Thursday, July 3, 2008

Clogged filter

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Wow, I learned a hard lesson today. When I came home, I found all 6 tomato plants shriveled up and wilted over starving like Ben Stein's career.

I opened the float covers, and they were dry, even though my reservoir was half full. I pulled the tube off of the first T-fitting, and it barely dribbled out. There was obviously a clog some place.

I opened the filter that's on the end of the tube inside the reservoir. The foam piece inside the filter box was covered with a pasty slime. I cleaned the filter and replaced the water for good measure. This fixed the problem.

So, note to all Autopot users, clean your filter at least once per month. Just take it out and give it a good rinse.

1 comment:

Red Icculus said...

Ben Stein worked in the Nixon administration before TV gameshow stardom. Surprised?

Glad you figured out the filter thing. You are the reason I am picking up autopots for next growing season.