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Improving Water Transfer in Aquaponic Set Up

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Summary:

I have a set up that Im using to grow house plants in with the gold fish. I am using a smaller ten gallon tank as a grow tank because when I tried growing plants with the fish they saw them as a meal and ate all the roots.

My current set up is here: Final Tank Set Up.

Question:

Based on my current set up is there a way to cycle more water through the system?

I am thinking about drilling holes in the tanks to help the water flow from tank to tank.I could then use a pump to cycle water rather than an equalizer tune. The equalizer tube doesn't seem to be transferring enough water. If you test the water temperature they are roughly the same so I know that water is cycling between the tanks. I would like to come up with a better simpler way to do this however I'm a little apprehensive about drilling a hole through the side of my tank to improve water flow. I've never drilled glass and I don't want to screw anything up.

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Sure, I can tell you how to do it, but you need to replace your small tank with a plastic storage box. Then you use a small pond pump like this: http://www.harborfre...pump-68395.html in your fish tank, with 1/2" inner diameter tubing like this: http://www.homedepot...g&storeId=10051 running from the pump in the fish tank to the bottom of the plastic box.

Then you put a exit spout near the top of the plastic box. To see how to do it, go here: http://www.kokosgold...e-instant-pond/ and see how I used a uniseal and a piece of pvc pipe to return water to a tank from a filter. Elevate the plastic box so the spout is a little higher than the top of your tank and it will return the water to your fish tank.

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Sure, I can tell you how to do it, but you need to replace your small tank with a plastic storage box. Then you use a small pond pump like this: http://www.harborfre...pump-68395.html in your fish tank, with 1/2" inner diameter tubing like this: http://www.homedepot...g&storeId=10051 running from the pump in the fish tank to the bottom of the plastic box.

Then you put a exit spout near the top of the plastic box. To see how to do it, go here: http://www.kokosgold...e-instant-pond/ and see how I used a uniseal and a piece of pvc pipe to return water to a tank from a filter. Elevate the plastic box so the spout is a little higher than the top of your tank and it will return the water to your fish tank.

Your set up is awesome. You really thought your set up out. I keep coming across videos of people using what ever container is available at the time to use for a growing vessel. One of the challenges with my set up is that it is front and center in the living room and everything needs to look nice. Which is actually a benefit because I get a lot of criticism and ways to improve the set up. I uploaded a you tube video of the current set up here called

. Thanks for your advise.

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That is to cool. Now if my cat wouldnt eat every live plant I get I would do something like this... Thank you that was neat :thumb:

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