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Inline pump filter for aero?

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by Alaric, Apr 26, 2015.

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    Alaric

    Alaric Well-Known Member

    Application (madness):

    44 gallon industrial garbage can with lid and casters (roll around).

    1/10 hp iwaki external pump.

    Garbage can lid configured with slots and trellis to accommodate 4 or 6 plants.

    Sprayline/s mounted near top of can (inside).

    Need easy access to filter (cleaning).

    Anyone have any suggestions from experience?

    A~~~
     
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    WeedFreak78

    WeedFreak78 Well-Known Member

    I don't have experience, but I'd consider running a line from the pump up to the top of the barrel, out the side of the barrel through a bulkhead fitting or a grommet, mount the filter,then back inside the barrel to the spray lines. Might have a few more potential leak spots, nothing some silicone couldn't take care of, but the filter would be easy to access. I bought some filters for my system and think I'm going to mount them similar to this, I was originally going to hang them right on the pump, but they are friggan huge..lol this is the style i got 3/4" in/out..way too big considering all my lines are 1/2 and 1/4..I wanted extra capacity so wasn't worried about clogging..

    [​IMG]
     
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    Alaric

    Alaric Well-Known Member

    WeedFreak, thanks for your reply.

    3/4" i/o is perfect for what I have in mind.

    I've searched for inline filters but didn't see that one-----any links with specs (dimensions)?

    Thanks again,

    A~~~
     
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    WeedFreak78

    WeedFreak78 Well-Known Member

    This is where i got most of my stuff, they have a selection of different filters. I bought most of my pvc fittings through them also..it was cheaper even with the shipping than going down the street to home depot. They have a great selection of irrigation products in general.

    http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com/Irrigation-Water-Filters-s/27.htm
     
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    Atomizer

    Atomizer Well-Known Member

    I`d fit a large bore bottom drain (pond type) and use an elbow to extend the horizontal pipe past the side of the garbage can. Fit a tee with a section of horizontal pipe terminated in a shutoff valve and a section of vertical pipe at least as high as the garbage can. The bottom drain will remove all the debris from the can. Heavier crap/debris collects in the bottom pipe due to gravity, it can be periodically flushed from the system via the shutoff valve. The pump will get relatively clean nutes from the vertical pipe but you can use a shutoff valve and stainless mesh partical filter.(200 mesh) for an extra polish.
     
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    Alaric

    Alaric Well-Known Member

    Wow------lots of fun toys to play with. I love finding suppliers like that. Another one I use is AquaticEcoSystems-----free catalog with lots of tech info and conversion charts.

    A~~~
     
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    Alaric

    Alaric Well-Known Member

    Atomizer,

    Thanks for the suggestion----having a hard time visualizing it. Does the vertical pipe go inside the can? I assume the stainless filter is inside the can?

    I haven't decided on the nute delivery method yet-----but I've always wanted to run "true aero" (roots suspended fed with a mist).

    A~~~
     
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    Atomizer

    Atomizer Well-Known Member

    Outside the can. Works the same as a bottom drain on a pond, it removes crap from the floor and uses slow flow and gravity to leave it behind in the lower pipe. The return pump takes the relatively clean water from the vertical pipe.
    Kind of like this, except the filter would be an inline and the pump wouldnt be submerged.
    [​IMG]
    I dont use any inline filters, i pass the nutes through a 1 micron bag filter (just for the sake of it) and fire them directly into the tank. I use drain to waste so nothing comes back. Recently added a small 80gal aero chamber to my outdoor collection.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015
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    Alaric

    Alaric Well-Known Member

    sketch.jpg
    Thanks Atomizer for that sketch and video.

    This what I'm thinking:

    Plants are put in at an angle and the limbs are trained into a trellis (canopy training).

    The two valves in the filter line are to trap water when cleaning the filter.

    Biggest concern is how often filter cleaning is required.

    A~~~
     
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    Atomizer

    Atomizer Well-Known Member

    That will depend on how much/what kind of crap is pulled into the filter by the pump :) If there`s enough system pressure you can use a pressure gauge to monitor the state of play in the filter.
    Tip: i`d install a shunt around the filter so you can bypass it for dumping the nutes
     
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    deanpegal

    deanpegal New Member

    won't do it by yourself, go get a professional help. you can ruin its functioning
     

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