Introduction to Plant Grow Chambers

Written by Kirk Gordon

Technically, grow chambers are not classified as a hydroponics growing technique. It's actually a housing or a container forrepparttar hydroponics system, accessories and lighting fixture.

Grow chambers are perfect forrepparttar 148015 home grower becauserepparttar 148016 system is enclosed, putting everything in one container and out of view. Of course, keeping your grow space nice and neat is only one ofrepparttar 148017 many benefits a grow chamber offers.

Some systems are approximatelyrepparttar 148018 size of a refrigerator allowing you to grow your plants in one side ofrepparttar 148019 chamber and mother plant with clones inrepparttar 148020 other. Grow chambers varies in size. The Phototron, for example, is much smaller thanrepparttar 148021 PowerGrow system. Phototron lights illuminate plants fromrepparttar 148022 side because they are placed vertically inrepparttar 148023 cube. Placing light vertically illuminaterepparttar 148024 whole plant without lost of lumens onrepparttar 148025 lower section of plants.

Most systems are built with a reflective interior to efficiently distribute light and increaserepparttar 148026 amount of lumens reachingrepparttar 148027 plants, resulting in a higher yield. Some systems are build with Foylon reflective interior to maximize luminescence to 99% light reflectivity.

A Co2 tank may be added to increase Carbon dioxide. If you paid attention in biology, you should know that plants intake Co2 and release oxygen. The system usually comes with built in ventilation for removing stale air and prevent heat build up. Some systems use VHO (Very High Output) fluorescent bulbs which does not generate as much heat as HID's or HPS lamps, but still offer a high lumen output. Using cool burning lamps allow you to placerepparttar 148028 plants closer torepparttar 148029 lights for maximum intensity without burning tender foliage.

Water Wall Units Explained

Written by Danielle Dickinson

Water walls are almost a must in today’s contemporary style gardens. Oftenrepparttar focal point ofrepparttar 147725 garden, this is due not only to their grandeur but also to their tactility. Modern day urban noise such as traffic can be drowned out by such a feature creating a calming environment favourable to sipping a glass of wine and enjoying relaxed conversation. Necessary to create these impressive walls is a prefabricated unit called a Water Wall Trough or Sheet Descent Unit. These units are specifically designed to produce an even flow of water alongrepparttar 147726 entire length ofrepparttar 147727 unit. There are two main types of Water Wall Troughs. Made from Stainless Steel, Copper or PVC, each type distributes repparttar 147728 water in a different way. Below we explainrepparttar 147729 differences betweenrepparttar 147730 two main types of Water Wall Troughs available.

Sheet Descent Water Wall Unit Water Distribution Effect

Pictured above, this unit distributesrepparttar 147731 water fromrepparttar 147732 trough overrepparttar 147733 spout or lip and downrepparttar 147734 surface ofrepparttar 147735 wall into a catchment reservoir or pond (can also be used as a ‘free-fall’ unit). This unit brings subtle noise and movement intorepparttar 147736 garden. Wonderfully tactile, it invites repparttar 147737 onlooker to touchrepparttar 147738 wall and feelrepparttar 147739 cool water running throughrepparttar 147740 hand. The shimmering effect ofrepparttar 147741 water can be captured at night withrepparttar 147742 inclusion of subtle lighting.


This unit should not be installed any higher than 2.0m above repparttar 147743 surface ofrepparttar 147744 water inrepparttar 147745 catchment reservoir. If used as a ‘free-fall’ unit this height reduces to 0.8m. Flow Requirement This unit requires approximately 4500 litres per hour per metre width. This should produce a film of water approximately 3mm thick. Some adjustment in flow is achievable withrepparttar 147746 use of an inline value. See examples 1 & 2 for further explanation.

Catchment Reservoir

Waterfall catchment troughs are designed to be positioned at repparttar 147747 base of a sheet descent water wall whererepparttar 147748 wall surface is fairly even ie. tiles, render, smooth stone, metal, glass etc. They are large enough to suit most submersible pumps. Where a surface is irregular and likely to cause splash such as with pebbles, rock etc a larger catchment reservoir should be used to stoprepparttar 147749 water from splashing out ofrepparttar 147750 feature. Not only is this a waste of water in times of drought but it is truly amazing how quickly a water feature can empty when splash becomes a problem. Rectangular Statue ponds are recommended in these circumstances.


The pump required is governed byrepparttar 147751 flow requirement and head height (ie.repparttar 147752 height at whichrepparttar 147753 waterfall is installed aboverepparttar 147754 surface ofrepparttar 147755 water inrepparttar 147756 catchment reservoir). Example 1:- Installing a 1.0m Sheet Descent at a head height of 2.0m

This unit has a flow requirement of 4500 litres per hour (4500 (litres) x 1 (metre)) therefore requires a pump that will supply 4500 lph at 2.0m high. Check pump performance charts to find a pump that will supply this flow atrepparttar 147757 required height. In this example a Blagdon Amphibious 8000 will push 4980 lph at 2.0m high and is therefore suitable. Example 2:- Installing a 0.8m Sheet Descent at a head height of 1.5m

This unit has a flow requirement of 3600 litres per hour (4500 (litres) x 0.8 (metres)) therefore requires a pump that will supply 3600 litres at 1.5m high. Check pump performance charts to find a pump that will supply this flow atrepparttar 147758 required height. In this example a Seerose UP90 Fountain Pump will push 3840 lph at 1.5m high and is therefore suitable. Projecting Water Wall Unit Water Distribution Effect

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