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Active hydroponic disaster prevention

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by HydroLynx, Sep 6, 2017.

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    HydroLynx

    HydroLynx Member

    Yes I was looking at those, pricey tho. Do like the industrialness of them.
     
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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    A bell siphon has no moving parts. That's pretty elegant in my book. But it's just a suggestion.
     
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    Niblixdark

    Niblixdark Well-Known Member

    A growing style or method is only as good as the grower. I've seen soiless plants out do hydroponic plants and vs versa.
     
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    JSB99

    JSB99 Well-Known Member

    Exactly. It's like someone who can't play guitar very well, getting a new, expensive guitar, thinking it'll make them sound better. Meanwhile, Joe Satriani can pick up a beat up old acoustic at a garage sale, and make it sound like something right out of the studio. True experience is taking what you have, and doing the absolute most with it. Then, when the most isn't sufficient, you determine the exact equipment needed to reach your goal.

    I bet MacGyver could build a pound-a-week, perpetual grow out of a paper clip, a wire, and a rubber band!
    :lol:
     
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    HydroLynx

    HydroLynx Member

    It is a new system. Coming from years of DWC and moving to nft type systems will test one's complacency. Even the best pilots have to learn to fly a new aircraft right from the beginning again. The "I can always ride a bicycle" doesn't apply to tech, esp if you experimenting.
     
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    HydroLynx

    HydroLynx Member

    Aaand it happened again lol. Plants are fine, no wilt. I made a new habbit of daily CHECKING for pump vibration on the manifold, and there was nothing. So i tried to unstick the pump and still nothing. So I took the pump out the casing was bubbled-out and pump is dead. Guess that pump was on its way out! I did have it for 5 years in storage. Changing pumps every 2-3 years is yet another check for my list.
     
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    JSB99

    JSB99 Well-Known Member

    It's funny how most of us won't think of getting a stand-by pump until it's too late.
     
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    Niblixdark

    Niblixdark Well-Known Member


    Extra fittings, pumps and stones all good to have on backup or you are screwed lol
     
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    JSB99

    JSB99 Well-Known Member

    I hear ya! I'm using both a waterfall and an air pump, so if either pump fails, I should be okay for a few days, while waiting for a replacement.

    I use Amazon Prime, which is awesome! Free two-day shipping on just about everything. I've had some things come the next day, and even the same day! There are also plenty of grow shops in town as well.
     
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    Niblixdark

    Niblixdark Well-Known Member

    Lol I do the same thing @ Amazon prime. Awesome place to get gear quickly.

    I also hate that site too .. too many things you could want but don't need. Haha
     
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    HydroLynx

    HydroLynx Member

    I had a brand new smaller "Dophin" pump lying around that got hooked up. Actually in theory smaller pumps are better for NFT as a slower flow rate allows for nutrient uptake, like around 1/2 gallon or ~2 liters per minute per 1m growtube. Less is more and my wallet stays full.
     
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