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By BoothEatsBUGS
Posts:  438
Joined:  Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:41 am
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 ;) ... =rainmaker

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

Overview while the pump is running

Drain at opposite end of the tub

Fill spout. going to aim this more at the bottom of the tray eventually.

Drain tube going back into the reservoir
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
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
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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