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PostPosted: Nov 18th, '13, 09:39 
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Just looked into that Matala... great tip guitard00d. Thank you! What kind of flow rate do you put in to these? Do you swirl filter or otherwise remove solids (beyond what a media GB does) before sending to the tower?

And your pics look like an indoor setup... how to you light these in your grow?

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PostPosted: Nov 18th, '13, 11:02 
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Sorry, one more question: two strips per tube at 2.75" makes a 5" X 3" wide media block... do you just compress it into the tube? Is that much compression needed to support the media from sliding down under weight of plants/water? Would you cut them thinner for 4" vinyl fence squares? Appreciate the tips!

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I was wondering if you could use this stuff:
http://www.guttafilta.com.au/

though think it might be a bit too fine grade.

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My 2 cents worth
Strawberry's do ok in aquaponics but if you need to salt for any reason it will probley kill them also they do produce as well as if they were in the dirt or a wicking bed
strawberry's are funny feeders and to get the aqua water just right it may not suit the other fish and plants Yes they will grow but you wont get a bumper crop like in a dirt garden
Just my 2 cents worth been there done that wouldn't bother again

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Here is a link to a step-by-step instruction guide with pictures for the current tower design.

http://community.theaquaponicsource.com/photo/albums/maxgfx-v-tower


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cool step by step guide. I wonder if there are any gaps when the matala is inserted due to a square profile going into a round hole or does it compress enough to fill the gaps? Any gaps could cause the water to just channel down those and not through the media.

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Already tried, tested, And proven itself, there is no reason to fill the void space. It's actually beneficial to the planter because of the added oxygen that gets to the roots. The water absolutely reliably saturates the entire column of media. Matala definitely was not asleep at their wheel in their engineering. My "shower cap" in the top of the planter also guarantees that the water saturates the entire column of media, not just the center and not just the outside edges. If it didn't already prove itself, I wouldn't have published the plans.


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I use a smaller scale version of that technique for lettuce.


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my wife wants one like this!


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Damn nice job! Strawberries are one thing that I haven't put any effort into due to their sensitive nature. I know that there is good money in them, but I just keep focusing on the high profit margin fresh herbs and novelty tomatoes/peppers/cucumbers because I know that they are an easy and quick sale around here. Tell me, what is your production rate (pounds per month)?


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Horizontal pipes would certainly reduce the strain on the pump
I had a system 90mm pvc pipe with perlite which was a manual system
It had a funnel at the top and a bucket underneath.
I just poured the contents of the bucket down the funnel a few times a day.
It did ok I got a fair few strawbs but eventually they all died from root competition
Im going to try an Aztec step pyramid design next,though i do love the output of the gutters in the pic above.
A square version of this with no treated pine and incorporate a drip watering system

http://i41.servimg.com/u/f41/16/51/50/16/pic_0414.jpg

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mantis that pipe system is awesome! Might be what Im looking for for a micro system.........


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so you reckon ZGT are expensive, how about these from the Big B

and you supply the media / potting mix.


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Seem like there are some people cashing in on the vertical farming craze. I did a double take when I looked at those things!

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