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 Post subject: Sam's Second System
PostPosted: Sep 15th, '12, 14:05 
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Like so many AP's who have come before me, the time has come to expand :-)

I have expanded my AP area and now have a space about 3m x 3.5m available.
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I am looking for suggestions on how to best design my second system (for details of the original system, see the link in my sig).

I already have the following items:
    1 x 1000L IBC
    1 x 300L grow bed (cut from an IBC)
    5 x strawberry towers

I plan on using this second system for a bit of experimentation. As such, one of the first things I plan on doing it to get some blue barrels and use them for growing larger plants (such as fruit tree's).

So the questions is, what sort / style of system should I build (from a plumbing point of view). I'm not sure how to effectively incorporate all the different elements.

I can overflow from the FT to the blue barrels, but then I would need a sump for a return. But its not going to be practical to overflow the towers. And then the growbed (which I am putting in primarily for filtration) needs to be hooked in somewhere as well.

I do not have a pump yet, so it can be sized as required.

Any thoughts / suggestions would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Sam's Second System
PostPosted: Sep 16th, '12, 21:20 
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i'd be trying to sink the FT as far as you can or running it CHIFT PIST style with the sump sunk so that you don't need to raise your fruit trees too high, had to make my trees GB height and though mine are dwarf trees they'll still end up pretty darn tall, it'll make your towers easy to drain also.

as for your pump, most importantly how tall are your towers. you want somthing that can handle the height while still getting good flow, my heighest GB is 1.5m off the ground and about 80l of media in it, i have a 4800lph pump with 4m head running that, 3 half barrels and 2 BYAP GBs, the barrels and other GBs are about 700mm off the ground. set up so that they all overflow at the same time takes approx 12 minutes of pumping so pump head is a really big factor here

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PostPosted: Sep 18th, '12, 15:11 
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Thanks for the input Freebz.

My existing system is CHIFT PIST, and works well. At the moment I am thinking that the second system will be the same. The only exception may be that I will T off the pump (going from the sump to FT) to feed a trickle of water to the strawberry towers.

I'm not a fan of pumping out from the FT, just cause I am paranoid about things going wrong. At least with CHIFT PIST the FT will always be full (with the exception of a structural tank failure)

In other news, I have the bulk of the supply's now
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Any my wife has picked out the fruit tree's to go into the AP pots
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I guess I'd better hurry up and get the system built....

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