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By BoothEatsBUGS
Posts:  438
Joined:  Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:41 am
#157475
Hey guys so I was about to wait until I moved (next week) to set up my automatic watering system for my Pings and dews (Nepenthes will come later).

I set up a semi hydroponic watering system. A 5 gallon bucket (essentially a big kitty litter bucket). Currently my set up is fitted with a 132GPH water pump with a fogger soon to be added(same water reserve). At the moment I am using the 2" opening in the top of the bucket to feed the water supply hose, as well as the water return hose out of the reserve. I have a float valve hooked up to my RO system to automatically fill but in my current living space I don't have enough hose to reach where my RO system is hooked up. Essentially the pump will cycle water through my tray delivering water to my pings and dews. Currently I have the pump and humidifer to come on 3 times per 24 hour cycle at 1.5 hour intervals. I also have a box fan running on low setting just below the watering tray 24/7. Still thinking about an air stone/system in order to improve oxygenation of the water, but that will most likely come later next month.

I would like to start with just the tray that I have, and eventually maybe come up with a way to automatically water my plants that don't sit in trays (Nepenthes), found a great link on terraforums of a kick ass rain making system that I think I'm going to steal ;)

http://www.terraforums.com/forums/showt ... =rainmaker

Anyone have CP hydroponic growing experience? Success? Failures? Let me know what you think so far!


Overview while the pump is running
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Drain at opposite end of the tub
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Fill spout. going to aim this more at the bottom of the tray eventually.
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Drain tube going back into the reservoir
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Last edited by BoothEatsBUGS on Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:24 pm, edited 2 times in total.
By Coldzercp
Posts:  174
Joined:  Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:42 pm
#157517
I tried hydroponics for like 2 months but I didn't like the idea because it was on my windowsill
and I thought that it might spill so I sent the plant outside well all I did was make the roots go trought
a wire mesh and have Oxygen rocks at the bottom waz zam hydroponics but then I changed the rocks for
a air pump at the bottom so the air goes up around the roots ( this was a capensis )
By BoothEatsBUGS
Posts:  438
Joined:  Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:41 am
#157541
Well I guess my system is really only an automated watering system, based off of a hydroponics system. Its getting to the point to where I have so many plants and only so much time to take care of them because of work etc, that if I could cut out some of my watering time/filtering time, it would be nice. Plus if I go with this set up, the only plants I would have to hand water would be my Nepenthes.
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