The scientific community has only focused on DWC from what I have seen. It would be great to know the best practices for media beds based on test like this. Thanks for sharing your results.
Community AP said:
If it is working for you then that is great. My point was less flooding equals better development. I have two fast flows for herbs and testing but my slow fill on 35 minutes produces better results, even with peppers.
I've run constant pumping with siphon flood and drain and guess what, it worked just fine.
I've also run constant flow/flood, and that worked fine until the banana completely blocked the bed with roots causing overflow issues.
I've run timed flood and drain with 15 minute pumping and 45 minute off, that worked too.
I've run timed flood and drain with shorter fill times and longer dry times using the indexing valves so that I could flood beds in sequence and keep almost constant return flow going to the fish tank but giving the beds more dry time, this works really well.
All of the above was with media beds of course and I'm rather partial to them for backyard growing. I actually like a combo of methods when I might have a few beds getting constant flood/flow to grow things like water plants (watercress and water chestnuts) while I have constant flow to the fish tank and then I can alternate flow to grow beds and towers using automated valves and indexing valves to give more air time to the plants while still providing constant filtration and at the same time minimizing water level fluctuation issues.