How To Plumb An Aquaponics System: Sump Tanks

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Bright Agrotech: We would love to incorporate more off-grid/alternative tech energy to our greenhouse. We just don't have the capital at the moment. Someday, maybe! We're happy to help out and passionate about giving value to the AP community. So glad you've found these videos helpful and please feel free to suggest future videos!

Bright Agrotech: Yep, it all gravity feeds. There's enough volume and incline to get it moving!

GlobalTubeTruth: Remember, most states offer a nice tax break for alternative energy. With some effort, and not so much capital, your entire system could be running off energy produced by sunlight, wind, & water. Three things you have plenty of, and don't have to pay any extra costs to obtain. That's a series of videos I'd love to see you guys produce. That in itself is a great marketing advantage. Not only to attract curious, and respectful customers, to buy what you grow, but also to buy solar/wind products

RK Castillo: So do you pump from your sump tank to your fish tank and your towers?

Daniel Rocha: I love your knowledge and information... however I do not like any of your video editing because I have yet to see one of your videos that shows what you're talking about. Might help to pick up the camera and show us :)

The KlezmerTube: Why are you mixing the returns of the fish with the filtered water from the towers?

Bright Agrotech: The point of placing the pump below our towers is for ease of access with having our towers at ground level. We have a depth gauge to let us know about potential leaks or other errors.

Raven Leader: How do you prevent ground water from seeping into your sump hole?

Ronald Warner: I really enjoy your videos. You are very informative and a natural teacher. Keep up the good work.

Bright Agrotech: Within the next few weeks we'll be starting to sell some bulkheads and other fittings on our store. Keep an eye out!

RK Castillo: So Constant Height In Fish it gravity feeds to the sump? It seems like that water is moving pretty fast into the sump. Is it pretty steep down hill?

Bright Agrotech: Hi Sonny, Swirl filters are great, but we don't use them because our towers do all of our filtration for us.

STEADFASTuntoDeath: Okay, quick question: Can I grow Sweet Corn this way?

Vishal Patel: My guess is that this allows them to maintain water levels in the fish-tank, as well as make sure that all lines from the growbeds flow into a single sump... but I'd like their answer to this as well!

gregg stephens: i wish our HomeDepot and Lowes had bulkhead fittings! :)

Bright Agrotech: Vishal is correct. Instead of lining everything up and having each element below the previous one, or using two pumps, we run a single pump system which means that the water is split. This means that some dirty water is returned to the fish, but the math works out. If we split our water 50-50 and cycle the entire volume once per hour and the end of 1 hour we're 50% filtered at 2h 75%, at 3h 87.5%, etc. Not exact but close.

Bright Agrotech: That is correct - It's gravity fed from the tanks to the sump.

Bright Agrotech: We're fortunate enough to live in a dry climate where it's not a problem. But, if you do live in an area where that's a problem, simply install a sump pump with a float valve in the well. Keep your inline pump up off the ground too. If it's a serious concern, you can waterproof the well (EDPM liner can be used to seal off the pump/tank pretty easily).

jack black: I idk if am just oblivious to the answer but am interested in starting an NFT aquaponics system i understand the importance of a sump tank but were would it go because the filtration will be done before it gets to the plant roots an i see in many systems it goes after the plant tubes...should it be just after the fish tank then go into the filters,then to the plants?

Sonny Smith: Thank you for all of your videos I find them very informitive and I thankful you have taken the time to make you see a need for or do you use a swirl filter?and if not why?

sregev74: why put the pump so low? if you will have a leak the hole thing will be submerged...

Bright Agrotech: Thanks, Ronald! Thanks for the kind words.

Bright Agrotech: Cool, if we can afford to we'll probably implement some of these things down the road.

GlobalTubeTruth: Thanks for answering my question. I think if you took advantage of the wind in your area, and used vertical axis wind turbines, and some inexpensive solar panels, coupled with a grid tie inverter, you could run your entire system with alternative energy. The system would pay for itself, and B.A.T. would be an ever bigger inspiration on a completely different level. Using the water in your AP system, you could even set up a water wheel, and incorporate hydro as well. Just a thought. Thanks!!

Bright Agrotech: Wouldn't recommend it..

Happy Heart Farms: Very informative and well done.

GlobalTubeTruth: With an aquaponic system of the size you're running, would it be practical to run the pumps, etc on solar, and, or wind, as an alternative energy source?? Have you ever considered doing that?? If so, why did you chose to run off the grid instead?? Just curious. Thank you for all the very informative, and educational videos. I appreciate you taking the time to shoot them, and explain your methods. It's an inspiration to many, and a service to all who have interest in this type of science.

Bright Agrotech: Correct - Everything goes into the sump before going to the towers (half of the sump water comes from the fish tanks and half comes from the returning tower water). It allows us to create a low point and have everything at ground level to make maintenance and harvest a snap!
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