I didn’t mean to post twice. I was trying to tag at the end of my first post and it just closed out on me and disappeared. So I just retype it all and posted it. I apologize for that didn’t realize it posted it lol
I wish I would’ve bought some extra tubing, shutoff valves, the silicone squishy things and some extra t fittings. It would’ve been less expensive to buy it all together because of shipping cost for the small parts you might need later. Truth be told my system isn’t up and running yet so I have no practical experience. Very soon though…
That’s our job to keep everything tidy. Purp has you dialed in.
I run Autopot XL’s and chose hydroton in lieu of coco chips. My system came with a copper coated pad that prevents roots from growing out of the bottom. If using plastic pots you may want to reconsider using air. If using cloth pots it’s not necessary.
I know @Nicky has a thread in here for autopots starting out. One thing I wish I would have done is got the kit with the hard pots. You can get 5 gallon soft pots cheap for these from 247garden. I run air with both the hard pots and soft. I didn’t do to good my self with no air in the soft pot I tried. If you go air. it is a lot cheaper to go with air stones as to air domes. About 1/4 the cost. I have the 1/4" lines. But use these “in 1/4 inch” They work great and are much easier to use that the rain birds. I have yet to have a leak and use these fittings every where. Just make sure the end you put in the valve is clean. Hasn’t been used on some thing else. I am using clay balls. But am trying the plastic golf balls next. @ravenchief is doing great with them. I got a few of these kits. in 1/4"
I ended up placing a second order for extra lines, spring pots, both size silicon stoppers, tap from reservoir (because when when came it was broken) and a couple of line plugs. Might not need it all but for a few bucks I’ll have it on hand.
Use this silica
Lined bottom of pots with 16-18 of these
And run some of this to keep lines clean and soak all parts in after each harvest to clear salt buildup
In the middle of my first harvest using the AutoPots. They were neglected for 5-6 weeks as I had foot surgery and couldn’t get into tent.