Posted on Tuesday Jul 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Sorry it took me so long to get this done. Strangely enough, Dad and I decided to start the tank up again after going fishing on Saturday. We drove 2.5hrs to fish and then spent 6 hrs catching bait. It was kind of a bummer and we decided to get the home tank running again so that we can start taking some with us.
First off, we started with a Little Debbie honey tank that we picked up from Ed Wampler. The only reason I mention this is because it had a bung on the bottom that we utilized for an outlet Attachments #3 and #4. ( I can't figure out how to rotate them, and they are out of order, but hopefully you get the idea)
So, we used a male insert and coupled that to a ball valve, attached a elbow, about a 3' piece of pvc, another elbow. Next, we used a Rubbermaid tub, put a pond pump from Lowe's in the bottom, put a piece of wire shelving on top of three larger rocks and put two bags of lava rocks for the grill on top of the shelving. I got the idea for all of this from studying my old sunshine bait tank that I bought off of Ed Wampler. As the pond pump puts water back in the tank, atmospheric pressure forces water back up the pipe and it drains into the Rubbermaid tub. The lava rock is a great habitat for the bacteria and the water flushing over it outgasses ammonia as well. It actually works really well. (attachments #1, #2, #5.)
Sorry if this isn't real clear, but if you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.