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Old 05-10-2008, 10:56 AM #1
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Microprocessor Controlled Multipot Flood,Bubble & Drain by URBN TRCHMLGY

Hi Peeps!Thought I would start(slightly late) a thread about the growroom a growmate and I setup recently and are currently flowering at the mo. It was set up in a rush due to previously uncertain living conditions and without all the planned funds so is a little scruffy but with some great self-built tech. We were gonna start 2 seperate flower rooms(one Hydro & one Bioponic) with 2x600w grolux in each,but decided to start the other room in a few weeks when we have more funds and time(will let you know l8r about that grow).
The area is in a small room split into a grow and 2 flower areas with seperate systems(so i can bud diff plants for diff periods and light schedules in each space)built with wood frame and b/w and diamond reflecta-grow sheeting,but we will use sound board when we can for all the walls.
The air intake is from a blocked window and the outlet goes through ceiling to the attic space above where it is vented via roofvents.We are in the process of making a 4 way soundproofed aliminium spigot box for the 8inch mixed flow exhaust fan we are using but its rigged up crudely to just 2 lights at mo on a low speed setting and working fine.
The lights are air cooled(always) via a 5"carb each with dutch Poot ballasts and our self built reflectors. The air from room is sucked into the carbs(at top) then through the reflectors and out of the exhaust and it works fine(even in summer) and stops bulbs etc getting dirty as well.
The plants are in 11 litre pot in pot with top pot movable in a mix of prepared Mapito and DiaHydro with a bubbler tube in the bottom of each pot under the media connected to a 40psi air compressor. There are 4 pots per light/sqm,a total of 8 in 2sqm. They are connected with 35mm tubing in 2 rows of 4 to a distributor with a draining pump and float switches. Which is fed by a 200 litre polytank reservoir with a fill pump and a circulating/emptying pump and various floatswitches,sensors,filters, pipes and valves.
It is set to flood(takes 2-3 mins) 4 times in a 12hour period(no feed at nite) and soaks/bubbles for 420 secs then drains(takes 1-2 mins). There is always enough solution in the tubes so that its just wetting the bottom of the pots(and there fore the bubbler tube at base of pot) and the bubbles come on for 420secs 4 times an hour feed or no feed day or night. If the air fails the controller tells pumps to lower the base water level to stop pots sitting in still water 4 too long and it still floods and drains OK.
The lights,fans,pumps,bubbles etc are all controlled by our own self designed and built System control box(Mitsubishi Processor,contactors etc) with facilities for sensing and controlling anything from temp,humidity,conductivity and PH,water level etc.
The controller we have nearly ready for the other space is 4 times as powerful and has loads more inputs and outputs(analog and digital) and will even alarm,text or trigger security video if needed so thats gonna be fun!
The solution we use at the mo consists of GH FloraNova Bloom and Hygrozymes,occasional Superthrive and a little Bio PK boost for last 3or4 weeks flower before I flush system and feed half strength Vitrasol for last 10/14 days.We have tried loads of products and think most are a waste of time and were of no added benefit when compared to simple nutrient program(but buy 20 products if u want just mho LOL)
The plants in the system now(12/12 since yesterday) are 5 Pot of Gold from T.F.D.(Superb) and 2 G.H.Doc(awkward but fat and sweet) and one pot is split 4 ways with one each of Graprfruit Kush(tasty),Chronic(Phat),Chee se(Mmmmmhh!), Kush x AK47(Strong,Tropical) Sogging in the one pot for a little variety.
Sorry about Picture quality(or lack of) they are done with a PhoneCam as no Digicam and spending ALL resources on rooms rite now! But I thought better than nothing and I will try to borrow a cam for when they start to bud properly in a few weeks. I will update soon as I can. May the light be bright on all your gardens. JBo
xterior woodwork

fiddling with system controller

controller (blurry!)

pots connection

pipe connects

Reservoir

pumps in Rez

pumps in rez 2

polypipes in Rez

inside Distributor

inside distributor2

40psi air compressor

agitation pump

Old 8 row output distributor


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Old 05-10-2008, 11:01 AM #2
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And here's Lights,ventilation,more controller,Media etc

