Nov 15, 2015 - Float Geeks Podcast

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Float Geeks Podcast

Recently a friend and myself have started a podcast. It’s called Float Geeks which is a podcast all about floating. The whole idea is to interview and chat with people across the industry and really dive deep into why float tanks are so awesome. We touch on how to hack float tanks, what happens inside the tank, research around floating, and more.

You can see all of the episodes on: https://floatgeeks.io

Also we are on iTunes and Stitcher.

Here is the first episode to give you a taste of what to expect in the future.



Oct 18, 2015 - Custom Filtration System For The Zen Float tent

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I’ve recently written a blog post about my initial thoughts of the Zen Float Tent here. Like I have mentioned in this post I setup a custom filtration system to support the pump that came with the tent. This post is dedicated to help you setup your own custom filtration system for the Zen Float Tent.

Parts list

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Type of filter

For this specific setup I used an Intex pump which can be purchased from Amazon.

Setting the piping up

All of these parts can be purchased from Lowe’s for under $100 (not including the pump). Once you have all of the parts it is best to start with the tubing that came with the Intex pump and hook in the adapter which will screw on snugly (Image 3-4). You will need a rubber grommet to seal the gap between the adapter and the Intex tube(Image 3). This will prevent the water from leaking out. Once that connection is secure you can figure out where you would like your tubes to enter the tent. For my setup I had the PVC tubes enter the tent from the back close to the pump that came with the tent. This makes it easy to access since it is near a corner of the tent.

You will need to calculate how long you would like the PVC tubes to be in order to go inside of the tent and what angles you would like. Depending on how you want the tubes to enter the tent and if you are using a spill berm or not this may vary. I would recommend using a tape measure before you start cutting to get a sense of how long the tubes will need to be. The images above will give you a good idea of how I decided to get my PVC piping into the tent and notice the multiple angles (to prevent light leaks).


Keep in mind that you may want to put a small angle in the tube that pumps the water back into the tent (see image above). This will make the water ripple which can help prevent biofilm from building up on the surface of the water. Also make sure that your intake tube is not touching the tents bottom and also submerged under water.

After you have laid out how long you want the PVC pipes to be you can use the PVC primer and glue to glue the pieces together (careful not to inhale or touch the glue/primer).
It might be useful to put the Intex pump inside of a rubber container to help catch salt water in the event that some leaks when changing the filter (highly recommended). Then make sure that the PVC pipes are in place and hook the hose into the pump.

This specific pump requires you to prime it before using. There are more instructions in the Intex manual about this, but essentially you need to make sure the pump is filled with water before you start it for the first time. Also you will need to open the air valve on the top while filling it until some water leaks out. Once the water leaks out screw the air valve tight and turn the pump on. If it doesn’t start pumping water you may have to open the air valve when it is running (note water may splash, use a towel to open air valve). Once you hear the pump working and see water moving through it you can close the air value.

You should be all set!

Good luck customizing your Zen Float Tent! Leave comments below if you have any questions!

Sep 12, 2015 - Thoughts About the Zen Float Tent

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Zen Float Tent

The journey to getting a Zen Float Tent

I’ve recently purchased a Zen Float Tent. Like I have mentioned in my previous post there has been much contemplation about getting this tent. When I first heard about the Kickstarter I was a bit skeptical of the quality and design of the tent. I was familiar with the Samadhi Tank, Escape Pod, various pods and rooms all of which are of high build quality. I decided that I was going to wait until the tent had been used and reviewed before I would purchase one. This Summer I decided that the Zen Float Tent was right for me and when I was on a drive from Florida to St. Louis while looking on Facebook I noticed a post from Jeremy at Escape Pod Tank saying he had one for sale. Naturally this was the perfect opportunity so I ended up purchasing the tent from him.

Installation of the Zen Float Tent

Surprisingly the Zen Float Tent was not terribly difficult to setup. My situation was a bit unique because I custom build a base and a filtration system for the tent but overall it took about a weekend to get it all up and running. There are some great YouTube videos online that show you how to set it up and the instruction manual was informative.

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Platform

The process started with the base which consisted of six 12”x2” pieces of wood from Lowe’s. This would help with absorbing some sound and distribute the weight across the floor. On top of the wood platform there is a thin piece of plywood to make a smooth surface. On top of the plywood are three 6’x4’ pieces of sound absorbing rubber purchased from Acoustical Surfaces. This is to ensure that the tent is completely soundproof especially from vibrations traveling through the floor. The main sounds that seem to travel into the tank are vibrational such as door slams and people walking. When the base was complete it covered 12 feet by 6 feet which fits perfectly in the room (even allowing space for a yoga mat).

Spill Berm

Then the spill berm was setup on top of this platform. The spill berm was designed for industrial spills including harmful chemical spills. This seemed to be the perfect device to catch any excess water or if the tent leaked. I had a white (epsom salt is harder to see on white) custom made spill berm that was 11’x5’ that will ensure plenty of space for the 8’x4’ tent. Also having this much space allowed me to make the tent go across the wood beams diagonally to keep the weight distributed across multiple beams (5-6 beams instead of 4).

Water

After the berm was setup it was time to install the tent which you can see the process in the photos above. This was a fairly easy process which consisted of placing metal rods into the vinyl and then connecting the pieces. After all the rods were in place I started filling the tent with reverse osmosis water. You might wonder why I filled the tent with reverse osmosis water and not just tap water. I did this because there can be some heavy metals such as iron in the water supply and also chlorine and other chemicals which I don’t want in the tent.

Epsom Salt

Finally it was time for the Epsom salt which I purchased from Sf Salt Co. They have really good prices on bulk Epsom salt and they also were at the Float Conference this year. I ended up purchasing 1,100 lbs from them which arrived on a pallet in individual 50lb bags. As of this blog post I have around 635lbs of Epsom salt and about 115 gallons of water in the tent.

Custom Filtration System

I also decided to make a custom filtration system that would supplement the tent’s standard filter system. I purchased an Intex pool pump from Amazon and bought some PVC piping that would fit into the Intex system. When it was all said and done the pump worked great and is run for 30+ minutes after each float. This is to help ensure the water stays clean and can help speed up the time it takes to heat up the water.

Summary

I’m extremely satisfied with the Zen Float Tent thus far. I would recommend it to anyone looking to buy a float tank for their home. The material quality is top notch and it does a pretty good job of light proofing. Also I would recommend purchasing 35% hydrogen peroxide and a shammy to wipe down the tent before getting into it. The base I made is not a necessity but it seems to make sense especially if you are not putting this in a basement of a quiet home. If you have any questions please leave a comment below. Also there is a form now to sign up for the newsletter, check it out!!