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    Welcome to the IHoP v.2

    I personally like to build things to be versatile and easy to change up. Is why I gave you the design suggestion I did. Which was intended to put inside what you already have built wooden part wise. not sure if that part was clear. Would allow for more plants to be arranged in a tighter area I’d think as well. Definitely easier to clean. That’s if you went with the ebb and flow. The PVC would be great for the NFT. That calculator I posted is pretty trick eh. Considering the two in my head. I’d think the ebb and flow would be more forgiving. As there is little to no roots dangling out of the pots, as they are air pruned. The plant would probably let you know something was wrong without being dead. The NFT leaves you with very delicate roots. That are susceptible to any system failure, and the roots may be too far gone by the time you notice. The NFT probably wins in dissolved oxygen. And if I had to bet, I’d guess produce more IF everything else is in balance. Again all that is just my speculation on the two. I would consider the manifold you have built to be a hybrid. In the sense that even though you drain it, it’s basically sealed. So stays very wet and humid. Is why the roots went down the tube. You won’t get that seal with the PVC orientated horizontally in an ebb and flow. And I feel you on wanting to grow some food! I’ve planted to many things to list this week. Is looking like asparagus omelette in the morning!! Fresh out the yard.
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    Typically I think you’re supposed to sterilize the air stones once a month. By soaking them in H2O2. Which is also what you can use to sterilize and reuse the pellets. These are 29 and 34%. https://4hydroponics.com/nutrilife-h2o2-garden-strength-1-gallon.htmlhttps://www.hawthornegc.com/shop/product/liquid-oxygen-h2o2-2 I also add that to the reservoir from time to time. If there is any sign of root infection or fungal gnats breeding. Also just turns into oxygen in the water once it has reacted. The absolutely VERY first thing I add every single time I change the water is Drip Clean. https://www.amazon.com/House-Garden-HGDPC01L-Clean-Fertilizer/dp/B00V50IC9U Stabilizes the water and acts like a magnet to keep the system clean. It doesn’t take much so a bottle lasts awhile The other possible pertinent thing if doing the ebb is Clearex. Is a leaching agent used to flush the grow medium. Typically used to clean out salt build up. https://www.amazon.com/Botanicare-CLEAREX-Rinsing-Solution-1-Quart/dp/B0001XGPCS You may only need it if you are growing plants that stay in there for long periods. Or if you are cycling and frequently adding new plants with already established plants. i.e For me a grow takes four months from start to finish. The first two months is the veg stage and I typically don’t do any flush. As soon as I put them in flower I will drain the system and run just water and Clearex for one hour every two weeks. Can also add H2O at this time to really break things up if needed. Or for the reasons stated above. As far as the light I would suggest a 4 foot eight bulb t-5 fixture. At least a 4 bulb. More light, more food! Let me know if you need opinions on different ones.
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    Not quite finished. But figured I post up some pics. Still debating on doing some pin-striping.
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    I’ll give you Dutch. A Dutch oven that is!
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    Nice stash!
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    If anybody needs isopropyl alcohol. Check the grow stores!
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    50 should be plenty. If I had to guess I’d bet you’ll only need somewhere between 30 and 40. I’ve only had issues with the pump overheating the water in 20 gallons or less. I’ve never ran a continuous flow system but use a pump on its side with an air hose attached to it in Lou of air stones. I personally am not a big fan of air stones. As is a breeding ground for bacteria. Depending on the air pump type, it could possibly discharge oil into the reservoir upon failure. Plus I always just hated the sound of them humming. is your RO system for your whole house? or just an under cabinet type?
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    Temperature sensor possibly touching the wall? Is there a calibration dial somewhere?
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    I agree is the simplest. Also appears the most popular for vegetables too. Especially in Europe and at least commercially here. should require less reservoir volume I’d think. Being as the water level stays low in the field. The pump running continuously may heat the water up quicker in a small res though, so could be moot. May want to have a spare pump handy is about my only other thought. Not that they go out often, but is so vital in that setup. Are you planning on staying with the jars until the roots drop? Or do you have another plan for propagating the roots?
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    I’d think a larger drain would be quieter. I’ve had a setup on the other side of a wall I slept against. With a 2” drain and about 4” of fall was pretty quiet. I’m definitely excited to see how it goes for you. Would love to see more pics once everything is going or if you change anything!
