DIY 3 Gallon Rubbermaid DWC

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Ok guys, it's time for me to make a contribution. This is version 2 of my 3 gallon rubbermaid DWC system.

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    PLEASE DO NOT POST UNTIL YOU SEE THE RASTA PIT BULL!!!
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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    For each Bubbler you are making you will need the following:

    (1) 3 gallon "Rubbermaid" tub (I purchased mine at Lowes)
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    (1) tube silicone caulk (got @ mao-mart)
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    (1) 10" air stone (walmart aquarium/pet aisle)
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    (1) air pump (walmart aquarium/pet aisle)
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    (1) 8' air hose (walmart aquarium/pet aisle)
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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    (1) lighter and (1) knife/screwdriver, etc. about the size of the tubing
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    Blackedout

    Blackedout Active Member

    hook it up now... dont tease please:joint::joint::joint::joint:
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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    The first version of this design had the air hose going in through the lid and then down to the reservoir. It works, but the tubing gets in the way of the roots at times.

    So now I'm putting the airstone inlet on the outside of the tub now resulting in a much cleaner setup.

    Here's how to do it!
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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    1. Of, first on the to-do list is finding out where to place the hole for the air pump inlet. I suggest having a friend help by holding up the tub with the air pump against the side to a bright light so that you can see where to punch your hole. You can mark it with a sharpie or punch it up in the air, that's what I did.

    !!! careful though, don't go too high or too low or the alignment will be off. I found that a tiny bit low works best !!!

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    This is how I punch holes in plastic:

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    I would have shown us doing this hole, but we didn't have enough hands to hold a camera, but this is the end result:
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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Now get your airstone and your caulk.

    Put a dab of the caulk all around the base of the inlet shaft and don't be stingy, you want a good seal. And put some big gobs on the bottom of the airstone as well, it's gonna be an adhesive.

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Now stick it in the hole!

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Put some more caulk around the outside (hopefully you don't have as much dog hair in your home)

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Make sure everything is secure!

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    OK, now let's give ourselves a reservoir level indicator!

    Start by punching holes near the top and bottom like so:

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Now tie a simple know in the end of your plastic tubing, don't tie it too tight!

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    diggitydank420

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    Take the other end of the hose and push it through the top hole from the inside of the tub:

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Pull through until the knot stops:

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Now take the end of the hose and push it through the bottom hole:

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    Pull through until it leaves just a little bit of slack:

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    Cut away the excess tubing

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    Seal the hole with silicone:

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    diggitydank420

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    Make sure everything is straight

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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    Let the silicone cure for at least 24 hours just to be certain and you're done!

    Just hook up your air tube to the outside and you're ready to bubble!

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    I would love to hear any feedback and/or suggestions for version 3
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    diggitydank420

    diggitydank420 Well-Known Member

    RASTA PIT BULL!!!
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    POST AWAY!!!
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