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31st January 2012, 10:01
I have installed a CHOP 2 system with plumbing kit purchased from the aquaponicsstore. Two of the 3 GB siphons work great but the third one only drains about 4 inches and then the siphon breaks. I have tried a shorter pipe inside the bell and that solves the problem except that now the GB only fills about half full. I have also tried putting a slight downward angle on the drain pipe but that has no effect. Any suggestions?
31st January 2012, 13:22
Have you tried venting the siphon. It's the plumbing principle of air behind water.
Any support from the aquaponics store?
31st January 2012, 13:24
It's got to be breathing air from somewhere...if the siphon starts ok??....you could try upping the water flow rate a little.
Let us know how you go.
31st January 2012, 14:04
I'll look into the venting issue and yes the aquaponics store has been great and are working on the problem but at this point are stumped.
31st January 2012, 14:06
The siphon starts with no problem. I'll try increasing the flow rate and see what happens.
1st February 2012, 04:04
OK, I found the problem. There is a small crack in the lid on the bell. I switched bells and everything works fine. Thanks for the help.
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