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Trickle Filter Tanning

Discussion in 'Training' started by MrThugsBunny, Jul 17, 2022.

  1. MrThugsBunny

    MrThugsBunny New Member

    Has anyone tried to use a trickle filter, for moving water while tanning? I have wondered if a setup like this, would help with keeping the water agitated enough to help the tanning process. I used to build my own trickle filters, for a bait shop I ran, and if built right, it can really move some water and keep the water moving. I get the concept of a wet barrel, the hides are consistently being moved. The filtering would only be moving water, keeping it stirred. I'm not looking for a faster way to tan, but just maybe get a better overall tan, and not have to stir with a paddle. The one thing I was concerned of is when the water drops back into the tank, it picks up lots of oxygen, that is why it's such a great thing for large fish tanks, it creates top water movement, gives more oxygen to fish, and when used with a porus filter media it creates beneficial bacteria. My thought is not to add the media, I'm just using the method to created like a waterfall, so the water, just constantly cycle from the pickle tank, up through a tube, and pours back in tank, creating constant water movement. I hope I don't get slammed for this, or laughed at. I'm just curious if anyone thinks it would be helpful.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    It’s probably been tried and as you see no one really commented cause it might be a failed attempt.
    Flowing waters might not do a thing cause it’s the skins that need a heavier agitation hence why we use tumblers and large vats with paddles to keep the skins moving and not the water.
    I always kind of say this, if you do what tanneries do then your success rate will be high trying to change what’s been pretty much perfected is a thought that wouldn’t try. Tanneries have been tanning for centuries and are a bit more educated than most of us when it comes to how to tan properly. It’s a great thought.
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  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    salts and acids are probably way too corrosive to work with what you are thinking and like Frank says, its the hides that need to be agitated so that spots that are folded against each other get equally flooded with pickle or tan. Some have said that pressure tanners don't do much with the pressure it is the constant agitation that speeds up the process.