Input fan

Exhaust fan

Ventilation

top of reflectors

air cooled reflector 1

air-cooled reflector 2 wide

one of the Carbs

Inside system controller

controller guts

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Heres some pics of the plants in clone,grow etc and a few dodgy bud close-ups of a couple of the strains
cuts and prop

cuts in grow

POGs at edge

GDoc_in_blok

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POGs

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propog

kushxAK47

kushxAK47 close

Grapefruit Kush

GFKush close

Cheesonix

Cheeseonix close

Chronix

Chronix close

Red Blue growing

Li'l ladies

Doc close bud

Doc close bud 2

GFKush close bud

GFKush bud 2

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Old 05-10-2008, 11:31 AM #4
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Some room and plant in system shots
Centre channel shot

4_cuts_in_split_pot

lites_on_4_cuts

GDoc_yella

lites_off_4_cuts_1_pot

lites_off_close_GDoc

lites_off_GDoc_recovered day 2 of 12/12

lites_off_nuff_POG day2

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Lovin this system man can you please tell us how to make the controller, what parts are needed how does it control the flood levels, are you using float switches? Very awsome system man..........
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OK i read in your post where you say you do use float switch but i do not see them in the pictures. So the Mitsubishi controller talks to the relay's and the relays turn the pumps off and on. What type of relays are you using with the controller?.......
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OK i read in your post where you say you do use float switch but i do not see them in the pictures. So the Mitsubishi controller talks to the relay's and the relays turn the pumps off and on. What type of relays are you using with the controller?.......
Hey Bud nice to meet u 7 thanks for your interest!
There are 2 black round floatswitches on top of each other in the bottom left corner of this distributor pic(sorry again for quality of pics,will improve thread info as I can,a little busy at mo) but they are chosen for robustness mostly and we've had success with a few types analogue and digital.

