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simple wicking setup for Phals any ideas?

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    Hi,

    Summer approaching, I am thinking of setting up a wicking system for mounted phals. I am thinking of setting up a soda bottle with a few wicks connected to the sphagnum moss on the mounts. the soda bottle would be at a higher elevation than my phals for the gravity to work in moving the water from the soda bottle to the sphagnum. thinking of refilling the reservoir once every few days.

    i remembered to have seen a post from a gentlemen in taiwan but did not bookmark the page and not able to get now.

    any ideas thoughts on my idea?

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    interesting idea. Anyone have experience doing something like this?

    cheers,
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    Sounds like a very good idea. Hope to get info from those who have experience using this method.

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    If the bottle is open, once the wicking flow starts, it will continue unabated until it drains the bottle - probably far sooner than every few days. I suppose that if you use small enough wicks, that would reduce the flow, but you'd have to experiment.

    If there is a rubber closure (I have used the thumb of a rubber glove), through which the wicks are poked, then that limits the amount of air entering the bottle - it has to enter through the wicks themselves - and that will help immensely. In this case, a thicker wick is probably better - I have always played with cotton string about 1 mm thick.

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    Sounds like an interesting idea. I found sphagnum moss is great for wicking up water and I've been adding some to my favorite medium of red lava rock for just that purpose. But using wicks or thread sounds like a really nice alternative. I will have to try this.

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    Thanks ray for your feedback. I will experiment on this and share pictures and methodology. I would be on business travel end of this week for two weeks and would have to take this up when i am back

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    very interesting idea. good luck, and let us know how it works out.

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