DIY Parts Checklist for a four-plant hydroponic system.
- Qty 4 – one-gallon buckets with 3″ cut into the lid. Perfect for a 13-14 week indoor grow cycle which is fairly typical as most lighting systems will not penetrate much more than 3ft into a canopy, so there is no need to leave plants in a vegetative state longer than 3-4 weeks at max. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Uline. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 2- five-gallon buckets with lid reservoir. This will capture the entire capacity of the hydroponic system when active, which will require fewer resources in terms of water, nutrients, and weekly effort. The second bucket is perfect for weekly nutrient changes and also serves as a seat to sit and stare at your plants. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Uline. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 top hat washers. These magic grommets enable the grow bucket to connect to the 1/2 inch vinyl tubing via barb and 1/4 inch tubing. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 bulkhead connects 1/2 inch tubing to the five-gallon reservoir. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- 1/2 vinyl irrigation tubing Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- 1/4 Drip irrigation tubing. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- Barbed T Fitting Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 1/4 barbs plugin and connect the 1/4 inch flexible tubing into the 1/2 inch vinyl tubing. Best place to buy. Hardware store. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 in-line water pump with a 1/2 barb. Most inline pumps come with a selection of tube adapter barbs; however they mostly seem to have one of each various sizes. Either uses a different size return tubing to the reservoir or purchase a separate adapter kit, and you’ll have two .5inch adapters that will connect to the irrigation tubing. (1/2inch vinyl tubing) Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 cycle timer pours when it rains and with this cycle timer, you control the weather. Run this pump for 15 minutes, and the grow chambers are emptied of nutrients. Using 1/2 inch tubing to 1/4 inch tubing slows down the return, so the root system gradually returns to the flood stage. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 three-inch net cups support the two-inch Rockwool cubes used to grow in the system. The Rockwool is the only non-renewable part of the system. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 4 Rockwool cubes. This is the only product that gets used and replaced for every new cannabis grow. No dirt. No full blocks of Rockwool. No perlite. No cocoa coir. Just a small jacket to keep the root stem moist. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 float valve. Not mandatory for the system to function; however, adding a float valve takes out much of the guesswork. Placed at the correct level, the system will constantly remain filled to the correct level to keep the root system moist. Can be connected to water sources such as washer outlets, toilets, and fridge lines. etc. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Qty 1 Nutrients Jacks 321 meets the basic requirements for most hydroponic grows. Don’t get caught up in expensive nutrient solutions. Plants have basic requirements NPK, and by adding O2 (oxygen) and environmental (temperature), control your use of those nutrients with exceptional results. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Hydroton creates a barrier between the root system and the world while retaining moisture. Best place to buy. Amazon (link above).
- Grow Light
- Grow Tent
- Carbon Filter
The Holy Grail of Hydroponics
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With Bottleponics, you can grow your plants using minimal growing media in small containers, such as 1-gallon buckets. This can be especially useful if you work with limited space, such as in a grow tent. Using a pump and irrigation tubing allows the nutrient solution to be circulated and aerated, which can benefit plant growth. Additionally, the roots having direct access to air can help prevent common issues such as root rot. At the same time, using smaller containers can be more cost-effective than larger containers or blocks of growing media.
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