Thursday, August 7, 2008

Organizing Your Channels

Arranging your channels can make a big difference to system design. This is an example of arranging the channels in parallel. At first that seems like a great idea, very geometric and regular. What it does mean is that you can minimize the support structure, here it is just two U-shaped sections of thin walled conduit. There are two down sides in my experience:
  1. You can't get to the inside channels easily and as the plants grow it becomes a jungle. But even at the beginning it is impossible to reach the inner channels to manipulate the support strings or maintain the system.
  2. You have to build a nutrient return to the tank.
So this is an example of a channel organization that seems quite natural but doesn't work out all that well.

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