After the decoupage dried my brother and I got together again and started to hook up the airlift watering system. As I mentioned in part 1, we did a bit of improvising with the tubing sizes. After trying various configurations we decided that the tubing was too cramped and we needed to try something else. We consulted this helpful airlift troubleshooting guide and decided to get hard acrylic tubing to replace the flexible tubing we were using. Things were looking up, but we were still having issues with the airlift. We were getting an initial splash up the tube, then occasional spluttering, but very little water (usually none) actually made it all the way to the top. We eventually figured out that the problem was too much air. I unplugged one of the two tubes coming from the pump and, well, see for your self:
Now that we’ve got this thing up and running, the next step will be to actually put plants in there. If anyone’s interested in seeing this bad boy in person, we’ll be showing it off at Pumping Station: One’s birthday party next Saturday. See you there!