So I finally got around to finishing off my aquaponics setup.
This has been one of the most annoying projects by far and mainly because of all the tiny mistakes I made while doing it.
I started out with just an idea and here we are, working!
Along the way I learned that I’m rubbish at woodwork, fitting pipes, buying items and judging my skill sets! B-)
It all started last year with an idea. Then back in February I made the frame. now with all the pipework finished I am all done and dusted.
Making the pots up was not so easy. My first mistake was made long ago when I bought the tubs. They came with holes, that was an issue. I had to use silicon sealant and pieces of plastic to plug them. If I ever decide to do this again, or modify it, I will go to a shop and make sure it’s what I actually need. It seems the internet isn’t good for everything!
I decided to use something called a Uniseal. It’s basically a big, thick, long-lasting seal used as an alternative bulkhead for piping. The idea is that it is very slightly smaller than the pipe that goes through it so it expands and makes a very good seal around it while still being reusable if I need to. On the point of reusing things. I decided to use push fittings rather than welding them. For a start it made everything slightly cheaper and if (ha!) I messed up it would be easier to fix them later.
Yeah… No need to make comments here. Moving on… B-)
The pipes I’m using are simple, cheap, 1.5″ (40mm) UPVC waste pipes. I drilled in a few holes into the pipes on one side, not all the way around, passed it through the uniseal, placed the 90° on the end and then fitted the down pipe to each of the pots so the water flows nicely. I may need to drill a ring of holes on the bottom of the down pipe, I’m having a small amount of back flow from the pressure, it could be settling, I will have to check in a few hours.
So now it’s all together and with all the visible issues fixed…. Bar one. *rolls eyes* I set it going. Here is a vid I took.
So what was the last issue I missed? If you are eagle-eyed in the vid you will see it…
Yep… Would you credit it? When I had the water flowing originally without any stones it never spilled any and so I never noticed. It was only when I put stones in that it started flowing strangely and then spilling. With a quick fix I sorted it. This is why I didn’t want to weld the pipes! >.>
Now I just need to decide what plants to try in my new setup!