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Question about drip fed drainage in the
The Grow Room forums; Yes it is possible, but the more pumps you have the more heat you have to combat ...
Yes it is possible, but the more pumps you have the more heat you have to combat
Flood and drain is better. They make different sized flood trays for different spaces. The pots can be moved around if need be. There's no drippers to clog up. Only one pump that comes on for a few minutes at a time once or twice a day.
Originally Posted by my massive hideout
I use 3.5 gallon buckets, each has a 1 1/4 inch drain cut 2 inches from the bottom of the buckets on the side. The top has a 6 inch cut out for the pots/baskets. The baskets have 2 inches of rockwool lining the bottom and then the cube with the plant sits in the middle on top the rockwool. I suround the rockwool cube with potclay or hydrotron and cover the top to provent alge. All the buckets are connected together with 1 1/4 tubing that gravity drains back to the res, they are all higher then the res. I feed the plants with drip spreads that are attached to a submersible pumps in the res with 1/8 tube on a timer 10 minute every 3 hours. Each bucket has a airstone and so does the res. The system is a bit of work to setup but once done it works good. I change my res once a month or add as needed. Other then that, I watch the PH and temps to make sure all's good, but truth be told I left on vaction for 10 days and came back to see the system working fine and my plants where huge.
So when people tell you the systems arnt' any good take it with a grain of salt, any system can work good, it comes down to what works for you.
Here's what one of my buckets look like
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Last edited by matt7835706; 06-18-2012 at 05:16 PM.
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