How to get an extra gallon and more root space in a 5 gal bucket system

Discussion in 'Hydroponics / Aeroponics' started by Big Perm, Dec 5, 2018.

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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    When I built my RDWC I wanted to easily be able to control the water level. I'd like the water touching the hydroton until the roots start to show, then have the water level an inch or two below the pot after the roots start to come out. I got this idea from a bucket grow. I was thinking other people could use this also to add water to their existing system. So with this you can raise the net pots up and add a gallon to the bucket and still have the water level where you want it. Just cut the top off of another bucket.
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    wizard cabbage

    wizard cabbage Active Member

    Those are some nice diy buckets .:clap:
     
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    Airwalker16

    Airwalker16 Well-Known Member

    Or you could just use a fill tank to the res and use an Adjustable float valve. Whichvim pretty sure they all are. That allows you to choose any water level you want.
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    This would also give more root space in a five gallon bucket system.
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    Sure, I guess you could do that to your system. It wouldn't work in my system though, or in DWC. It was meant as kind of a tip on how to add a gallon to a five gallon bucket and still keep the water level below the net pot, no matter the system.
     
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    fragileassassin

    fragileassassin Well-Known Member

    It's a neat trick, I could see possibly doing this if i screw up my schedule and have to keep stuff in my veg system for extra time.
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    there has to be one smart ass in the crowd:

    buy 6 gallon buckets, duh.
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    lol you could then turn a 6 gallon system into a 7 gallon system
     
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    rkymtnman

    rkymtnman Well-Known Member

    it's a Festivus miracle!!! lol
     
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    southernguy99

    southernguy99 Well-Known Member

    By the looks of it your top feeding your buckets with recycling water , is your rez outside the tent? and how big ? also curious why do you like the water to the bottom of the hydroton.
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    My build is in my sig.
     
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    gr865

    gr865 Well-Known Member

    I too would like to know why the solution to the base of your your hydrotron. But really don't want to search your sig.
     
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    shawnery

    shawnery Well-Known Member

    Where else would you have it till the roots drop?
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    Wherever you want it.
     
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    shawnery

    shawnery Well-Known Member

    Not if you want them to look as nice as yours currently do.
     
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    Big Perm

    Big Perm Well-Known Member

    I actually thought this was a rhetorical question, lol.
     
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    shawnery

    shawnery Well-Known Member

    It was in reply to the other poster asking about your water level, I thought.
     

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