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They're probably available online at some of the hydro shops, I bought a couple exactly like Milne's 5 or 6 years ago. I remember they were on clearance and were still expensive but I don't remember how much they were.


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They're probably available online at some of the hydro shops, I bought a couple exactly like Milne's 5 or 6 years ago. I remember they were on clearance and were still expensive but I don't remember how much they were.

Yes a lot of the hydro shops have them
Planted out another 2 tomatoes this morning
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Asked if they had plenty yes 60,000 they are going to release 5.000 into the lake soon

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Expensive won't work for us now that I'm retired. I'd like to see inside one if get the chance. Perhaps I can reverse engineer something because damn those are so cool.

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Brian you could pretty easily come up with something similar I would think... I haven't seen them up close but from the description it sounds like it just recirculates water in the pots then has an auto top up when water is almost gone... take two pots with a hole in the bottom of them and place them in another container that can hold however much water you want. Pick up a float valve and drill it in the container the pots are sitting in, run a hose to your water supply to allow a gravity feed to the float valve. Adjust the float valve so the arm is low so it doesn't open until the water level gets really low. Put a small pump in the bottom tray to circulate water back to the top of the pots.

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https://www.amazon.com/Malida-Water-Fil ... alve&psc=1

toms aqualifter pump (price has gone up since I last bought one, might be cheaper to find a different pump... I would buy a timer to connect this to so it doesn't run non-stop):
https://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Lifter- ... aqualifter

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PostPosted: Jun 6th, '17, 06:04 
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Yes they are a good float valve mate has one on his fish pond
I am shore with a timer, pump and a float valve you could work something out
Beauty of auto pots 1 pump will service 500 pots any were on the property
I am thinking of running a 50 ft line to the other side of the house to the bbq area

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Checking in the hot house this morning 3 of the tomatoes are showing signs of flowering

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I use two float valves like what I posted for my auto top off system on my big saltwater aquarium. I have a 32 gallon trash can that I stored RO/DI water in which uses that float valve to shut off the RO/DI shutoff valve when my 32 gallon trash can is full of water so it doesn't overflow, then I have a gravity feed from that trash can to a 5 gallon bucket which has another of those valves in it, then I have an electronic float valve that hangs in my sump which triggers a pump to pump water from the 5 gallon bucket to the sump if the water level drops down below where I want it.

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Down to 3 or 5 most mornings its 25 now
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Fantastic gents, much obliged. I've already have one valve from Amazon, I added a second to my wish list for when I set this up. Also added the little pump to my wishlist. This gives me some options. Thanks for the description using a 32 gallon sump Rob.

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Wall Mart has those plastic storage containers, they come with a lid
Cut in the lid the holes for the pots. The walls are strong enough to hold a float walve.
Float valve is 5 bucks, container is 5 bucks. True Values have small pond pumps, for around 10 to 15 for circulation, they are submergibles, very small.

I might build one, looks interesting.

Float valves like that can be found in Farm Stores, were they sell automatic heated waterer for live stock. Very compact and all plastic.


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Walmart has a lot of plastic bins... Which ones are you referring to Gnoib? I suppose they must be a heavier gauge plastic to hold a float valve. I'll go have a look, Thanks for the advice.

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The tomatoes have hit the roof


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Look at me now going across the roof


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Never a stupid question but if you stated tip pruning your tomato plant stopping it growing so far, would that help produce more fruit.

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I'm interested in the response to that question too... My tomato plants I have pruned heavily so they are now close to 8 feet tall (almost 3 meters) they have not set a lot of fruit, but I thought maybe due to heat. I am hoping they will set fruit later than those in the garden that are ripening now. Would you let the tomato plants keep growing longer in hopes of getting more tomatoes later on or prune the tops at some point?

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