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Siphon Clog by Roots

My Flood and drain rock based Aquaponics system has operated flawlessly for over a year.

Recently I noticed that one grow bed was full of water and another draining slow.

Growbed Flooded

Growbed Flooded

 

When I investigated the drains in the sump I discovered that the roots from the tomato and zucchini plants had clogged the siphon drain pipes.

Siphon Root Clog 2

Siphon Root Clog 2

 

I was amazed. The roots had to grow through the rock, 1/4″ holes in the siphon filter / protector 4″ PVC pipe, up over and down through the siphon and through the 18″ long 1&1/2″ drain pipes. The roots were hanging out the end of the drain pipes.

Siphon Root Clog

Siphon Root Clog

 

Just goes to show you what a good design this siphon is. It was still working even though it was full of roots!

Roots clogging drain

Roots clogging drain

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