Build your own-DWC Bubbleponics,Drip System Cheap

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by HiGHLiFE28, Sep 1, 2008.

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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    Ok I was like you, I wanted my first system to be hydroponics. I was looking at the Aerogarden VS. the Stealth Hydro System but didnt want to pay 200 dollars for a bunch of crap i didnt need. I ended up buying the Aerogarden instead because it was down the street at bed bath and beyond for 20 percent off. So I grew first in the AG having 3 fems out of seven plants. I transplanted them to a larger reservoir letting the roots sit spideweb like in the watery nutrients. Heres how that turned out- http://www.rollitup.org/hydroponics-aeroponics/23754-super-aerogarden-help-2.html#post1241779

    The plants had great buds but not enough light to produce max yield. So now I have a 600w HPS and digital ballast for my homemade DWC Bubbleponics system and the AG is for seedlings and clones.

    Heres all you need-
    1.-Solid not transparent Reservoir, at least 2 -5 gallons for each plant,$6-10
    2.-Air Pump for aquarium- Elite 7ninenine works fine- $12
    3.-Air pump tubing-$5
    4.-3-3.5 inch net pots -2$
    5.-Hydroton clay balls- 10$
    6.-Rockwool Cubes or small sponges or Aerogarden Sponge- 5$
    7.-Lighting- CFL's like pictured below are 10$ at walmart, or get an HPS or MH setup which is hood, bulb, and ballast.Visit HighTech Garden Supply on Ebay First and Last They R the BEST!


    Check your headshops for grow equipment they most likely have the air pumps, tubes, and pots and hydroton. Also Look up hydroponics in your area you will be surprised to find a hydroponic growing shop.

    Take your reservoir and trace the net pot on the lid of the reservoir where each plant will have enough space spread apart. Cut out almost to the line u traced so the net can sit snug in the lid. You will want to drop in the hydroton then rockwool cubes. Situate the tubing so that it will reach all or most of the plants from the air pump. I found an Elite 7ninenine only works for 4 plants. The air pump bubbles up water oxygen and nutrients directly to the inner roots of your plants and really helps them stay healthy. If you want to create a drip system which you dont really need since the roots will be sitting in the water, then get a 25$ water pump and situate the tubing so it drips on each plants roots. One CFL like pictured wont fully veg one plant so at least two per plant are recommended.

    Please let me know if you have any questions I am glad to help-
    Please give me some Rep whoever i help ;0

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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    Post some of your homemade drip or bubble systems!
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    bigcuban

    bigcuban Active Member

    That sounds sweet dude kudos on the info. I was going to order one of those pc stealth grow boxes but they're really expensive and don't afford alot of room for the plants to grow. There are a few things i'd like to ask (I'm a complete noob). What exactly should i use for lighting? I know i should use MH and HPS, but what wattage, how much do you think it would cost and how could i go about getting it? Also, If you could tell me how i can go about getting some good seeds. I understand that genetics is a big part of this and that if i use shit seeds i get shit bud. Thanx again dude much appreciated.
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    I updated the first post so check that for some lighting ideas for CFL, HPS and MH go 150, 400,600,or 1000watts depending on how many plants you have and how much bud you want to yield is how u determine that just let me know, and as far as seeds go, yeah you should try to grow at least some green hydro seeds scwag is not worth anyones time just order from attitude seed banks its so cheap. Please give me some more reputation man!
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    Eharmony420

    Eharmony420 Well-Known Member

    i went with a 400 watt hps finally and nh conversion bulb. i had already vegged under a few cfls and a led panel, i admit the whole thing was crappy due to just jumping in but with the hps flowering now its a charm. However the light gets hot! lol, so i had to buy a euro hood from htg gardens to cool rinline and i tried a cheap 30 dollar duct booster. This whole thing lowered my temps by like 6 or 7 even degrees! good deal. i got a tent coming from ebay as now i am using my bathrrom and closet lol moving the whole thing to the closet for darkness. hehe. ah a tent will be sweet for my girls, i still need seeds, i got a male and a female, looking for my camera, and yeah buildng your dwc is cheao and easy, if you can go for it, id use home depot and a aquarium sotre for your other supplies, i made a cloner with a coffe can airstone and thats it, i see roots, this my learning grow and hydro rocks,
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    Eharmony420

