Aquaponics Kit Installation Process
1) Set your tile and make sure it is level. Stack your tile to your desired height and then set your table on your tile making sure it is level. Also, make sure there is enough space for your pond to go underneath if you are putting your pond under your grow bed.
2) Place your grow bed on your table.
3) Set up your siphon by first putting the uniseal in the hole in the bottom of your grow bed. Next push your stand pipe through the top of the uniseal so that the top of your stand pipe is to the height of the bottom of the cap on the bell siphon. Then connect the rest of the drain from the bottom of the table by putting the 90 degree elbow onto the bottom of the stand pipe sticking through the grow bed and table. Once you get that through, center your gravel guard around the stand pipe and then weigh it down with one of the bags of cinder.
4) Fill the rest of your grow bed up with cinders to the height of the top of the stand pipe. A way to check if your cinders are high enough is to grab a water hose and fill your grow bed up with water to the top of the stand pipe. This will expose any low spots you have by showing a puddle wherever the low spots are. If you have puddles, level out the cinders or add more cinders in that area. The main thing is that when the water is to the top of the stand pipe, you don’t want to see it.
5) Rinse your cinders. The cinders are already rinsed and sifted but it’s lava cinder, so when you handle it there will be some black particulate. Rinse your cinders by shooting it from the top with the water hose and siphoning the water out by putting the bell siphon over the stand pipe while continuously shooting water. Do this until you feel the cinders are clean. Make sure the water is not draining into the fish pond so it may help to add your fish pond when the cinders are all washed.
6) Put your fish pond underneath your grow bed and fill your fish pond up with water. Make sure the grow bed has completely siphoned out all the water so that when the grow bed dumps, it doesn’t overflow your fish pond.
7) Put your pump and piping in the pond and trim the top piece of pipe if you need to. It may help to zip tie your piping to the lip of your grow bed.
8) Turn on your pump and make sure the siphon is working. If you have some, add the organic digester to the fish pond.
9) You’re now ready to add your fish and vegetables!
Bell Siphon Troubleshoot
Problem: Bell Siphon won't trigger, meaning the water in the grow bed just stays high and seems like it is overflowing out.
Solution: There's always two ways to fix the siphon. You can either adjust the flow of water going into the grow bed, or you can adjust the resistance of the drain pipe, where the water returns back to the pond. If you have this problem, you need to either increase the water flow into your grow bed to trigger the siphon, or increase the resistance going out through the drain pipe by turning the 45 degree elbow up, so there's more resistance and now the water can build up and then dump.
Problem: The bell siphon dumped, but the grow bed is not filling back up again, meaning the water in the grow bed is staying low and just keeps gurgling out of the drain pipe.
Solution: Again, there's always two ways to fix the siphon, by adjusting the flow of water going into the grow bed or the resistance going out through the drain pipe. If you encounter this problem, you should decrease the flow of water going into the grow bed so that the siphon can suck up enough air to break the seal, or decrease the resistance going out through the drain pipe by turning the 45 degree elbow on the end down so there's less resistance and now the water can drain faster so the siphon can suck up enough air to break the seal. Also, make sure your drain pipe isn't too long, because the longer the drain pipe the more resistance you will have, which might affect your siphon.