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I have been running a vertex system (compressor and three diffusers in two ponds) for 14 years with no maintenance and no trouble.


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Theo,
Can I just put the compressor in barn and run say a 1 inch PVC line 350ft to the waters edge and then split it off at a manifold to 2 or 3 diffuser set ups on 1/2 or 5/8 weighted airline. probably cost less than running 230v and buying a cabinet for compressor etc. Also how loud is a 1/2hp rocking piston compressor compared to say a lg garage air compressor?

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Originally Posted by buck dog
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Can I just put the compressor in barn and run say a 1 inch PVC line 350ft to the waters edge and then split it off at a manifold to 2 or 3 diffuser set ups on 1/2 or 5/8 weighted airline.
Yes. I run air a little over 600 feet to one pond (from a shed at the other pond) through 1" black plastic water line, and then select the deep water (Summer) or shallow water (Winter) outlet with 1" ball valves in a manifold clearly assembled by the Son/Grandson of plumbers. I switch from the 1" line to weighted airlines just inside the pond's shoreline.

I would ensure that the location in the barn was dust/dirt/vermin free (say with a sealed cabinet with filtered air input, if necessary).

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Also how loud is a 1/2hp rocking piston compressor compared to say a lg garage air compressor?
I believe my aeration compressor is quieter than my tire compressor. (A cabinet with sound insulation would help that.)


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Originally Posted by buck dog
Ok esshup,
so I am stuck with rocking piston 1/2 hp compressor it seems. So does anyone have experience and advice on who makes the longest lasting trouble free??? Matala? Gast? Vertex? or are they all about the same Chinese crap last 3-5yrs and will need rebuild every 12-18 mos? Yes I know I have to keep it as cool as possible and watch the intake filter, etc to prolong the life.
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If noise of a rocking piston is a concern in the garage in Indiana consider running the pump only at night. With your plan of diffusers and water depth running the pump 6-8 hours a night should be very adequate for turning over the deep water basin of your 1.2 acres. Consider upgrading from a 1/3 or 1/2hp to a 3/4hp that will provide more air volume and faster turnover.


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Originally Posted by Bill Cody
If noise of a rocking piston is a concern in the garage in Indiana consider running the pump only at night. With your plan of diffusers and water depth running the pump 6-8 hours a night should be very adequate for turning over the deep water basin of your 1.2 acres. Consider upgrading from a 1/3 or 1/2hp to a 3/4hp that will provide more air volume and faster turnover.

Or build a cabinet and put sound deadening foam in it. Remember to put a fan in there that will suck fresh air through the cabinet to keep it cool. A cabinet with sound deadening foam is no louder than someone talking dB wise.


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Bill, thanks for the info I was definetly considering going with 3/4 hp. the pump will be on the cement floor in corned of nice clean pole barn. if I think it is turning the place into a echo chamber I will build a case around it. I have a bunch of ventilated sofit boards I was thinking of using? where can one get a proper fan that will do the job and last at least a yr?
do i need a fan on it if I dont enclose it??

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esshup,
thank you for the heads up on thomas compressors and insulation board for sound.
I am waiting on a fellow to get back from killing all the deer in the woods to get with me on plan and prices for stuff i will need.

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Anytime. If you build an enclosure, it's better to have one entrance and a few exits on the opposite side so the fan blows air over the compressor. If the compressor is not in an enclosure, you don't really need a fan. You can help with some of the noise by putting it on rubber feet or on a piece of horse stall mat.


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