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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Automatic Watering System - clogged pump


This is my aeration pump from the Auto Water reservoir after about 2 weeks...



So badly clogged it was barely pumping water, and no air bubbles...

I'm using liquid nutes, but I guess they still settle as a solid.

Not sure if this is because I am only auto watering one plant, and it only needs water maybe once a week at this point. That leaves plenty of time for this to happen...

If it was looking after 8 plants, as designed, the water would be replaced every week, probably topped up every couple days...

I had hoped adding the circulating pump would have prevented this.

Perhaps I need a way to add nutrients to a single dose of water at the time of watering?  Sounds tricky...  Something else to think of...

In the mean time, less water in the res, add a couple more plants to the auto watering schedule, maybe in the flower tent, they need watering much more often...

Another thought, I have observed the water level dropping in the res due to evaporation, this will increase the nutrient concentration... I think a Lid for the bucket is in order to prevent this evaporation...


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