    Eharmony420 Well-Known Member

    :joint:i learned, lol, water is damn important. im gonna go to home depot and get a 5 gallon? jug as i have a water machine at the store next to me, hehekiss-ass i was reading figures chlorine locked out magnsium so i flushed all the water and nutes got the clean water in and everything wonderful hydro forgives all also watch yur heat i found above 95 and it goes south real fast:-?
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    5 Gallon Is all you need for One Monster plant, as seen by the famous 5 gallon Ebb& Flow for Monster PLants!
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    koolhand77

    koolhand77 Well-Known Member

    nice set up. I have the same thing going but micro. good luck to your grow im in keep us udated.
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    Cant wait for this shit to come in! Only 3 Bills
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    Madg420

    Madg420 Active Member

    I have their 400w setup only 200 shipped and it works like a charm!!! :D
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    Al B. Fuct

    Al B. Fuct once had a dog named

    This looks like it is keeping the RW plug saturated. Bad rice! This will kill the plant! If that tubing through the side of the netpot is pumping water into the rootzone area, take it out! It's not only not needed but will cause BIG problems!

    If you want to do an aero or DWC, drop that water level and put an air stone in the bottom of the tank. Bubbles breaking the surface will create a mist which will dampen the pellets but not the RW.

    The RW plug should not go into the pellets until there are appreciable amounts of roots coming out of the bottom of the plug. The roots will find the damp pellets in a week or so. .
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    this is not rockwool, it is the aerogarden sponge and the bubbles keep it moist and oxygenated, the nutrients make it grow rapidly, the roots are already out of the plastic pot and sponge, about 5 inch long roots in only 5 days, this will be my second grow where the roots sit spideweb like in the water and nutrients and bubbles.
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    Al B. Fuct

    Al B. Fuct once had a dog named

    Doesn't matter whether it is a sponge or rockwool, both accomplish the same thing. Once saturated, it doesn't matter how much oxygenated nute soln you throw at it, a saturated absorbent medium will not take any more water in.

    Your saving grace is that you do have roots out of the pellets- and if the seedling went in to this system before it had roots out of the absorbent media, I'm really surprised it lived long enough to pop out roots. If the seedling only had roots within the absorbent medium and had water piped right to the absorbent media, the seedling should be dead in days.

    With an aeroponic system, the pellets should be wetted ONLY with the mist rising from surface of the nutrient soln, caused by the air bubbles from the air stone breaking the surface. There's no need for a tube carrying water to be run into the pellets.
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    there is no tube carrying water, it blows air which causes bubbles and oxygen. All of the seeds sprouted in always wet media from the aerogarden with nutrients too. They didnt die, the sponge never fully absorbs, the oxygen flows throughout the sponge Al B
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    koolhand77

    koolhand77 Well-Known Member

    highlife how many grows have you done?
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

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    koolhand77

    koolhand77 Well-Known Member

    first one. serious grow.
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    does everyone here veg and flower with HPS, yall just change from 18/6 to 12/12?
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    HiGHLiFE28

    HiGHLiFE28 Well-Known Member

    how serious, show us
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    koolhand77

    koolhand77 Well-Known Member

    well it's my first serious grow check my link. I am using cfl's right now I want to go with 250 watt md with blue led spectrum lights as a supplement when I start flowering as md through the whole grow hepls produce a higher thc content. I'm not a distributer so I don't need the high yeild. I just can't afford the high ass prices around here. Worth every penny I pay for it but what it cost me for an oz I can grow twice that plus some.

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