DWC Technology Complete with 25mm Icetube Pipe, for Cooler Nutrient Temps and Massively Reduced Chances of Encountering a Blockage
The IWS Pro DWC System saves you time and effort, while delivering incredible growth rates. By connecting each bubbler to the IWS Brain and a Flexi Tank reservoir, you can manage multiple plants simultaneously, from the same place. Deep water culture systems deliver extremely high levels of oxygen via airstones, promoting vibrant health and vigour. With 25mm pipe, the Pro version drains quicker than its 13mm counterparts, and the likelihood of encountering a blockage is massively reduced. This version also comes with Icetube Pipe, which helps to reduce nutrient temperatures in the system, thanks to its white reflective outer layer and its black core.
How the IWS DWC System Works
Deep water culture (DWC) is a popular growing technique where roots are suspended in net pots over heavily oxygen infused nutrient solution in what is commonly referred to as 'bubbler'. Using deep water culture as a growing method has a long list of benefits. For a start, there's less medium to deal with, with only a small quantity of clay pebbles required to support initial root growth within the net pot. This means that waste is kept to an absolute minimum. Root systems thrive in heavily oxygenated water and produce amazing results with notable increases in yields.
However, when dealing with larger numbers of bubblers, nutrient solution changes, checks and general maintenance can become a bit of pain when each unit is attended to individually. IWS Bubbler Kits solve all of these problems in one fell swoop by connecting each bubbler to a reservoir tank. The float switch technology developed in their flood & drain kits has been put to use here to fill, empty and top up individual bubblers according to a programmed schedule. You no longer have to deal with separate containers; just make up nutrient solution for the reservoir and let the brain do the rest. Because nutrients can be drawn back to the reservoir for periods at different times of the day, solutions become properly mixed and are spread evenly across each bubbler in the system at all times.
The Flexi Tank has been tested to absolute destruction and has never faltered yet. The team behind IWS have invested in an extremely heavy research program; test after test has been performed and at no point has the Flexi Tank ever given way. They offer all of the functionality of a standard water butt, but can be packed away into a tiny space. They're easier to transport and can be stored in a fraction of the area that typical reservoirs can. IWS are heavily behind the Flexi Tank and we can see why.
What's Different About the Pro Version?
IWS Pro DWC systems come with 25mm pipe and fittings. With larger piping, you can drain nutrients back to your reservoir more quickly, which minimises the length of time that roots need to spend without nutrient solution. Drain times are especially important on systems with larger numbers of Oxypots. Using larger pipework also helps to prevent blockages in the system, reducing the liklihood of encountering a major issue.
The Benefits of Icetube Pipe
Icetube pipe lowers the temperature of the nutrient solution in your system using a simple but effective dual-core design. A white outer layer reflects light and lowers heat levels within the pipe, while the black inner layer protects against UV. This has a profound effect on the overall temperature of your nutrients. Lower nutrient temps (18°C) mean fewer problems and healthier plants. If nutrient temps exceed 21°C, the quantity of dissolved oxygen that your nutrient solution can hold is drastically reduced and your reservoir becomes a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Every degree counts, especially during the summer – Icetube piping could well be the difference between a completely failed crop and a bumper harvest.