We had a GREAT storm last night – we needed the water, too. (so did my fish tank!) I set the hose on the rain barrel and opened it up to drain into the sump tanks, and went to bed. In the morning, the sumps were overflowing! This was great, I was worried about getting enough water.
I also got my expanded shale today – rented the same truck from Home Depot and got 2 “yards” worth. (might not really be a cubic yard – it’s whatever the amount that their scooper-loader pics up in a load). Now I have the not fun job of washing and sifting all the big pieces… but at least I am closer to the goal!