I’ve been reading a lot of opinions on drain-to-waste vs. recirculating, and they always seem to exclude some basic info for noobies. So, I’m wondering if someone can take some time to answer some basic noob questions. Stay light on opinion and high on substance please, I don’t learn as much when everyone is wagging their dicks around
So I feel like recirculating makes sense as the water is acting as a thermal buffer and helps to keep the root zone temperate more stable.If you are using drain-to-waste how are you keeping your roots nice and cool? Are you relying solely on the misting? If so, how are you keeping the water cold enough to regulate that temperature? Is it being chilled as it leaves the accumulator? Or is the accumulator itself being chilled? Are you relying on a physical air conditioner? Do you still use an insulated build chamber?
In terms of drain-to-waste, I’m not sure if this is just a frequently used misnomer for ‘I empty my nutrients on a scheduled basis’. Or did you actually modify your aerokit to allow for drain-to-waste, and if so, where are your pictures? What was your build process. What is your current maintenance schedule like?
Lastly, if you are running an stock aerokit or a similar recirculating system and you are emptying your nutes on a scheduled basis, what does your schedule look like? Can you share your schedule & your process? ie. Every x number of weeks I run the pump on drain until… at which point I… and then I add X ml of nutrient A, B, C… etc…