The FLOUT® Family of Siphon Alternatives. 1, 2, and 3 inch FLOUT® Floating Outlets designed to automatically quickly flush a tank after the level reaches the desired height no matter how slow the inflow might be. As long as the inflow to the tank/bed is slower than the max flow out of the FLOUT® and through the pipes, the FLOUT® will drain the tank no matter how slow the inflow is. Far more clock work than siphons. Can be used to replace the siphon/bottle flapper valve of a barrel system (no more fishing leaders to break or bottles to clog or flappers to break.) 1″ FLOUT® can be installed directly in grow beds to flood and drain constant inflow beds. 2″ FLOUT® makes a perfect flush tank valve. 3″ FLOUT® is probably a bit large for most average Aquaponics applications but may be appropriate to drain a combined bank of grow beds automatically or for some other specialized applications.
Currently FLOUT® ships by USPS though we are looking at UPS as well so make sure your paypal address can handle either one, or leave me notes about shipping when you check out.
1 inch FLOUT®
starting at $60
shipping $14.95 (let me know if you will be buying more than one, I can probably discount the shipping on multiples of these but the paypal shipping calculator isn’t making it easy so I’ll have to do it on an individual basis)
With the 1 inch FLOUT® starting at $60 it is priced to compete with more problematic siphon kits. The FLOUT® does take a little more space in a grow bed but it will be far more reliable. Especially if you are cutting it a little close on heights to get enough fall to let the siphons work easy. As long as the water gets to drain to the bottom of the grow bed, the FLOUT® will re-float.
No, sorry the FLOUT® still won’t make water go up hill.
Starting at $90
A good option for flush tanks or large deeper grow beds or for doing fast flood of grow beds and allowing them to drain more slowly. I think the 2″ FLOUT® are going to be very useful for many applications in aquaponics and I’m so excited to finally get to offer them.
I’ve been waiting for over a year to start selling these.
The Big daddy of them all,
The Original 3 inch FLOUT®.
NOT to be installed in the fish tank without a cage to protect small fish from being sucked away!!! Well, installing a FLOUT® in a fish tank would require a shelf to keep the FLOUT® from dropping past horizontal so not really recommended anyway.
Starting at $125
The three inch FLOUT® are big. They will release a deluge of water that if directed into a gravel bed will really shift the gravel. These are not designed for flooding a 50 gallon tank or two they are for emptying a large tank fast. Like for dosing a leach field. Or perhaps sending the gray water out to the mulch pits or perhaps if the header tank is up high enough, they might even be of use for driving a gravity modified indexing valve, but this is definitely an advanced application and we need to talk if that is what you want to try since there are specifics to making it all work right.
Video of a 3″ FLOUT® in action.
The FLOUT® Family is the newest addition to the Aquaponic Lynx product list. Please welcome our new family.
FLOUT® were originally developed to solve siphon problems in septic system drain field dosing. This is where the large FLOUT® come from. Last spring I was attempting to use a 3″ FLOUT® to feed a gravity modified aquaponics indexing valve after my automatic low pressure valve electronics got a bug. Unfortunately my set up didn’t quite have the height I needed to make it work. For more on that topic please see the blog post.
A siphon won’t operate an indexing valve (at least not without a huge amount of height to work with) but I still have hopes that I might some day manage an indexing valve with a FLOUT®. As a siphon alternative they are great and there will also be a FLOUT HOUSE gravel guard available for them soon too.