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There are so many ways plumbing aquaculture tanks to make improvements on their ability to remove solids and provide an homogeneous mix of water and all of them will work to different degrees.  The primary consideration for plumbing in any size or shape tank used tor the culture of fish is; will the method remove all the solid waste quickly and efficiently.  The above image shows this particular design in use. [heading] Tips for Plumbing Aquaculture Tanks [/heading] When you consider up to 35% of the feed you put in a fish tank will end up as solid waste in one form or another depending on your feed management and efficiency.  When the solids are left in the fish tank, they dissolve into smaller particles that become more and more difficult to remove from the water.  So the best idea is to remove them from the water when they are at their biggest which is as soon as the waste is produced. Center draining specifically designed tanks make plumbing aquaculture tanks easy and solids removal from the tank very simple.   Often these tanks are not available locally which increases the cost of supply dramatically because you have to transport huge swimming pools around the country.  They need some form of base to sit up on which reduces the production per square meter or the working height of the tanks is much higher in commercial systems and that increases the cost one way or another. This is not to say specifically designed aquaculture tanks are not great, they are.  Though you can make a tank on site to the size you need removing the freight costs and increasing space efficiency or most tank manufacturers produce flat bottom tanks that are suitable, especially using this technique for plumbing aquaculture tanks.  Which one you go for is entirely up to you. We use both internal and external plumbing in the custom tanks we build, other flat bottom tanks and we even use internal plumbing in purpose-built conical, center draining aquaculture tanks.  However the conical bottom is not necessary. In larger tanks the internal plumbing has a primary benefit to external plumbing; they will lift morts (dead fish) out of the culture tank to where they are easily reached and removed.   On smaller tanks it is not entirely necessary but handy if you know how to do it especially if you are using animal watering tanks as an aquaculture tank in your backyard or other similarly flat-bottomed tanks.  Often this type is called a SLO (solids lifting outlet) which are great for the backyard enthusiast. Below is the parts list and diagram on how to put the internal plumbing into action.  All of the pipes and connections are changeable to suit your application though one tip is, do not glue the elbow inside the tank as it makes the internal tray removable so you can clean it and if your outlet through the tank wall is low enough, you can use it as a harvest drain or treatment.  The tank pictured is a 2000 liter tank to give you an idea of pipe size to scale.    …

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