A fuse plant (or rather a thread container) is a simple solution for those who do not want to bother themselves with frequent irrigation of houseplants. For those who have not seen the article in the previous issue of Gan and Nof, we mention that these are two containers that are inserted one in the other, with the lower tank serving as a reservoir of water that is pumped into the upper tank using a thread installed at the bottom.
The container with the wick has no problem to be manually irrigated through the feed tube. But what happens when there is a large quantity of containers? Filling water in all of them is a task that will take a long time.
But there is a way to create an "automatic" irrigation system for a group of containers.
The idea is simple. Because of the combined tools law, the water will constantly aspire to be at a uniform level between the connected tanks and will therefore move from the water supply tank to the water tanks when the water level in them The height of the water in the feed tank should be equal to the height of the full medium in the water tanks (slightly below the level of the drainage holes), otherwise there will be constant water leakage from the holes.
How do you get it? By using a buoy similar to that used in the service's Niagara. In Niagara we usually use a floating buoy, but it is not suitable for narrow containers, so we will use a standing buoy (see pictures).
The buoy is connected to the external water source. When the water level reaches the maximum level, the buoy closes the feed line. When water is pumped from the feed tank into the buoyancy tanks, the source of the external water drops and the water flows into the tank. They will flow until they reach the height to which the float is directed - the maximum water level in the growth tanks.
The "automatic" system is ready
Materials for building water tank
Container - You can use the same 18 liter container with which we built the container or any other container.
Float - If you use the 18 liter tank, you need a standing buoy.
Adapter (mapped) - The standing float has a very thin exit pipe and to connect it to a 16mm pipe, an adapter is required.
Connects the buoy and the 16mm tube.
1-barrel barrel drain - to connect the irrigation tank to the growing tanks.
Angle - to connect the barrel drain to a 16mm tube.
Connecting the water supply tank
The construction process
Placing the buoy and fitting a 16 mm tube to the external water source
A. Drill with a hole cup drill into the buoy entrance tube.
B. Fasten the buoy and fasten.
third. Connectors Mapped (adapter) with the 16 mm pipe connector (connected to the water source).
Connection of a barrel drain - exit from the tank to the water supply pipe to the growing tanks
A. Drill with a hole cup drill to insert a barrel drain according to the drain diameter. The drainage position should be lower than the water level in the feed tank.
B. Connect the angle connector to a 16 mm pipe (which will lead to the growth containers).
Connect the water supply tank to the growing containers
A. The connection is made through a 16 mm pipe that exits the water feeder as stated.
B. The end of the 16 pipe should be closed (a dedicated bracket, a handcuff, wire, etc.).
third. For each container, a 5mm pin connector must be installed in the 16 mm tube. A suitable hole is needed. The stud leads to a 5 mm tube to the tumor container.
D. There is no limit to the number of containers that can be connected to one water tank, but it is recommended not to connect more than 20 tanks to one system, because if there is a problem (eg a stuck buoy) Large quantity of containers.
We received a system that works automatically, only without an irrigation machine. A simple and smart system.
"Automatic" irrigation system with thread pots
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