sump filled with bird netting.  Pump to DWC from top half of sump and…"
Aug 4, 2014
Ronald Lao posted a discussion

Another purpose for sump tank?

Hello All,Greetings to all enthusiasts.  I am designing my first aquaponics system using IBC as my fish tank containers as well as my sump.  So far I have the design configured at 4 IBC fish tanks and 1 IBC sump operating on DWC beds.  Sump is below ground level to provide insulation for better temp stability.  Kinda hot where I am (Manila, Philippines) and I don't want to dicker with refrigeration systems for now.My question is... "Can we use the sump as dual purpose role for something else?"…See More
Aug 3, 2014
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