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Old 01-08-2014, 03:38 PM   #16
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I just reread where you mentioned that you have no outlets for power but there is a hole for airline tubing. You can easily cut the plug end from a water pump ,run the wire through the same hole, rewire/tape the plug end back on and plug it into your inside socket.
Except running non-plenum-rated power lines through exterior walls (or interior walls, even) is a MAJOR fire code violation. If there's ever a fire, and your insurance company discovers this was done, instant policy cancellation.

That said, most apartment owners would be willing to allow a licensed electrician to install a real, to code, exterior power outlet. Should be possible to hire an electrician to do this for under $100, possibly less depending on where you live (NYC is probably going to cost more than Hayes, Kansas).

Sounds like it's probably not necessary, given the existing setup seems to be working, but if the OP decides more flexibility would help, that may very well be a good option to look into.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:34 PM   #17
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Except running non-plenum-rated power lines through exterior walls (or interior walls, even) is a MAJOR fire code violation. If there's ever a fire, and your insurance company discovers this was done, instant policy cancellation.

That said, most apartment owners would be willing to allow a licensed electrician to install a real, to code, exterior power outlet. Should be possible to hire an electrician to do this for under $100, possibly less depending on where you live (NYC is probably going to cost more than Hayes, Kansas).

Sounds like it's probably not necessary, given the existing setup seems to be working, but if the OP decides more flexibility would help, that may very well be a good option to look into.
Yeah I'm pretty sure it would be a violation, even if it isn't I wouldn't feel safe doing it. I would love to be able to install an outlet on the balcony, but technically the balcony isn't part of our property so we can't do anything to the outside wall.


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raised the planter and modified the airlift system to pump into the planter instead of out. This way I can run a pipe from the bottom of the tank to get more lift and flow. Also with the planter raised the goldfish have much more room to swim and hide now.
also changed out the disposable sponge pad in the air filter for a washable sponge pad..so now part of the filter is having to cycle again and there are some nitrites. At least I know that the filter was working.


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Old 01-08-2014, 06:01 PM   #18
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Awesome
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:03 AM   #19
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update..

added a bog filter and more plants

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veggies are growing fairly well for indoors

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Looking good!
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:23 AM   #21
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Very nice. Why the rocks under the bog output? Quiet down the splash? Liking bog filtration more and more. If things go right, I'll soon have one too in my little pond.


How many goldfish do you have in there? Sarasa comet? Pic?
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:05 PM   #22
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No real reason for the rocks. Just had them laying around so I thought I'd put them to use. It's actually a little quieter with out the rocks. It's on a shelf so fish can still swim under it.


Best pick I could take with my phone camera. The orange guy has a single tail and the other 2 have double tails. They were just labeled as plain goldfish when I bought them so maybe just random mixed breeds. I also have some small local river fish I there too.

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Old 02-01-2014, 07:21 PM   #23
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the 2 double tails are Wakin and the orange one is either a common or a sarasa (orange/red and white coloring)


Interesting. This may be the reason why they was sold as a common goldfish

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The Japanese use the term "Wakin" to describe all Common goldfish. This causes some confusion in the United States, because the word "Wakin" is used to denote single-tailed Common Goldfish in Japan as well...they use the word to refer to both types of fish. But in America, it specifically refers to the split-tailed fish.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:26 PM   #24
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Very cool. Interesting filtration.
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Thats good Hydroponics ! i'd be more intrested in knowin how fast the veggies would grow. Very creative job.
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