A 'Classic' Re-Design

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The ongoing project this time is to install an air pump and air stone into my Classic. Why? Because I want to move away from the water pumps which have proven so unreliable for me, having an aerated AG (similar system to the new AG6 line) will make things more reliable and save my sanity!

 

How to aerate your Classic/Deluxe/Pro100 or Pro200 using an air stone and air pump for better growth.

How to remove your water pump and use wicks (with the air stone) to grow.

How to use the newer AG6 type pods in your Classic - temporarily on hold while I grow cucumbers, but, see my cucumber main page as I've used one AG6 pod in my Classic; which has worked very well.

 

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AirTech 70 Air Pump        Manifold - Adjustable Taps

 

 General Hydroponics Flora Series Nutrient Dosage (for lettuce)

Week 0 (starting week) - Seedling Phase - Flora Micro 2.1mL, Flora Grow 2.1mL, Flora Bloom 2.1mL (all per 3.2 litres), pH is 6.3, EC is 0.8

Week 1 - Mild Growth Phase - Flora Micro 4.2mL, Flora Grow 8.5mL, Flora Bloom 4.2mL (all per 3.2 litres), pH is 6.3, EC is 1.7 

Week 3 (onwards) - Vegetative Growth Phase - Flora Micro 6.3mL, Flora Grow 10.6mL, Flora Bloom 2.1mL (all per 3.2 litres), pH is 6.3, EC  is 1.7

Remain on the Vegetative Growth Phase indefinitely for the lifespan of the lettuce. Depending on the EC, you either top up your reservoir with fresh water or a batch of nutrients - see my guide for further details.
 

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Orlando Jude (not verified)

Thanks all.  Will see if I can get it back on.

 

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Gisette has it spot on, the more bubbles the better - lots of small ones are better than fewer big ones.

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You mean taking off the airstone? Hm. No, I wouldn't think fewer bigger bubbles would actually do the job just as well. I heard once from aquarium-owner-type people that it's the bubbles popping at the surface that aerates the water. More bubbles better.

Orlando Jude (not verified)

Me too!  Me too!  

Especially now that we're "enjoying" this lovely 104 degree heat index. Horrors!!

Peat:  Once again, you've got me thinking.  (but that's really a good thing) 

One of my AG6+'s wasn't giving out many bubbles, so I called in and they suggested taking off the aereator, which I did.  (the hose was also clampted to tightly) but I'm now getting large bubbles, which should do the job just as well according to cust service, but would be nice to be able to control it all.

Hmmmmmm

 

 

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If only, just imagine all that plant growing light - I would have to hack my way into the room with a machete. 

Your dream cottage sounds idyllic and tempting, reserve one for me as well please.

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Planning a solarium, are you? 

I dream of that... After my daughter finishes high school, moving to a cottage with some garden down by the long walking beach in the town next door - I love that beach.

But, we'll see.

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The sound level is something you don't want in a room where you relax...

No, it's not too bad, out of hearing distance in the kitchen. The other pump had started to get intermittently noisy and was louder when it went through it's 'I'm going to annoy you' phase. This one will do for the foreseeable future, when we get out of this place into a bigger house then it will come into it's own - just think what I can build here with no space worries.

 

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That's a serious pump. How's the sound level?

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The little Rena 400 Air Pump has been doing a fine job with my AG's, the air output into my air stone in the DIY system is not a strong as I would like though...

I've therefore upgraded my pump to a better model which will suit me fine for the future, I will be able to run a number of air stones without the need to buy another air pump.

What I have now is an Evolution Aqua Airtech 70 pump, it comes complete with air line, manifold etc.

The manifold has adjustable taps which can control the air flow, I've got two air stones in the DIY unit and one in the AeroGarden, the AG one has a one way air valve in it (the little blue plastic cylinder with the arrow on) - the pump is below the water line and I don't want the water syphoning back into the pump when it's turned off.

Evolution Aqua Airtech 70     Taps control the air flow

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I do know the feeling. When it settles down to drizzling and sleeting, dancing across the freezing mark, I want beef stew with fresh bread slathered in butter. Cold - especially dank wet cold - makes me hungry!

It's not quite there yet here. Though the forecast sounds like winter arrives this coming week, at least for its first visit.

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