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DIY : 24/7 New Water Drip System-discussion thread

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  1. msjinkzd

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    #1 msjinkzd, Jun 25, 2008
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    I knew I had seen this thread before. It took me a while to find it.

    Here is my question.

    Is the overflow the only thing keeping water from over flowing? Is there a back up system if the overflow clogs?

    I want to run something like this, but just run striaght from my water line (I have a well) thru an inline heater, into my tank and then have two over-flows. I really don't think I need to age the water in a barrel and would skip that step. I would use a line like for an ice maker and would have it so it would add 10% - 15% daily. I would have the overflows run outside.

    I can get water into the tank, it is getting it out that is my concern. Maybe I could have some sort of float switch and a submerged pump incase of high level, but if it is not needed and the overflows handle it then I will be fine.

    Do the over flows fail? Does this system have a fail safe if the over flows fail?
     
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    And how is this set-up working out? Any issues?
     
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    there are many ways to overflowing... nothing is fail safe.. which is why we do maintenance on them when you clean your tank...

    the only problem i have is the air bubbble breaking the siphon.
     
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    I think I am going to go for it. I will post pictures once done.

    My plan is to have two overflows. I will have a valve (which I can use to adjust flow also) and just run it while someone is home. I will be sure to have the heater on some sort of switch. Maybe I can run it all of the time once I gain confidence in the dual overflows.

    I will still be doing substrate cleaning, but maybe not as much and at that point I will inspect and clean the overflows. I will have to keep an eye on air bubbles in the overflow. Since I am not using the overflow to filter the water, I think I can run this without a sponge in the overflow. Lots depend on the noise it makes. I will measure the outbound water to figure out my gph. I will still run some sort of fitration, most likely canisters.

    Since I am on a well I don't plan on treating the water.

    It will be like this:

    Well Water -> Valve -> Heater -> Tank -> Overflows -> Flowerbed
     
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    That sounds like quite the project. Can't wait to see the progress and pics.
     

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