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So the two toughest parts of the system are light placement and plumbing. Jonathan Kadish came by the school to help me think about the plumbing. In an email a week later, I told him I was going to scrap the vertical idea and just go with horizontal grow beds because I was concerned about the difficulties. This was his response…

“Vertical farming is the future and it will make your system much more attractive and futuristic. I implore you to reconsider, so much so I have done these renderings… I think it will be great in this format! I’ll make you a deal, I will build the doors and donate two 4 bulb 2 foot fixtures. 186 watts of T5s should do it for the vertical area. I will come down sometime in around the 19th to install them. Do we have a deal?”
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This past month, the students and I have been crunching numbers concerning percentages and ratios of water changes. I (personally) have been tinkering with the plumbing of the system to get used to drilling and sealing holes so there are no leaks. I am thinking of scrapping the vertical towers just because the lighting will be extremely tricky and the set up will be very top heavy. I want the system to be in the hallway so the entire school can get excited about the project. We are a K-8 school  and I think the kids will love it. Aquaponic Plan 14Thanks to Jonathan Kadish for the visit and advice.

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