Drip Top Feed Hydroponic System Home-made

Advanced Nutrients Big Bud FlowerThis is my first attempt to create a drip based hydroponic system.

I have painted the white bucket black to block light after this video was filmed.

I built this system with a 5 gallon reservoir. The pump is a 6.5 watt 60gph pond pump that if left running 24×7 would cost 8.7cents a month. The system only runs for 30 minutes every 3 hours. The way the system works is when the electricity is turned on the pump pumps water through rock wool, and it drips into the 2 gallon reservoir. As the reservoir fills up the fogger starts running. Once the 2 gallon reservoir fills 3/4 way to the top and overflow drain lets the water trickle back down to the 5 gallon reservoir splashing and creating oxygenation. The rest of the time the roots are in air and nutrient fog which provides plenty of air to the roots. The splashing that occurs when the pump is running oxygenates the reservoir enough. It is important to grow this in a medium that retains moisture as the pump is not always on. Also I build this system to support a single large rose bush. I do not have the space to dedicate to a multi pot setup. If I wanted I could add a Texas Controller to and add more pots to the system.

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    hydroponics said,

    This system ways is best to pump pumps water through rock wool works the when electricity is turned and it drips into the 2 gallon reservoir when the reservoir fills up the fogger starts running.3/4 ways to the top fills by 2 gallon reservoir and overflow drains back down to the 5 gallon reservoir splashing and creating oxygenation.


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