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Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-25-2014, 11:01 PM
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Posted By MontyJ
I am probably have to build me a test swamp...

I am probably have to build me a test swamp cooler to see how it really works...being from Missouri and all, LoL.

I am not hung up on BTU's, watts, or tons. But heat exchange rates can be defined...
Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-23-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 22,973
Posted By MontyJ
GpsFrontier, While I like your enthusiasm,...

GpsFrontier,

While I like your enthusiasm, I'm from Missouri (not really!) and it takes a 2x4 whack upside the head sometimes for me to "get past the numbers", LoL.

Example. I sent my heat...
Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-22-2014, 12:05 PM
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Views: 22,973
Posted By MontyJ
First, a big THANK YOU to everyone that posted...

First, a big THANK YOU to everyone that posted tips, hints, and constructive comments!

As you may have gleaned, I have 3 major problems:

1. Summer temps
2. Very, very hard water, at 700+ PPM...
Forum: Hydroponics 06-19-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,429
Posted By MontyJ
My 'common sense' was telling me that with the...

My 'common sense' was telling me that with the huge heat load from the buckets, tubing, and unshielded reservoir, etc, the load from the bubbler was miniscule, so I did not worry about it.

But, I...
Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-19-2014, 10:56 AM
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Views: 22,973
Posted By MontyJ
Ok, some more pics. 1 - Return feed plumbing...

Ok, some more pics.

1 - Return feed plumbing details. I could have put the thru-wall fittings on the bottom of the bucket for more complete drainage, but wanted the option to put the buckets on a...
Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-19-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 22,973
Posted By MontyJ
Being "water" intensive, those fruits should do...

Being "water" intensive, those fruits should do very well in a hydroponic setup!

Will put up some more pics today.
Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-19-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 22,973
Posted By MontyJ
Those are some great ideas! Being in Mexico,...

Those are some great ideas!

Being in Mexico, retired, and on a budget, I tend to do things incrementally, out of necessity. While we do have a Home Depot, it is not near as complete as those in...
Forum: Hydroponics 06-18-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,429
Posted By MontyJ
Yes, I do have it on all the time. I knew it had...

Yes, I do have it on all the time. I knew it had to be injecting hot air, but rather assumed it would be a better tradeoff to leave it on all the time. I guess I just thought the nutes would lose all...
Forum: Your Hydroponics Setup 06-18-2014, 12:17 PM
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Posted By MontyJ
First effort drip bucket system 14 headed to 20!

Hola to All,

A real experiment, LoL. First time hydroponic effort. Pics show some efforts and results so far.

The idea was a "compromise" system, i.e. a variety of plants, knowing I could not...
Forum: Hydroponics 06-13-2014, 11:39 AM
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Views: 7,429
Posted By MontyJ
Question Hot climate growing pains!

Hola to All!

Yes, I am in Mexico, the Sonoran desert to be more specific. and it is hot here, of course. And I need some advice on how to proceed (or not!) with my drip bucket system during the...
Forum: Hydroponics 01-17-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,754
Posted By MontyJ
Thanks for the comment! I was hoping a "somewhat...

Thanks for the comment! I was hoping a "somewhat happy compromise" could be reached, knowing it would not be optimum for any of the plants. But if the choice is that stark, then looks like I need to...
Forum: Hydroponics 01-15-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,255
Posted By MontyJ
Another fairly inexpensive idea is to build a...

Another fairly inexpensive idea is to build a peltier cooling system. I have some parts on order to build one because I have the same water temp problem (but no cistern, LoL).

Using a couple cpu...
Forum: Hydroponics 01-15-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 6,754
Posted By MontyJ
Noob looking at a "dual-mode" system

Hola to Everyone,

Admitted newbie here!:)

I want to start an outdoor hydroponics system for a variety of veggies and fruits. I have an old, unused fountain on a large open patio that can hold...
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