EBB AND FLOW SYSTEM
The Reservoir

ebband flow mini farm




   SMALL EBB AND FLOW SYSTEM
   Part 4: The Reservoir


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8.
Make a “dipstick” out of 1x1 stick or a wood dowel. Take the time as you add each 2 gallons of water to the reservoir bin to dip the stick in and mark the dowel with permanent marker at each level. This will help you gauge the nutrient level later without removing the top and plants.



make your own dipstick
filling the reservoir
using an old-fashioned dipstick


9
. Fill the black bin (reservoir) with 10 gallons of water. Add a nutrient concentrate of choice. If you are using GH Flora Series (recommended), add 10 tsp. each of the Flora Grow, Flora Micro & Flora Bloom, (one at a time, in that order). [Order it in quart bottles, link provided later]. Adjust the pH of the solution with a test kit (more on this later, too). Plug in the bubbler and pump and test the system for operation and leaks. Note: the setup must be on a level surface.

ebb and flow pump in action
Flooding the tray

PROS AND CONS OF EBB AND FLOW:


Advantages:

  • Simple, flexible and reliable
  • Low cost; very little plumbing
  • Efficient use of water and nutrients; a "closed” system which reuses nutrient solution
  • Uses a small, inexpensive, quiet pump
  • Versatile; different sized pots can be placed together in one set-up

Drawbacks (not many!):

  • May be hard to keep the nutrient solution cool
  • Disease can spread quickly, as the plants all share the same nutrient source
  • Poor or incomplete drainage of the drain tray could cause root rot or fungal growth


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