This is coming from a completely genuine place of curiosity. Sorry if it’s been covered elsewhere, I couldn’t locate any threads on it since the search function on here is kind of clunky.
Does anyone know why the window farms system (diy version) uses an air lift system as opposed to a water pump system?
Is it energy consumption?
It seems like the air lift system over complicates the system – adding additional parts and experimenting. Wouldn’t it be more simple to get a larger water source (E.G. 5 gallon bucket) and drop the water pump in and use the rest of the setup the same? This would obviously require you to use non-recycled materials – but I think most people are just buying water bottles anyway for the system, and a 5 gallon bucket would last forever with adequate care.
Is the reason aesthetics?
I guess a bucket on the floor doesn’t look nearly as visually pleasing as the hanging bottle version, but there has to be some kind of work around for this.
Really interested to hear other builder’s thoughts on this.
I have mine currently set up with the air lift system and it seems to work out alright – but in the spirit of the project I am on the lookout for alternatives to make everyone’s lives easier.