Man... When I'm sick I distract myself with work.
So after seeing that 5 gallons of water 5 foot in the air isn't leaking... I went ahead and installed my blumats.
They've been soaking for a week or two now... I actually had to add water to the container they were in last week lol.
I mixed up 5 gallons of nutes, following recipie for future reference (and I'm forgetful as shit)
18ml PH down.
This gave me a final measurement of
res temp at time of mixing 73 degrees F.
Installing the blumats
It's pretty straight forward...
Blumats work on some kind of magic lol
Pulled from Blumats Website
Edit: Below was my sick rambling, Leaving for content. The Ceramic ball is actually a membrane. Don't mind me lol.
- Tighten adjustment valve (brown knob) on the Blumat all the way closed.
- Jam the lil green/ceramic thing (the blumat) down into the pot, orient the 3mm drip tube so it's not dripping on a stem.
- Hook up 8mm black feeder lines (I will be ordering the superflex stuff, the black tubing is stiff and sucks, it wants to retain its shape from shipping)
- Install 2nd shutoff valve at the end so you can drain air from system.
- At this point everything should be hooked up and valves are closed at the moment.
Priming the System
Open res shutoff valve. When I did I could actually hear the water flow for half a second.
Have a container for 2nd shutoff valve to catch water.
Open 2nd valve slowly, until you have a steady stream, should only take a second or two. Close 2nd valve.
Your system is now primed!
Setting your blumats for optimal moisture level
- Ideally, you install the blumat Tropf in your pots when they are at the moisture level you'd like to maintain. (It's recommended to water heavy, wait 24hrs then install)
I just watered last night, not "heavy" but enough so when I was done watering the drip tray was full. Tonight when I installed my blumats the tray was dry. Thanks winter.
- You want to turn the adjustment valve open enough to get water out of the 3 mm drip line. I figured there would still be some air in the system so I opened mine and let it run for 10 seconds or so.
- Once your satisfied there is no air in the system, slowly close the adjustment valve (brown thing on top) until the end of your 3mm tube will "hold" a drop of water.
I didn't feel like waiting for 15 minutes to see if it dripped, for the first night i'm going with just a bit more aggressive watering. I have it adjusted to where a drop every 30 seconds or so is going right now. Tomorrow at lights on, I'll check moisture and adjust accordingly.
- 2nd Shutoff Valve is good for checking res PPM/PH without moving res.
- Reserved for more musings.
- I edit way too much.