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PostPosted: Jan 9th, '07, 15:03 
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Thought I'd post my system as its been a while and have had it running since before I found this forum.

It was origionally very cramped in my kitchen, but it has now spread out at my work, in an organic greenhouse operation.

This is the result so far of its evolution:


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File comment: Now out at the greenhouse.
This is the barrelponics design flood tank.
This is not the most recent picture of the plumbing, the supplementary flood tank output now goes to the duckweed tank.

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 Post subject: Re: Raimiuso's System
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The growbeds:
They do not use an autosiphon drain. I simply flood the beds very quickly against a smaller drain output.
The adjustability of the barrelponics flood valve is very adaptable, and I have made good use of its design.


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what is the green foilage on the left of shot?

Your system looks fab

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Seriously, this cant be healthy.
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Shaping up well raimiuso :thumbleft:

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Monya: I assume you mean the rows in the barrel shot.
On the left are beans, to the right is Malabar spinach and then cukes.
Right behind are trellis for a new bed of beans.

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I'm impressed. I like how you have made your tanks from ply covered with pond liner and how you use a fast fill and slow drain. My system has performed flawlessly since I implemented a similar fast fill / slow drain before system xmas. No more coming home to wet concrete.


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WOW! I'm jealous.

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Derekh,
yes I too see benefits to the fast fill/slow drain. One option I love is that the rate at which I take outflow from the flood reservoir controls the timing at which the beds flood. This way I adjust the flow to the duckweed tank and it changes the timing. This allows for a much greater exchange of water from the tank than just timed pumps. Ahhh..no timers :)

Anyways, I am off today to a meeting at the CDCS in Brooks, Alberta, to hear lectures from Nick Savidov and other scientists! I am very excited.


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Hayden, Would you post some close-up pics of your plumbings and pulley? Maybe a couple of shots at different stages of flood and drain? I get the overall concept you described in the other thread, but I'm just having problems visualizing it. It sounds delightful --a la Rube Goldberg Machine.

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Hayden, I am just building my grow beds. Thanks for the pictures. I am using pond liner over P/T wood, so your system is a guide.

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Janet, when I go into work on Monday I can take some pictures detailing the valve for you. Alternatively you may get some idea by viewing the barrelponics manual written by Travis Hughey here:
http://backyardaquaponics.com/pics/barrel-ponics.pdf

Mine is obviously changed and adapted from his origional design, but the flood mechanism is the same.

Doug, I'm glad that what I have done can be of assistance.
My tip would be to double/triple check your measurements of the inside height and width of the growbed you build. Allow at least a couple inches extra on your pond liner. An issue I encountered is that even if you cut a perfect square to fit the dimensions, it won't fit in with nice even borders. I had to cut some excess off, and it took a bit of manipulating each corner to fit the other corners in properly. Take your time. The corners are folded at 45 deg. onto themselves to create a box/corner shape.

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Thanks for the link, Hayden. I will get a beverage and start reading!

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Maybe you can incorporate a sprinkler in there somewhere ;)

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What sort of pond liner did you use Hayden - is it just the PVC stuff or is it food grade stuff?


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I decided to use fishsafe EPDM pond liner. It is very durable.
It often comes with a 20 year warranty, is very stretchy, and is completely fish and plant safe. My opinion is that it is the best choice by far, thought not as cheap.

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