Using Ebb & Flow to Scale the GRO.io Platform to 12-24 Plants
When we first sat down to design the GRO.io platform our goal was to build something that anyone could use to grow with great results. We wanted to make it both easy-peasy (for the newbie grower) and really damn good at what it did (to please the experienced grower).
Part of that design process was selecting the right hydroponics style out of many available options. We settled on a hybrid, crossing Recirculating Deep Water Culture (RDWC) system with the best aspects of an Ebb & Flow system.
Plants in the standard GRO.io system sit in a nutrient rich water solution that is circulated on a scheduled basis, but they also can take advantage of the oxygen boosting benefits of Ebb & Flow with additionally scheduled cycles of complete water flushing and refilling. The user can even define the duration of hold times between the flush-to-fill ensuring their root systems obtain the maximum fresh air oxygen bath possible.
Everything works extremely well but some trade-offs were made, namely scale. Our built-in circulation pump is sized to circulate about 20 gallons of water at a time, enough for a six plant grow. But what if you wanted to go more?, Say 12 or 24 plants?
Fortunately we’ve found a great solution, Ebb & Flow…..