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    Hi Lam,thanks. when i pass by the nigropurpurea i was ignoring it thinking it already dried up. we discuss,thought and hesistate.Our group turned back and [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] it was like scrutinizing and admiring a brand new high tech vehicle..Robert [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Hey Josh, I grew an ampularia that way. I had it sitting in regular nep mix over a reservoir. I had a little aquarium pump in the reservoir and it pumped water into the pot, which drained back into the reservoir. I had it set to only flow for a couple minutes per day, which is plenty to flush it out. It grew great! I had it that way for over a year, and am kinda interested in trying it again.

    Great pics as always Robert! I never get tired of neps in their natural habitat!

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    Josh,
    I am not sure it's the same as the hydroponics item you mentioned. Tubing carries water from the resevoir(via pumP at the bottom to the top, where it just trickles down. Just enough to cover the surface of the table, but constant moving water.
    Is that the same as an ebb & Flow table?

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    Josh allows the water directed to the pot whereas you let the water pass by the roots,did i get it right?

    robert

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    Hi Joe & Robert,

    The ebb/flow table is different, more for doing a whole bunch of plants instead of the odd one or two. Basically the table is a watertight plastic box with a solenoid controlled drain valve and pump. There's a grid ontop (eggcrate) that has spaces to hold pots of various sizes (usually net pots) the table is flooded and then drained out a few times per hour. You need fast draining/open media for this (hence the net pots). Because otherwise the water will just sit on the roots and that's the same as clogged soil that doesn't drain.

    What you guys mention is what I was gonna do for some Darlingtonias this spring/summer, just have a trickle from a small pump. An aquarium power head is cheaper than an actual "pump". Just gotta be sure the soil ingredients you use will drain rapidly as you may encounter root rot otherwise.

    BTW if you want to try clay for your plants check out the fabricated soils for planted aquariums, Flourite by Seachem and there are others now too which are baked clay granules that are perfect size (about 2-3mm) to give tons of surface area and water retention but not compacting. Add some sphagnum to lighten it a bit and add a tad more water retention to keep it from dryng too quick. The Flourite brand is slightly Iron enriched so you may want to watch it. Plain old fashioned Kitty Litter (no fancy color specks or scent absorbing stuff) is fired clay granules that are neutral in PH and chemical composition and often used as a base for planted aquariums when Flourite or similar products are not available. Kitty Litter is very dusty (as is the Flourite) so you must rinse and rinse and rinse til the water runs clear before use.

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