As for the relays they are not special just over-rated and there in force as the processor controls all lights pumps,air,ventilation and much more in our bigger controllers.From greenhouse shades to acres of Irrigation to sensors for all the environment data needed. I will give you full details of the whole controller,connections and programming the chips,buttons etc and some of the others we have designed in thread or maybe PM asap depending on the depth of info u want. I'm afraid my grow partner is less open than me and wont have a web prescence at all.
Also as we have systems out there already with lots of peeps(not all for Canna) we can't be too open as they are unique systems and easily traceable due to the custom nature of the system. I'm not at that particular location for a day or 2 and don't have the rite laptop with me but will sort u out details and better pics when poss. Happy Growing JBo URBN TRCHMLGY
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Man ur just what we need....someone who knows how to out a multiflow controller together DIY.... i mean with what youve got there...the ordinary mutiflow controller would be childsplay huh... I wish i knew about electrics and electronics to do all this.
i remeber someone aaaaages ago posted up the schematic for the uk version of themultiflow controller.....
Have you got any idea how much it would cost to get the parts for a normal muultiflow type controller?
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Man ur just what we need....someone who knows how to out a multiflow controller together DIY.... i mean with what you've got there...the ordinary mutiflow controller would be childsplay huh... I wish i knew about electrics and electronics to do all this.
i remeber someone aaaaages ago posted up the schematic for the uk version of themultiflow controller.....
Have you got any idea how much it would cost to get the parts for a normal muultiflow type controller?
Hi Harry howzitgoin? Thanx for the interest mate,glad to be ANY kind of inspiration! We only make them because we have to as all the commercial ones are laughably crap,badly thought out and overpriced,we have set people up with many great little custom setups for not much more than all the crappy,one timer,no processor multipot systems that are flooding the market in the last few years(I won't name names but they are ALL rubbish except GH who are extortionate but pretty good IMHO.
The system controllers we make range from about £290 to £18000(aaargh! nightmare!) but have been custom to individuals each time and parts are always upgraded and changed due to better parts becoming available or original parts discontinued.We also upgrade the OS every year(takes a few minutes with laptop and lead)for most clients so they aren't left behind as we progress.
I think you could maybe make one for about £150 depending on its complexity off your own steam but don't hold me to that!(Whats your MO anyhoo,if its just the watering control you are after its relatively simple but we always prefer to control everything we can from the panel and that gets complex).
We do have a Database for our parts,suppliers and all our system combinations but you'll have to bear with me for that as our main computer is not available to us at the mo as we have had to move operations twice this year due to Bullshit beyond our control and are semi-on call to about 18 projects rite now which is really fuckin up my lovelife I can tell ya.
But we are well secure now and will try to share as much as we can with the community,within reason obviously.But we have been ripped off many times for our Tech and £'s in this bizniz so aren't very trusting I'm afraid(We do have to be careful as well though as our systems are easily traceable by pigs due to the custom nature and so we can't just reveal all on forums).
I am happy to talk to u privately on these matters when we have settled in and I have some downtime though Harry.
The main reason we are posting now after years out of the loop is we just wanted people to set their sights a little higher as we were never satisfied with the 'Control' available from the 'Shop products' and hope to show at least a few people that D.I.Y. can be better than whats out there.
We honestly couldn't have made the systems the same for years because we dont have the bulkbuying clout with our suppliers to be able to futureproof and to be honest we don't ever repeat ourselves as we like to move things on and are busy with amongst other things;
'Real Aeroponic with backup flood for multipot systems',
Something we call 'Humidity-dependant Vapourponics, that is truly astonishing in its growth rates.But is for Experts only as it really makes growing a 'by the second' science.
A truly simple tray watering system for individual small pots and rockcubes for growshelves etc as I breed a lot and always have a nightmare with loads of little ladys of diff types and requirements that are in diff media for diff projects.
And a great little cupboard/tent system that combines Vapour,DWC,F&D and is Run to waste or Recirc and has sensors for bloody everything(PH,EC,Temp,Humidity ) at root and plant level as we want to cater for the little(but Cannaseur)guys as well....We have just started the first test runs on the latter and I will make a thread for that as soon as I can.
To be honest we always hated N.F.T. as we like plant movability and couldn't afford 'True Aero' at the time so have been doing variations on these type of systems for ourselves and others since '97 or so(there is a 2x300 pot one[not ours we dont run tings that big,we just set them up and stay on call] that we call the 'F.O.G.' or Forest of Green'' thats still running after 6 years constant with minimal maintenance and maybe 5 callouts total,It is a truly Beautiful sight,bloody Regal in fact! I won't tell you the avg Yeild as you won't believe me anyhoo!LOL)We were inspired after seeing our first Dutchpot Greenhouse near Haarlem and we knew immediately we could improve on them the second we saw them.
Before u praise me for the electronics etc though I must make you aware I am part of a crew and its my 'Silent Partner' who is ex-L.E.B. and ex Apple Tech who is the main wirer and programmer!
I learnt everything I know about the Installations,electronics,vent ilation etc from him and he learnt everything about plant biology,cultivation,breeding and Hydroponic and Lighting theory he knows from me. As our 15 year partnership has carried on we have somewhat met in the middle and can both handle all sides of this wonderful game quite well individually,but choose not to,because together we are a force to be reckoned with. Plus when you have someone you can trust 200% in this game you need to keep them around! (But I'm sure I don't have to tell you that do I Harry?)
I will try to sort out part lists this week so I can steer people in the right direction but we honestly found alll our best parts and many alternatives with simple web research and lots of driving round the U.K. and E.U. We have always wanted to provide versions off the peg for people but people at Hydroshops and Distributors either don't understand our systems or try to rip them off(badly) so we are busy with our solicitor buddy sorting out some patents and hope to sell via our own premises and web site etc in the next 2 summers or so.Inshallah! Avoiding all the idiots we have dealt with in the past hopefully and providing a fair deal with backup and guaruntees. Although we may be based in Espana by then as we are more interested in using the controllers for major irrigation projects bcos we realised recently that we don't really have a competitor in the 'legal' irrigation market either and want a bit more 'Real' sunlight in our lives.The Sodium glow is gettin us down!
Good growing mate and I'll speak to ya soon JBo
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Londinium I am mainly interested in the flood and drain operation. I have been checking out those Mitsu controller. I know a little bit about PLC'S. Do you have to use the controller system software to actually program the setting's to your specific needs or can you program the controller with the push buttons on the front of it? I am seriously thinking of making one of these controller's..........
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