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Old 04-14-2021, 06:09 PM
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when i was a kid there were flamingos on the beaches....i have not seen one in like 20 years
Silly! I'm in Kansas. I'm talking the plastic pink ones! Actually, I even have a few fancy metal ones here and there. Also some black and orange ones for Halloween. Because I'm just cool like that.
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Huh, I wonder why they don't allow you to collect water, seems a bit silly...
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Silly! I'm in Kansas. I'm talking the plastic pink ones! Actually, I even have a few fancy metal ones here and there. Also some black and orange ones for Halloween. Because I'm just cool like that.
Hey, you could have real flamingos in Kansas, you never know! After all there are a bunch of them, both the chilean and carribean species, that are often seen in the northern parts of the Netherlands and Germany, they even breed. And it sure isn't a tropical country! In my town we even had a couple of the flamingos stay a few days in the floodplains along the river.
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Huh, I wonder why they don't allow you to collect water, seems a bit silly...
The dumbest reason of all...aesthetics. They donít want a lot of people doing ugly diy raincatches. Sooooooo dumb
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The dumbest reason of all...aesthetics. They donít want a lot of people doing ugly diy raincatches. Sooooooo dumb
That's so dumb, just beyond dumb for words. I can understand that they can be quite ugly, but couldn't they just require that the raincatchers be made more visually esthetic? (nice fence or plants around it). In my allottment garden that I rent from the municipality, rain barrels are also forbidden due to them being ugly and the gardens are located in one of the prettiest nature areas in town. We are allowed to bury them however, or shield them from view using natural materials. I have my 200L bright blue barrels in the ground (though a pain to scoop water out with the watering can), and one neighbor has vines growing over his IBC.
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The algae growth is good for irrigation water. It prevents growth of harmful water molds. It provides nutrients to plants when used for irrigation. Algae-filled water is being used as organic fertilization on some Arizona farms. I would not paint the tanks.
Algae growth is OK if the water is going to be retrieved with a hose. But if it feeds into a sprinkler system, clogging is an issue. A little is OK but if it turns into a mat with loose stuff floating around, maybe not so great. My suspicion is that in the Floridian heat and humidity, algae will grow pretty weedily.

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I have my 200L bright blue barrels in the ground (though a pain to scoop water out with the watering can), and one neighbor has vines growing over his IBC.
Maybe a battery-powered or foot-operated pump to get the water? Would save your back.
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Fortunately for me, itíll be going right into a watering can. Maybe Iíll get ambitions for a hose one day but at24Ē off the ground....thatís barely a trickle
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Fortunately for me, itíll be going right into a watering can. Maybe Iíll get ambitions for a hose one day but at24Ē off the ground....thatís barely a trickle
You can get a small submersible pond pump for under $100, then connect a hose and away you go.

I found a Danner Pondmaster pump, 700 GPH (= 11-12 GPM), with dimensions 5"x3.8"x4.2"

Once you have a hose & nozzle attached, flow goes down, but 2-4 GPM is adequate for watering.
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I have a pond pump and I was all set to do something similar buuuut no AC on the side of the house. Itís like 85í to the nearest outlet and that is in front of the house, 200í to the one in the rear.

I was thinking about what it would take to make a solar rig

Panel, battery, inverter.....
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