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sump pump float switch failure seeking advise from communty

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jack Rife Aug 22, 2015. 7 Replies

hello all,  before I spend more money I was hoping to get a bit of feedback from the community i have a greenhouse with the IBC chop system, been growing for about three years and have found many…Continue

Need advice on slug prevention options

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Apr 29, 2015. 1 Reply

Hello community at large,I live in western Oregon, and have been involved in aquaponics for about three plus years, and have been battling slugs way more than I want to admit.  I have been keeping…Continue

 

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mark gordon replied to Milton Atkins's discussion System not working correctly
"hello Milton, I've looked at your photos and was wondering how big a pump you are using and if you were able to get the drain reinstalled in the grow bed yet.  it not I would knock out the bottom of a small bucket and wiggle it down around…"
May 21, 2016
mark gordon replied to Milton Atkins's discussion System not working correctly
"hello,  Not sure where your location is....need more info.  can you take a few pictures of your setup that is already done?  and a few photo's of the equipment supplies that are part of your system.  also will need some idea…"
Apr 27, 2016
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"Well I think we have survived mild winter, Seeds are on the agenda for the next two weeks. time to get planting."
Mar 8, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Hi Mark Glad you could sort out the trip - those (geyser) heater element sure do cause trip once damaged/scaled - finding a crack element not always easy! Maybe consider adding a phase controller to the heater circuit (i.e. modified light dimmer…"
Jan 29, 2016
mark gordon commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Hello Pieter, I have been testing the setup again,  I located a different type of pump,  I think its a danner mag , not sure it says model 5 utility and pulls .8 amp at about 465 gph.  so its been running for three days, I am going to…"
Jan 28, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Hi Mark - Thanks for the info - first - typical disclaimer re expertise. Note that I'm not living in America - so I'm possibly not knowledgeable regarding American/state wiring practice/code. Pump - I could not find much info on the type…"
Jan 25, 2016
mark gordon commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Power extension cord is 25ft, it's probably 16 gauge.  No markings on it,  Its probably over ten years old. I remember I chose it because it would fit under the shop door when I closed it.   power meter is 119.8 +/_.2 at the…"
Jan 22, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Thanks Mark Please advise length of feeder cable (from main db to greenhouse) as well as wire gauge AWG/copper diameter - this is to determine the voltage drop in your feeder cable. Does the power trip when you start the pump and heater is on or…"
Jan 19, 2016
mark gordon commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Hi Peter, I found a power calculator online and ran the math.   Power useage for greenhouse      Single 110 power outlet on a 20amp breaker shared with my workshop   Hydro star 1 HP Stainless Steel Submersible Dirty Water…"
Jan 19, 2016
Pieter Swanevelder commented on mark gordon's blog post seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby
"Hi Mark Just confirm the pumps power (see HydroStar 1600gph ~ 0.5Hp) What is the power output of your heater element?"
Jan 19, 2016
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seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby

Seeking advice from our aquaponic community regarding power usage and pump usage Hi everyone, We live in NW Oregon and the weather is mild this winter, so we are going forward with greenhouse projects, to jump start our growing season.   Currently we have been using goldfish,   in a chop system, letting the system idle down in late November, keeping the water flowing, and then jump starting the system in late February or March depending  freezing temps with a scratch built heater.Last year I…See More
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Dec 10, 2015
Jack Rife replied to mark gordon's discussion sump pump float switch failure seeking advise from communty
"Switch to smaller pump and run constantly, eliminate float switch, even commercial applications, float switches constantly cause problems. I use a 600 gph pump from Harbour Freight $42.00, pluged it in 4 yrs ago still going strong 24/7 700 gal total…"
Aug 22, 2015
Adam McMillin replied to mark gordon's discussion sump pump float switch failure seeking advise from communty
"you got a sump pump from harbor freight to last 3 years!?!  I cant get a pump to last reliably for a year just in my basement.  I would say you got a bargain."
Aug 21, 2015

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seeking advise from the more experienced members in our hobby

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 3:24pm 7 Comments

Seeking advice from our aquaponic community regarding power usage and pump usage

 

Hi everyone, We live in NW Oregon and the weather is mild this winter, so we are going forward with greenhouse projects, to jump start our growing season.   Currently we have been using goldfish,   in a chop system, letting the system idle down in late November, keeping the water flowing, and then jump starting the system in late February or March depending  freezing temps with a scratch built…

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November the beginning of the cold season, getting it all sorted out.

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 12:34am 1 Comment

Hello everyone, I live in North plains,Oregon. We got introduced to aquaponics in April, we liked what we saw. In June we cleaned up our backyard, built a few more raised beds, did a lot of Internet searching. Then by July first was able to start building a system.



I thought that we could do this with a bunch of mini projects, by making the budget of each project to stay in or below $40.00. So every month we add something to help keep it going.





I started out with an… Continue

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