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    2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport/Limited

    That tint came in tight! Super clean work brotha!! Thanks for posting so many pics.
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    Nice turd!! My mustang needs a tail housing gasket. Hopefully isn’t warped. Car can eat some parts. Wish I had the cake for a crate/trans combo.
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    Right! A new pair for the truck was only $60.
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    Super cool manifold btw! I was really curious how you were using the 1/2” pvc. the moisture sensor sounds like it could possibly be cheap insurance. The only time I had one in the house and on the second floor. I had a third tray that the reservoir and main tray sat in. So if there was a failure.
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    You have me wanting to build something now. Just have think of a place that passes the WAF. Haha After seeing what you have and going after an ebb and flow that fills periodically for a short time and then drains. Here’s the first suggest I have to propose. you could do a tray that fits under that top. You could make the top interchangeable to fit different pots and configurations. Then use an ebb and flow drain kit or emulate it. That gives you an adjustable overflow drain height to control the water level as needed. The pump inlet is the main drain when shut off. And the overflow creates a waterfall during watering. Now the bonus idea. You could do 2 smaller trays side by side. Would require two pumps and drain kits. But you could run them at separate times so could get away with a lot smaller reservoir. Also would allow each side to be set to different water levels if desired. Could run just one side if you aren’t using the other half. Could make the interchangeable tops in a halves as well. would be easier to find two small trays to fit in the size you have anyways. I would suggest either commercial restaurant tubs or concrete mixer tubs. Both being super cheap and the restaurant one probably being food grade. I personally would start with watering 20 minutes every 3 hours. The digital timers available have 8 stations so works out perfect.
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    You are doing something right if the roots are blowing up like that! are you starting the seeds in rock wool? What do you think the ideal neti pot size Is now that you have worked with them?
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    I could probably get into the 6” pvc idea. I’d shoot for a kinda industrial steampunk look with an Art Deco flare. As long as it has a directioin I think it will be aesthetically pleasing and a great conversation piece.
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    I think you lost me. Like a moisture sensor on the floor? how are you controlling the water level in the field if it is flood and drain. As in what shuts the pump off when it is full? Are you using an automated drain to put the water back into the reservoir when the watering cycle is over? I would think that should be about the only electronics other than a couple timers and a pump. As far as the water side goes.
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    he is probably trying to regulate how much food they intake with that many. Otherwise all depends on the size of the feeder and the amount chickens. I have five currently. The chicken feeder holds about a half a 40 pound bag. Could easily build it bigger feeder and waterer if needed. I also have a large amount of wild birds that come feed as well. Probably all the ones that were used to my bird loving neighbors feeding them every day. About the only thing I left off that list is will need a water heater in the winter. With five chickens I get about nine eggs every two days. Can’t eat them quick enough.
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    I’ve been composting the wet leaves and stems so we will see LOL
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    Is the exact system I would build if I did an Aeroponic. Ironically have enough parts laying around to probably build about six different systems. Just no space. Lol
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    Why would you need a moisture sensor? What would you use it to control?
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    I haven’t asked if you plan on doing any overhead drip system? Assuming you’re not and just rely on the wicking. The flood and drain will require a reservoir large enough to fill and then some as we discussed. The NFT constant flow on the other hand does not. The reservoir could be substantially smaller as the pump can only circulate so much water at once. as far as the plants are concerned they will not know the difference. i’m not familiar with each particular crop. But some do not care for wet feet. That would be the only reason to stay away from the constant flow. which I doubt is a concern with any you are growing.
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    I know I sent you pictures when I built it four years ago. Don’t know if you remember, the main structure is built it out of an old playhouse. The type that can usually be hard for free, if one is willing to go pick them up. Easily a gheester of cedar and Coated 4x posts.
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    Pretty low maintenance. I clean the coop twice a year. Change the hay in the egg boxes a little more often. One bail of hay has lasted four years. Feed and water them about every 2 to 3 weeks. I feed them mealworms in the winter, and let them scour for bugs in the summer. They eat a little more food in the winter. you’ll know when they need either as is about the only time they will follow you around instead of running away.
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