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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:58 pm 
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Hi All,

Just wanted to ask if any of you know of a self cleaning trough for waterfowl?

I'm thinking of something with a auto fill and a bell siphon above the fill line, then a secondary inlet with a high pressure sprinkler head type sprayer set up to a timer. So when the timer is triggered for say 15 minutes once a day it will cause the bell siphon to remove the water and deliver it to say, the garden or something, then refill back to the normal level. The spray should be located near the bottom so it sprays along the bottom towards the siphon entry. Thinking it should flush and fill twice per cycle to make sure all the crap ducks / geese put in there it thoroughly flushed (but this could be adjusted with the timer).

I have the skills to design and make this, just not the desire or time at the moment :P I would rather just throw some money at the problem. With the days getting hotter in Ballarat I want to ensure that my feathered friends have access to clean cool water during the day :)

So if anyone has seen something like this please let me know!

Cheers,

Ken.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:02 pm 
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If you find something can you let me know to :D i am desperately after something like that for my geese!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:54 am 
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Here is my as yet unbuilt idea that just uses a simple battery operated tap timer to initiate the flush.

Its not the pre-built solution you want kenour (good luck with finding a commercial solution!)... but is pretty simple and doesnt rely on pumps.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:18 pm 
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Yeah that's pretty much what I'm thinking, except a bell siphon would be simpler and kick in at a specific level. Also with the spray pushing gunk towards the siphon inlet, you would get a better clean. I'll draw something up... Looks like I'm going to have to whack something together! *SIGH!* :P

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:44 pm 
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Ok... so I spent a couple of hours today and made it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVxgQlN_UCM

Just gotta put the timer on it tomorrow. It flushes as soon as the water level gets about to siphon level. That's the beauty with a bell siphon, it's triggered by the level change.

Ignore what I'm saying, that's for the benefit of my aquaponics mates :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:34 pm 
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You might find this thread interesting too:

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=7960535&hilit=hydroponic+duck

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:00 am 
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This is my system I made a couple of years back :)

http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum ... &sk=t&sd=a

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:42 am 
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Wow...small world!

I found another thread which might give some ideas too:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=4273

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