I have a frame made up of 1 1/2 PVC pipe that is in the shape of a U.
The 2 short legs are approx 12 feet in length, and the long side is
20 feet. It is a total of 4 feet high. There are vertical supports
that support the bottom portion of the frame as well as the top so
there is approximately 160 feet of PVC pipe in this frame all
connected with glue joints and typical PVC pipe fittings. Its purpose
is to enclose a section of my larger pond so I can keep my KOI and
Goldfish safe from the bass that are in the pond. Currently I have a
much smaller enclosure. ANyways we have a pump (typical 1" HF clear
water pump) that we use to push a fountain head, as well as two
outlets for a water fall and bubbler.. Instead of running water lines
from the pump on the pond bottom as they are run now I was thinking of
usiing the frame made of PVC pipe as a sort of manifold. . Will I
loose performance or would it be about the same.........I owuld think
once the frame is full it would be no different than if it was just a
regular run of pipe, and where it would tap in to feed the frame from
the pump the runs would actually be shorter to the fountain head and
such. Good idea or bad. None of the devices that are pushed by the
pump are high flow, and all are controlled by ball valves, which for
the most part are closed pretty well down so the pump has pretty good
pressure. Just how will the water in the frame act, since it would
only have 3 or so tap offs to power I would not assume every piece of
pipe would actually flow water........
Also if a pump is rated at being able to pull water from a max of 10'
, if I was to submerge a pipe used for suction 50 feet out into the
water so I could pull coldder water from the middle of the pond, but
the pnd itself is within 5 feet of this pump and thats where water
would flow to in the suctioin pipe normally without the pump
running, would I be pulling 50 feet of watr or would I only be pulling
5 feet, and do you think this extra length even thoughi ts vertical in
the water and always full would drastically affect the pump
performance? I know that there is more friction but atmospheric
pressure is also going to help somewhat I would think.
Any suggestions appreciated.
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- posted 17 years ago