"thanks for the update John.
I'm not sure that increased water flow has anything to do with your solar collection device's efficiency. I figure the same amount of sun is going to hit it either way. The water should, in…"
"Hi John: nice to hear you too are still making changes to your system.
I was surprised to hear that your DWC bed is not constant height.
How is the water level set in there and do you allow it to rise and fall regularly?
"@ Arron: good to hear! I have more fish if anyone needs them.
@ Matt: not sure if the tubes are a good thing or not. I had a couple of fish in the aquariums get just torn up by getting ripped against the side of the tube as…"
"Just match the hatch Casey, lay the fly out on the still water and wait, eventually some thing will eat it ;-) Black ant imitations work really well that way. I caught a trout at a lake right at the shore in 3-4" of water that way…"
"That sounds like iron to me, start with a few teaspoons of Chelated Iron (in a tote system) and watch for results in a week or two. You would really have to dump a lot of Iron on to become toxic so don't worry about killing things. …"
Good question! 7.4 pH is very good water for AZ, we in the Phoenix metro area suffer with ~8.3 pH
to answer your question, I looked to the mud farmers at Clemson University:
Lime reduces soil acidity (increases pH) by changing…"
MH - Metal Halide - The hydroponics folks use them in doors ($$$) You have seen them on the ceiling of big box stores
Worms in a bin will be a problem outside in the summer here.
The lettuce doesn't really produce many leaves Kim, it just…"
I have gone "hi" tech with my seed propagation.
I just pour fish water in the lower tray and leave it in the sun. These are butter lettuce seeds I propagated from living lettuce from the store. Just replant the…"
I just purchased a 55 gal barrel of fiberglass resin. If we paint it on the both sides it should be okay for sitting on the ground in the irrigation water. This is not the food safe resin I use for other projects. I have…"
the valve is plumbed from one source (pump) to many outlets (grow beds); the valve is on a timer and advances from outlet to outlet on a schedule you set/select.
Be sure to salt bath those farm fish to kill any pathogens they may be…"
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Hi Jim. this is what I thought the system might look like, but after reading what you had wrote earlier, I might even use bamboo as the top water feeder pipe to the towers its a lot stronger than poly-pipe and cheaper, I just cut it down out of the garden.
I apologize for not responding sooner, but I have moved to a new area where there is no space for my unit, thus it has been mothballed. The towers did not run long enough to test many different crops, but my gut feel was that with the dense media I had, the spacing was too close for long-growing crops.