How to Use an Autopot System
Autopot systems will need assembling differently depending on the number of pots / plants. This is actually quite a simple process.
Place the circular root control disc at the bottom of the Autopot tray, with metallic side facing up. This will ensure that roots don't grow into the Aquavalve tray and cause blockages that may inhibit the distribution of nutrient. The black marix discs also help to prevent blockages and should be placed in the bottom of your Autopot containers.
Fill the container with your chosen medium and pot your plants up in the system. Autopots work best with absorbent mediums with good capillary action. Coco coir is perfect for this, but remember to use coco specific feeds when choosing nutrients. Soil is fine, but heavier grades work best when mixed with up to 50% perlite.
It's always advisable to place a layer of pebbles at the bottom of each container to stop plants from becoming water logged.
Water your plants from the top down in an external area and allow pots to drain fully outside of the Autopot Trays.
Allow 7 – 10 days of top down hand-watering before filling the reservoir with nutrient.
Note that Autopot systems work best with mineral based nutrient solution. Organic feeds can leave residues that may lead to blockages. Consider using Athena Cleanse alongside your other nutrients to prevent salt build-ups that could cause blockages.
To check that the Aquavalve is functioning properly, hold it at eye level and take a close look at the yellow silicon which is fitted into the top float. In order for the Aquavalve to function correctly, a tight seal should be formed between this float and the hole that sits underneath it. If it doesn't sit properly over the hole, lift the top float up, remove the yellow silicon and give it a quick clean. When you put it back into position it should form a tight seal.
The Aquavalve should be cleaned after each grow using warm soapy water and a cloth.