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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    Thanks Roger, Looks nice and sounds even better...you can hear the sound of a mountain stream clear into the house.

    Thanks JCO in the "Breeding Tilapia help", I went by Goodwill on the way home from work and spent $15 for something just a little more decorative (ceramic pots and a cookie jar). On the underside of the cookie jar lid, I cut notches for the frys to hide. Kind a like nursery addition to the main house.

    It's amazing what light refection off from water can do the a picture, I had to take the last picture right at sundown. All pots, rock and tower are one to two feet underwater, fish are mostly on the surface. The lattice work, trees and sky are just the refection off the water.







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    New update...Got Vertigrow??







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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    Well, my Pipe Siphon has been operating non-stop now for over 6 months. No cleaning, tweaking or adjustments, I even change to a small pump, added vertical towers and change my plumbing when I added my Whirlpool Filter. I planted my radishes right on top of where I buried the Pipe Siphon...because they have a short root system.

    On my potato plant it sprouted up 2 days ago, looks like it should do will in the GB. It would be nice just to reach down into the media a pick your potatoes with out killing the plant.

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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    Very nice setup... I would be proud to show that off!
    It's all about the fish, dude.

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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo
    Well, my Pipe Siphon has been operating non-stop now for over 6 months. No cleaning, tweaking or adjustments, I even change to a small pump, added vertical towers and change my plumbing when I added my Whirlpool Filter.
    Very nice! Definitely a good looking system. Will you be able to run the system year round? I am curious about how the summer heat will affect your operation.
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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    Well, my system was up and running though August 2013 and the temp stayed between 78 - 82. The FT is on the east side of my GBs and receives morning sun up to noon before the shade from the trees give them afternoon protection. Being in the ground and shaded in the afternoon, plus I have two umbrella stands build into the east and west side of the FT. I seemed to work out all right...trees can be trimmed or let grow as needed.

    On my organic garden that I built before learning about AP, runs with a shade screen (50% shade) all year round on just the west half of garden area. Plants seem to do fine all year round with out removing the shade screen.

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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    I went on an AP tour of a large Constant Flow Raft System…his plants were doing awesome, way better than mine in a Ebb & Flow Media System. He had also stated that he started out with media in both of his large GB’s and later pull out all the media in 80% of the GB’s and changed over to Raft System.

    I have seen several AP system using the Ebb & Flow Media System and the FT water was 90 - 95% clear…plants were doing OK.

    The two Raft systems I have viewed the FT water was only about 15 to 20% clear, you can see what appears to be fish but that’s about all…plants were doing awesome. WHY ? ? ?

    1. Does the media act like a sand filter removing a lot of the smaller particles?

    2. Is it possible to change a Ebb & Flow Media to a Constant Flow Raft System, without the Raft and used the media instead?

    3. Water flow: fish tank, whirlpool filter, back into the grow bed though a aerator ring on top of the media, water being remove from the bottom of the GB by a non-firing bell siphon.

    The media will give the plants the root support, give my red wiggler worms a home and act like a sand filter to keep the FT water 90 - 95% clear. Your plants will benefit with 100% of the water all the time, same as in a Raft System.

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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    I had to modify my Veritgrow Towers;

    Water feeding the towers were damaging the foliage by keeping it too wet. I added a down cap, which also allows me to increase my water flow.

    Water as it trickled down the towers would exit the towers at the back corners of the openings. Making a mess and not completely watering the bottom plants in the towers.



    Adding water diverter cap...look at the tower in background, see the water mess.


    Add "Plumbing Goop" in a U shape around the opening.


    This step needs to be done before installing and planting.


    A much cleaner look.
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    Re: Pipe Siphon by Apollo

    Nice solution to the problem. Are the rings that were added below the opening made from cutoffs from the pipe?
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