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    Thread: Birdman's Sand/Gravel Filter

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremydmeyer76 View Post
      I'm about to set my barrels up and was wondering how much water these typically use during the flush process? I'm putting them in an area where I don't really have much room for a large drain pipe so I'm thinking about digging a pit below the barrels and filling it with gravel and letting the barrels drain directly into the pit.

      My pit will hold around 200 gallons and my soil drains very well so I think it would work using this method.



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      For my setup, I simply use a length of corrugated plastic drain pipe that I bring out only when i am cleaning the S+G . This directs the drain water out to the lawn and away from the filter area. I also use this approach if I want to do a water change on the pond- simply use the waste port on the filter and let the water run out for as long as you want . You probably couldn't do this if you dumped your waste to a pit under the barrel. I might also be worried about the smell if all your waste is going in a small area . I would think the gravel would get dirty and clogged pretty quickly, since the waste water is pretty nasty.

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      I've considered doing that but the only place to run it is right on my property line and I'm trying to not dump it on my neighbors yard. This is why I'm thinking about just letting it dump into the pit.

      I guess how fast it clogs would depend on the size of gravel used. I would be using 1-1/2-2 inch clean roadstone which seems like it would be difficult to clog up.

      As far as the smell...I don't know about that. The area I use to discharge my pondwater and backfeed pressure filters doesn't smell.

      I'm not saying there could eventually be a smell but it's not really in an area where I hangout in.

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      Sorry if this has been asked, I tried to find the answer elsewhere and Im only on page 32 of this thread, but does anyone know if pool filter sand would be an OK sand grade?

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      Pool sand is generally too small and will fluidize or clog up (channelize) too easily. There are several discussions in the forum on what grits and materials will work. I have used #1 Cherry Stone Poultry Grit. There are also equivalent roofing grit or blasting grit that will work as well. Cherry Stone products are pretty widely available at feed stores. It can even be ordered from Amazon. I think i used about one and a half 50lb bags when I made my 55gal drum S/G filter.

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      Quote Originally Posted by El Padre View Post
      Sorry if this has been asked, I tried to find the answer elsewhere and Im only on page 32 of this thread, but does anyone know if pool filter sand would be an OK sand grade?
      This is #1 grade Cherry Stone Poultry grit and is as small as you want to go.

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      Appreciate the reply. I had a hard time finding chicken grit but finally found some at Tractor Supply, so Im good to go

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