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Category: Aquaponics | Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:45 pm

Last Sunday I was really itching to setup the grow bed to check whether it is possible to make use of the exsisting hole or not even though I am not sure I have the hardwares or not. After sending the children to the bus station for their return to their respective college/university, I decided to just cut open one of the drums for the grow bed to see how it is.

Grow Bed ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
Got the drum opened as plan and it was quite easy after getting some experience opening the big drum for the fish tank. Incidentally, the 2 pieces of hack saw broke while I was cutting the fish tank, they were really brittle and snap real easy. I took the blade from my hack saw and used it ..... have to make a note to get another for spare.

After having done that, there was about another two hours to dinner and not wanting to do weeding, I started going through my old stuffs to look for pipe fitting. I guess the itching was too great to be supressed.

After digging around for awhile, I found my old surf-casting fishing rod holder which I made from pipe fittings and broom handle. Since I had not gone fishing for a very long while now I decided to dismantle it and make use of the parts together with whatever left over pvc pipes and fittings I had collected over the years from my house maintenance.

Perfect ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
Luck was with me cause there was a short section of the 42mm dia. pipe, cut of the broken end and got a lenght that should be ideal. The fit was perfect, I have to tap it in quite a bit.

Fitted with reduction adapter ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
I did not have reduction elbow of the right size so I have to make use of reduction joint before the reduction elbow.

Unexpected design ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
I tried making use of the design that I thought of earlier but was unable to do so cause it was either unworkable or there was not enough hardware. I decided to do a quick fix and make use of a section of my old PVC flexible hose.

It Worked!!!!!! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
HEY!!! IT WORKED!!! Not only it worked, it worked real well. I guess making use of flexible hose would be more flexible for me to set up the reurn piping.

Inside setup ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )
This is the remaining water from the backwash when the siphon was broken. I guess it is a acceptable amount of water left over.

Now to make a shopping list to get all the grow beds fitted so that I can get on with setting up the water feed and return piping.

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Jerry Sullivan wrote on Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:22 pm:

Hi KK,

Looking good! It's nice when ideas work well. Good luck shopping for parts. Buy plenty of hacksaw blades:-)


KK Ng wrote on Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:07 pm:

Thanks Jerry, have not gone shopping yet!

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