How To Make A Homemade Hydroponic System
Not all hydroponic systems adjust well to homemade designs. The hydroponic systems using drip heads need expensive supplements in order to become a full-functioning system. It is very likely that you will fail, but it is also true that all your failures could lead you to learn the system in a better way. In this article, we will discuss about making a homemade hydroponic system which is comparatively inexpensive as compared to the systems commercially available in the marketplace.
The Ebb And Flow System
In order to design and install the ebb and flow system in the homemade hydroponic system, you may use two inexpensive plastic storage totes, air pump and water pump used for an aquarium, a timer, short sized plastic tubing, and a pack of flood and drain fitting. The use of two totes is different. While one tote will be used as nutrient reservoir, the other one will be placed over the nutrient bottle by holding the plant containers. The air pump will be used to deliver bubbles to the nutrient reservoir.
On the other hand, a water pump installed in the homemade hydroponic system is specifically used for pumping up the water to a certain height. The plant pots will be loaded with clay pellets. You may also substitute it by using lava chip or lecca stone. At the bottom portion of the container, two holes of size ¾" need to be drilled. You have to install the flood and drain fitting and overflow fitting over there in these two holes. You can verify the usability of these fitting systems by allowing a short stream of water through the fittings.
Set The Timer
It is necessary to set the timer to the water pump installed in the homemade hydroponic system. It helps in managing the flood and drain cycle in an effective fashion. You need to fill up the nutrient container with 10 or more gallons of water based nutrient solution and then flood the plant pot a minimum of fours times a day with a half an hour duration in total.
As soon as the pump is started, the top reservoir will automatically fill up with watery solution. However, it will never go beyond the level of overflow. During this time, the plant roots absorb nutrient solution. On the other hand, as soon as the pump is stopped, the water based nutrient solution will be drained back through flood and drain fitting, while allowing the plant roots moist with nutrient solutions.
The flood and drain system is mostly used in the homemade hydroponic system. The popularity of this system is mainly because of the fact that the system is truly user-friendly and easily customizable. The potential outcome of this system is almost always reliable. The installation process of this flood and drain system is also very easy to deal with.