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I've been rolling this idea in my head for a while now and I think I have finally came up with the best posible environment and the least amount of maintenance for an MC. I think the biggest problem people people have is that they think the more complicated settup will lead to better results. Unfortionately, in my experience, complicated things just lead to complications. For instants, I used to use a water heater but the damn thing would always need more water and if I forgot to fill the reservoir, it would burn out and I would have to buy a new one. Then I discovered heat pads and I never looked back. Mine is water proof and works well just barried under the perlite. No refilling of water required which means less steps (less work)
The same thing goes for humidifiers... Perlite is much easier to work with and less complicated. Humidifires require refilling and fine tunning and if arn't observed daily can lead to a whole crop lost. Perlite is also cheaper and uses less room.
Fish pumps are great and lower the amount of fanning required. For best results, I place the pump in a box with a filter...
I've found in conjunction: fish pumps, purlite, and a heat pad work great!
But still... fanning is a pain in the ass and god knows I'm lazy as hell.
With this in mind, I have been working on some ideas to rid my self of waisting this time and doing more important things like smoking with my friends, chasing naked women, and playing guitar.
So I brain stormed with my sea monkeys and this is what we came up with...
The Plan: Technically the fish pump should be all the air that the crop needs but those who have tried know that C02 will build up in the bottom due to being heavier than 02. This can sufocate our little friends or at best slow growth. So how can we solve this?... The best idea I could come up with is this; use a fan inside MC container to circulate the air (much like using an elect. fan in a stale room)
This fan will be inside the container and will not be ported on the side pushing dry air into the settup (that would be bad)
Problems: this is the hard part because I'm well aware of the 95% RH and how this will rust the hell out of the motor.
Solved: I'm going to drill a very small hole on the side of the wall... maybe 2 millimeters in diameter. What I plan to do is mount the motor part of the fan on the out side of the plastic wall and the prop on the inside of the wall. I'll try to use a small size fan for now (aprx. 2-3 in diameter) in a 60 gal bin. The fan will be disassembled untill just the motor and prop are left. The prop is taken off and the motor will be mounted so that the shaft goes through the hole and it is a relatively snug fit. Silicone grease is applied to the hole and shaft. This will relieve friction (clean thoughts please)... The prop is glued or snapped back on and that should be it. I'm not shure how I'm going to mount the motor but I'm hoping some duck tape should do the trick.
Indeed, that is very similar to what what I'm doing... thanks for the link.
Arn't you worried that the fan could short out like that? It seems to me, that after a few
months the fan could and prob will short out and that could make a fire hazard. I was thinking
a surge protector with a fuse could reduce risk but they can cost a bit.
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