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 Post subject: Jake's IBC system
PostPosted: Jul 21st, '12, 04:59 
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I figure I might as well start a system thread as I'm planning things out. I'm going for a fairly simple setup to start with and I'll play around with it from there. I'll probably start with a siphon-activated or timed flood & drain, but may switch to constant flood. An important thing for me is that it look nice, since it's essentially going to be in my front yard (the back yard is shaded, hilly, and mostly trees). I don't know if I've come across this particular type of "landscape integration" before and was wondering what the potential pitfalls might be. I'm planning to bury the FT about halfway, then constructing a timber frame around it about 1 ft larger in each dimension to make a raised soil-filled bed (that will probably contain flowers or something, for reasons you can probably guess easily enough). The lip of the FT will be a few inches above the soil, just in case of... well whatever. I'll shield the FT sides with something before backfilling.

Forgive my Sketchup skills, this is my first try:

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 Post subject: Re: Jake's IBC system
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One thing i noticed with the way you are adding water to your grow bed. A lot of people have a 'ring' around the entire grow bed to ensure that water is flowing through the whole thing. This helps to eliminate any dead zones in your grow bed that could potentially become anaerobic. Once your plants start growing it becomes barely noticeable.

If you really dont want to have a ring around your whole GB you could maybe have the water added in the corner where you have your riser and the drain in the opposite corner.

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water will find its own level, so no matter where you put the water in, it will fill all voids before going over the standpipe, siphon etc...

the reason for the ring is that it helps to distribute the fish waste over a larger area... with one outlet, you can get a build up...

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Yeah, that party is over here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=13168

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