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    Hydroponic ACMETANK

    Grow Water Wise Vegetables using Hydroponics!

    Whether you are new to gardening or an expert, you will love the low maintenance and fast results of ACMETANK. The constant supply of flowers, fresh herbs and vegetables, from a seemingly small area, will amaze you. Yet the reason is simple - your plants are constantly being watered, fed and oxygenated. Now you can grow what you like, where you like, how you like.

    Productive
    Extensive trials over three years have proven that the ACMETANK consistently delivers world class yields. We challenge you to find a more productive garden – anywhere.

    Versatile
    The ACMETANK has no complicated plumbing, and uses only a tiny five watt pump. With a huge 110 litre (30 gallon) inbuilt reservoir, nutrient management has never been easier. This means that you can go away on a week’s holiday, or even longer, with no concerns at all.

    Easy To Use
    Attach the pump, add water, add nutrient, adjust the pH and that’s it! Turn it on and grow.

    Water Wise
    Conserve water with no more indiscriminate watering of plants. It is up to 80% more water efficient than soil based gardening.

    Indoors
    The ACMETANK is excellent for indoor growers, because the tank is made in light colours which reflect heat and light.

    Build To Last
    The ACMETANK is made from a UV stabilised, potable grade plastic and will last ten years indoors or outside

    Aquaculture
    The ACMETANK can easily be incorporated into an aquaculture system.

    The ACEMETANK is a hydroponic garden in which a complete nutrient is dissolved in the water. A small pump keeps the roots constantly watered, oxygenated, and fed. The plants grow much faster than in soil.

    We recommend using expanded clay as a growing medium. The clay is inert and can be reused. It provides structural support for the roots as well as insulation against light and heat. It’s porosity allows the enriched water to feed the roots via capillary action.

    A five watt pump which circulates about 180 to 250 litres per hour is ideal. It will cost about 2 cents a day to run or can be powered by a small solar panel.

    Color Choice

    Quick Setup

    • 01. Place the Acmetank in a sunny, level position with access to power.
    • 02. Fill the tank with water until it overflows from the flood outlet.
    • 03. Attach the 13mm (1/2 inch) tub inlet to the tray at the high bridge end. Attach the 25mm (I inch) tub outlet to the tray at the low bridge end.
    • 04. Attach the pump to the 13mm (1/2 inch) hose and attach the hose to the 13mm (1/2 inch) tub inlet at the high bridge end.
    • 05. Place the tray on top of the tank and fill the tray with 40 litres ( 10.5 gallons) of expanded clay.
    • 06. Turn on the pump and run it continuously. Add nutrient as per the manufacturers instructions.
    • 07. After running for one hour, adjust the pH if needed.
    Acme Tanks Setup

    Tips

    • 01. Follow the sun: move the tank to a good winter sun area when the days begin to shorten.
    • 02. Drain the tank at least once a month and replenish it with fresh water and nutrient.
    • 03. Plants that like a lot of water, such as watercress, wasabi and mint, can be grown bare rooted (without clay) in the sump at the high bridge end.
    • 04. If planting seeds, simply sprinkle them on top of the expanded clay. Run your hand gently over the clay causing the seeds to fall into the cracks. Then very gently water the seeds.
    • 05. If planting seedlings from punnets, wash most of the soil away from the roots.
    • 06. It’s a good habit to adjust the pH to 6 after adding water each week.
    • 07. It’s not necessary to add extra nutrient every time you top up the water.
    • 08. In summer plants will use more water. Larger plants such as beans, tomatoes and cucumbers will need additional support such as stakes, frames or bobbins.
    • 09. Most plants will grow fastest at around 24 - 28º Celcius (80 - 92º Fahrenheit). You can control this in cold weather by introducing a 200 watt submersible aquarium heater set at 25º Celcius.
    • 10. Remove dead and fallen leaves regularly.
    • 11. A drainage tap can be fitted to either end of the tank for easy cleaning.
    • 12. Newly transplanted plants require some shade in very hot weather.
    • 13. Experiment !

    A Guide to Plant Selection

    As your plants do not have to compete for nutrient or water, you can comfortably grow a dozen or more different herbs in one tank at the same time. Best results come from selecting plants with similar requirements. For example use one tank for salad and herbs (group A). Use a separate tank for plants that need a higher nutrient level (group B). Fruiting and flowering plants will need to be supplemented with a bloom nutrient.

    Group A
    Asparagus ~ Basil ~ Chilli - Chives ~ Dill ~ Fennel ~ Lettuce ~ Marjoram ~ Pak Choi ~ Parsley ~ Peas ~ Rocket ~ Rosemary ~ Sage Spinach ~ Tatsoi ~ Thyme ~ Wasabi ~ Watercress

    Group B
    Beans ~ Broccoli ~ Brussel Sprouts ~ Cabbage ~ Capsicum ~ Celery ~ Cucumber ~ Eggplant ~ Mint ~ Okra ~ Oregano ~ Rhubarb Silver Beet ~ Sweet Corn ~ Tarragon ~ Tomato ~ Watermelon ~ Zucchini