Originally Posted by budelight
I was looking through your albums (totally not creepy) and was amazed at the duct work you built for the blumats.
Im considering dabbling with Blumats under a 315w cmh in a 3'x3' tent. Where did you find that drip tray for your tent? Any tips for a beginner setup so I can try some spikes with only small upfront cost?
Planning on building a shelf to hold a 5gal bucket.
Picking up a small or medium kit from sustainablevillage.
Growing in 1-2g poly bags of coco.
Feed with maxigrow in veg and V+B in flower.
EDITED TO ADD: This is Rives' photo, not mine
I'm glad you were checking out the albums - that's why I put them up!
The Blumats are fed with the regular 8mm line and attached to the PVC pipe with tyraps. The pipe is all graded so that it allows any entrained air to rise to the center of the back, where a solenoid is T'd in to purge the air when a timer activates. The purged flow is then dumped back to the lower reservoir. At the time I did all of that, I was running a self-topping, water only system and was having a hell of a time with air bubbles vapor-locking the Blumats. I doubt that it is necessary with the dual-reservoir system that I've been using since then, but it's all in place...
The drip tray is a washing machine drip tray from Home Depot. There is a drain hole in the center of it, and the tent sits on top of a piece of plywood covering a bathtub, so any runaways are drained off to the sewer system. I also have a 4x4 tent, and use a flood and drain pan in it.
This tent is a 30" x 30". I usually run 4 plants, so a minimum number of spikes are needed. The kits usually don't have enough fittings, I'd pick up an extra half-dozen of each, and enough 3mm line to give each spike about a 3' whip hose. With 5 liter air pots, Botanicare ReadyGro Aeration Mix, V+B all the way through, and a 315 CMH, I average a bit over a gram per watt. The system is set up for a minimum of work. I am frequently gone about 10 days at a time, and it just motors along...