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PostPosted: Aug 7th, '17, 05:17 
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Hello all thanks for taking time to read. Currently I have five 55 gallon water tanks cut in half to make 10 grow beds. I have two ibc tanks one I'm currently going to use as a fish tank the other as a sump tank. I will be expanding in the future and will add another ibc tank as a fish tank or possibly a single big tank of 500+ gallons along with some type of bio filter system as well for my expansion into floating beds. Beings as this system is going to expand over time what type and size of tubing should I use for draining of the grow beds, slo, and pump line into the beds ?


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Watching this. I have almost the exact thoughts, barrels, and IBC count!

I was thinking about 2" pipe from the FTs to the swirl filter. The same from the filter to GBs.

Then maybe 3" to go back?


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My single IBC FT with 4 1/2 barrel GBs + 1 IBC top GB and an IBC bottom for a sump. I use 2" SLO to the RFF, then 2" overflow to the GBs, but that steps down to 1-1/2 and then 1" - each spout to the GB is 1". The GBs to sump are 3/4" standpipes that empty into a 1-1/2 lateral, though that is only two. The other 3 empty directly into the sump so no lateral needed. It is my most reliable system and only needs the RFF cleaned once in a while and check the siphons for roots every couple weeks.

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Thanks for the input, I've just cut the tops off of my IBC Fish tank/sump tank and all the barrels in half today. Next up is the building of the shelfs to hold the grow beds then I'm going to start running my pipe and doing some wood work so it doesn't look like such an eye sore. I'll upload some pics once I get to the setup and finish. Still waiting to move in new house about another month, I'm stoked!


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Thanks for the input, I've just cut the tops off of my IBC Fish tank/sump tank and all the barrels in half today. Next up is the building of the shelfs to hold the grow beds then I'm going to start running my pipe and doing some wood work so it doesn't look like such an eye sore. I'll upload some pics once I get to the setup and finish. Still waiting to move in new house about another month, I'm stoked!

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Here's a pic of the grow beds. I'm doing them in singles because I rent and I wanted to make it portable if I have to move. I'll update with more pics in the future. I'm also going to build an enclosure around the ibc tanks so they look pretty in the back yard with doors on top

I do have a question though. Since I'm doing 10 grow beds is it really necessary to have a bio filter? And should I run a bio filter while I cycle the system?


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1 1/2", 40 mm all round is a good compromise but the media guards want to be 65 + mm and regular inspection for root ingress here is where things slow down. Turning of the guard winds the roots back in to the media.

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Awesome! Thank you so much! Looking good.


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