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Posted By: DannyMac Sampling water at depth - 02/25/21 02:53 PM
Looking to buy or make a sampler to capture samples of water below the surface, say down to eight feet deep or more. I bought a dissolved oxygen chemical based measuring kit; it seems to work quite well and is cheap in comparison to direct read systems. Also playing around with a small nano bubble diffuser in a small koi pond. In the big pond (1/10 acre lol), regular aerator diffusers are at six feet depth but the pond's deepest is eight feet. I understand that diffusers don't pump water from the deeper areas (?); I suppose because the deeper water may be cooler and more dense. I haven't tried sampling at depth yet. I see samplers on Amazon and industrial supply sites that cost hundreds, but the dipper design for sampling is not obvious.
DIY: Perhaps a 1/2 inch stick of pvc, stopper one end to hold air, un-stopper at depth, fill with water from the deep, re-stopper and pull up. Or a tube section with flappers at each end, both open going down, then closing to seal the sample when pulling up.
Any suggestions, designs, recommendations will be appreciated!
Posted By: KenHorton Re: Sampling water at depth - 02/25/21 11:03 PM
I struggled with the same problem last year. How to test for dissolved oxygen at various depths in my pond, except my pond is about 15' deep at the deepest point. I bought a very small battery powered submersible pump. Connected approximately 20 foot of small diameter plastic tubing and 2 conductor 18 or 20 gauge wire to the pump. I simply lower the pump to the desired depth, connect the battery terminals to the pump wiring, let the pump run a short while until I am sure that all of the water output is from the required depth and fill a plastic bottle with the desired water sample. I then take the water bottles that were taken at various depths from 1 to 15 feet back to my cabin for analysis. The test results have so far been very informative. I would estimate the total cost of my sampling system to be no more than $50.
Posted By: DannyMac Re: Sampling water at depth - 02/26/21 12:41 AM
Doggone if you don't have the greatest solution in my mind! I have a twelve volt water pump. And you only need a foot or two of pump head above the surface. Should be easy! Thank you!
Posted By: esshup Re: Sampling water at depth - 02/26/21 03:06 PM
Here is another way:

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