Using Hydroton/Clay pellets in Ebb and Flow

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by HotKarl2, May 11, 2018.

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    Johnny Lawrence

    Johnny Lawrence Well-Known Member

    How in the hell did it take you 2 weeks to realize that they were in flower?
     
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    PetFlora

    PetFlora Well-Known Member


    lol

    They didn't show for ~ 2 weeks after moving, and I simply forgot. Not that big a deal as there are ample leafs so, plenty of chlorophyll
     
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    HotKarl2

    HotKarl2 Well-Known Member

    Cool! The only thing about the stones is aren't they a lot more weight than the hydroton? I think my floor might collapse with my 80 gallon res under the table too lol. It's a great idea I will keep in mind, thanks for contributing!
     
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    PetFlora

    PetFlora Well-Known Member

    I suppose the added weight might be a problem, but when you flood you are getting ~ 11 pounds of water /gallon, so...
     
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    Johnny Lawrence

    Johnny Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Water weighs 8 pounds.
     
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    Mr.Green Jeans

    Mr.Green Jeans Member

    They beautiful brother. I will most likely start transitioning to those stones. I get great results with the clay but like I said they just constantly erode and leave crap in my tables/res. Thanks for the input.
     
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    PetFlora

    PetFlora Well-Known Member


    OK, I knew it was something like that
     
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    klx

    klx Well-Known Member

    I use clay for seed runs and pheno hunts. Its pretty good. You can flood often which is nice and once you clean them when you first buy them they are easy to reuse. I have had the same 3 bags in use for years. I have lots of pics in my thread, just scroll past the SoG stuff.
     
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    Budley Doright

    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    With the balls you should be ok if a pump goes down if caught in 12 hours, I’ve went 24. If you don’t let the pump drain I’m not sure how you wouldn’t have sitting water?
     
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    HotKarl2

    HotKarl2 Well-Known Member

    I also use a mushroom siphon valve with another drain hose on my table.
     
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    Budley Doright

    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    Not sure what that is but I’ll google
     
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    Budley Doright

    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    Ok I googled it, WTF is a mushroom siphon lol. All I got were recipes :(
     
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    HotKarl2

    HotKarl2 Well-Known Member

    It is a device that you push a drain hose up into, and set the level you want the table to start draining at. First you cut a hole in your table and then you install this thing.
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    Budley Doright

    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    LOL ok I got ya. I call them ebb and flow fittings and thru Hull, and exactly what I use. So if your water level is kept at say 2” (mine’s at 4”) and you put a check valve in the pump you’ll always have 2” in your tray.
     
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    HotKarl2

    HotKarl2 Well-Known Member

    No, the way it works at least on my table - is it fills to 3 inches and then drains completely. Not sure what you are referring to. The check valve in the pumps will simply mean that they won't also drain.
     
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    Budley Doright

    Budley Doright Well-Known Member

    Mine look the same, so ya not sure how they work, my tray if I didn’t allow the pump to drain back would stay at the height of my drain, that’s adjustable up or down to control fill level.
     

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