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#1 Paul

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 11:52 PM

Please note that I have not had time to research any of this, since arriving home earlier tonight. This is all raw data that I compiled while in Phnom Penh.

 

A really nice Thai lady, who speaks both Khmer and English, as well as her native Thai, has a business in Phnom Penh. Unfortunately, due to short notice, she was unavailable, she did light a fire under her staff's asses, and got them helping us. (Will explain this later.) 

 

Anyway, the business is called Kannika Hydroponics Store (and Farm, about 100 meters away). The business is about 6kms south of Phnom Penh proper (well, the area I hang around, anyway). 

 

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I am going to contact the owner and ask her to email me a price list. I took some images while there. But, most were blurry. I couldn't see well, due to the intensity of the sun coming into the store while there. But, they offered quite a bit of what we would need, to start out, including: 

 

Pumps:
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These are all 230vac pumps. I would prefer to go with DC pumps, personally. I am considering bilge pumps. From growing up on the ocean, little RULE bilge pumps tended to be pretty bullet proof.

 

For media, they offer Perlite, Vermiculite, and Expanded Clay.

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Perlite

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Vermiculite

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Expanded Clay

Image I stole from the internet. But, it looks just like the clay I photographed.

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They offer starter trays for seedlings. (I definitely want to have a raft included in my systems, especially after seeing the young English guy's tomatoes doing so well that way. Won't hurt to try!)

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They also have PE Polyethylene irrigating tubing and fittings, if I want to go that route. Perhaps some limited use. But, I think I want to stick with PVC pipe, for most of my system. I am accustomed to working with it. (I am open to change this view, depending on findings.)

 
Additionally, they have seeds, as well as other parts and accessories necessary to get started in a hydroponics system. (Nothing offered for aquaponics, unfortunately.) A few more photos, though:
 
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My apologies for the quality of the photos. The sun was too bright and I couldn't see the display of the camera very well.

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Posted 19 February 2016 - 12:53 AM

Added additional images to the grow media section.


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 01:34 AM

Good trip then Paul? Expanded Clay Aggregate - fair price. I use this product about 5" over the top base of gravel (Helps keep down the cost).

What price where the seeds Paul? and what country where they from? 



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Posted 20 February 2016 - 10:03 AM

Good trip then Paul? Expanded Clay Aggregate - fair price. I use this product about 5" over the top base of gravel (Helps keep down the cost).

What price where the seeds Paul? and what country where they from? 

 

Yeah, I think so. Lady was very nice, as well. 

 

I don't remember what they said about the price of the seeds. I forgot. I can shoot her an email to ask, though. Here are some further images I took, price list pages. (Not all, but a few to get an idea of what they stock.)

 

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 11:24 PM

Super fog set N4! Micro jets. I could adapt for the aeroponics. Good store Paul, and the price of things seem ok. With the clay growing media, there may be chance of a discount on bulk buys.



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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:47 AM

Super fog set N4! Micro jets. I could adapt for the aeroponics. Good store Paul, and the price of things seem ok. With the clay growing media, there may be chance of a discount on bulk buys.

 

I figure, from what I have learned by watching videos and communicating with guys on YouTube (guys who have been doing this for years, by the way), that I would probably use Perlite or Vermiculite, mixed with Coconut Coir, to germinate the seedlings. Then, after the plants have sprouts and roots, transfer them into their respective systems using net / split cups, until they mature.

 

I want some grow beds using the expanded clay pellets. That's one thing I really like about what I am learning. We can have different types of growing systems, all tied together. The fish will provide the nutrients. I just need to sort what I want to grow, and what type of system I want to use.

 

I have put a lot of thought and research into this. I think my systems will include:

 

1. Deep Water Culture, utilizing rafts for plants with higher volume root systems.

2. Nutrient Film Technique, utilizing PVC pipes for smaller, more green leafy veggies.

3. Media Grow Beds for plants that are larger, or that may need to run.

4. Dutch Buckets for root crops.

 

Not so sure about item #2, for the moment. I believe I will focus on the Deep Water Culture and Ebb and Flow beds. 


Edited by Paul, 31 August 2016 - 09:10 AM.
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Posted 26 February 2016 - 02:35 AM

Lots of good research and good thought gone into your proposed system Paul. 



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Posted 28 February 2016 - 02:35 AM

I have put a lot of thought and research into this. I think my systems will include:

 

1. Deep Water Culture, utilizing rafts for plants with higher volume root systems.

2. Nutrient Film Technique, utilizing PVC pipes for smaller, more green leafy veggies.

3. Media Grow Beds for plants that are larger, or that may need to run.

 

Lots of good research and good thought gone into your proposed system Paul. 

 

My tentative plan:

 

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Naturally, I wouldn't start out with all of that in place. But, I would set it up so I could expand to that. Start with the sections closest together first. Then, add the additional sections as I can afford to.

 

I even thought of an area to raise my fry. :) (I'm sure I am forgetting something else, though, like a second filter. It can go next to the radial filter, later.)


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 02:28 AM

I have been working on the layout, making changes I feel are necessary. This should be, after completion, about 4 meters by 3 meters, all covered area.

 

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The flow filter, IF made by 20 liter water dispenser bottles. If, however, I can source a single 40 liters to 60 liters tank with a conical bottom, I will use it instead.

 

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 01:39 AM

UPDATE: Kannika is great to deal with. Place your order, send the money via Wing, and they ship your order via bus right away.


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