Rain Down On Me


One of the last things to build and test with all the water stuff, was rain. So I added a small installation with sprinklers that get fed directly from the tap water.



Rain Down On Me

The rain installation is controlled electronically (duh!). On the WaterWorks under the paludarium, I have one electromagnetic valve that can be opened to feed the rain installation:

The magnetic valves on the WaterWorks. The one on the left controls the osmosis filter, the center one inputs tap water into the aquatic part, and the rightmost has now been connected with a thin black tube to allow for rainfall.

The magnetic valves on the WaterWorks. The one on the left controls the osmosis filter, the center one inputs tap water into the aquatic part, and the rightmost has now been connected with a thin black tube to allow for rainfall.

The valve on the right has now been connected as well with a thin black tube. This tube is fed upwards, and enters the paludarium through a cut off edge in the rear glass panel. Once inside, it is split into two:

Rain tube entering the paludarium. Once inside the tube is split up (note the white splitter)

Rain tube entering the paludarium. Once inside the tube is split up (note the white splitter)

The splitter shown in more detail:

A clearer view of the splitter. Here you can clearly see the black tube entering the paludarium (you are looking at the ceiling) then splitting into two tubes that run to the left side of the paludarium.

A clearer view of the splitter. Here you can clearly see the black tube entering the paludarium (you are looking at the ceiling) then splitting into two tubes that run to the left side of the paludarium.

The two tubes run from right to left. The one in the rear carries four sprinklers that almost mist the water. They are the primary sources for rainfall onto the plants that will grow on the background. The second tube runs across the front. For now it only has two spinklers, that shoot out a wall of water under a 90 degree angle, so they shoot water to the other side of the paludarium all the way through to the back, without shooting outside (hopefully 😉 ):

The entire rain tubes. Entering at the right of the picture, then splitting up to form two tubes running from right to left.

The entire rain tubes. Entering at the right of the picture, then splitting up to form two tubes running from right to left.

Fully powered by water pressure from the tap, there is only a click to activate the magnetic valve. Then there is just the sound of spraying… No more noisy pumps to build water pressure. That is the upside. The downside is that I now pump tap water directly into the paludarium. Maybe I’ll add a container sometime that will allow the tap water to reach room temperature before it is sprayed inside. I’ll have to see how much the rain influences the air temperature when it rains down, and decide from there whether I need to add some stuff or not.

2 Responses to Rain Down On Me

  1. i would like to buy a micro sprinkler kit for my 1ft cube pauladarium setup

    • Hi Nathen,

      I think you could either buy a dedicated set fir that, or do a DIY; I built these myself using a fuel pump that is normally used to refuel model r/c aircraft. These pumps are small and deliver enough pressure to power a micro sprayer. The micro sprayers I bought from a store directly, the brand is Gardena (they also have a lot of garden equipment and a line of micro drippers/sprinklers).

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