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    Thread: Bottom drain design

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      I use cone shaped tanks for settlement and never dump them. I have sump pumps suspended at the bottom of the cones and on timers to pump out just the waste that settles there several times a day combined with an automatic refill. Uses only a couple of gallons a day. This method creates a flow through of sorts and removes waste from the water column regularly, solving one of the criticisms about SCís. A flat bottomed tank would be way harder to clean and would use significantly more water.
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      That's a great system. Too bad a cone-shaped tank can't be bought for the price of an IBC Tote.

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      Quote Originally Posted by pickerel View Post
      That's a great system. Too bad a cone-shaped tank can't be bought for the price of an IBC Tote.
      That’s what I was thinking . Cone bottomed settling chambers occasionally show up Here for sale cheap, or even free

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      Quote Originally Posted by pickerel View Post
      That's a great system. Too bad a cone-shaped tank can't be bought for the price of an IBC Tote.
      True, but could be a savings over time if your water is pricey. Plus there is your time to consider and ease of maintenance.

      Quote Originally Posted by catfish whiskers View Post
      Thatís what I was thinking . Cone bottomed settling chambers occasionally show up Here for sale cheap, or even free

      Free would be good. I got this 150g fibreglass tank free from a fish hatchery that was updating their filtration.
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      Coming in late but you ask about a pre-filter before a S&G filter. Our S&G filters, 3 of them, are on the skimmer circuit. We just have bottle brushes and a medium Matala filter in the Atlantic (Bahama series) skimmer box. They catch a fair amount of stuff that would other wise be going through the pump and to the S&G's. The down side is that they are kind of a pain to clean compared to a sieve but at probably a third the cost. Just another thought.

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      Steve, appreciate all your help man! I can't start my build until March/April. I live in Iowa and it's about 10 degrees today. Trying to read up as much as possible. I'm sure I'll have alot more questions when I get close to the dig!

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      Thanks, I wondered if there was any other option than a
      settlement tank. How big is your pond?

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      Our pond is 4000 gallons. Cleaning our 3 S&G filters also doubles as a weekly water change. When they are really dirty they drop the pond level several inches.

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      Quote Originally Posted by lwg001 View Post
      Thanks, I wondered if there was any other option than a
      settlement tank. How big is your pond?
      Another option beside a settlement chamber, but imo best used where well or non chlorinated water
      is available since it is removed and added 24/7 365 days a year:

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