The deep water culture hydroponic system is the most effective and easiest hydroponic system to use. This video shows how to build and maintain a deep water culture bucket system. It is suitable for plants of any size, and can accommodate large plants such as tomatoes and cucumbers.

The system is based on a bucket that contains the nutrients, a net pot that holds the plant, and a tube that serves multiple purposes. It is used to add nutrients, to drain the system, and to aerate the system by attaching it to an air pump.

The following materials are required to build this hydroponic system:

  • 5 gallon bucket
  • 10 inch net pot
  • ½ inch elbow
  • ½ inch grommet
  • Clear tubing with a ½ inch internal diameter
  • ¼ inch drill bit
  • 13/16 inch hole saw

To put the system together, drill a hole at the very bottom of the bucket side, first using the ¼ inch drill bit and then the 13/16 inch hole saw

Then, insert the rubber grommet into the hole, insert the ½ inch elbow, and attach the tubing. The tubing needs to be the same height as the bucket.

The system can be expanded to include as many buckets as there are ports on your air pump.

To maintain the system, measure the pH and concentration of the hydroponic nutrient solution daily and adjust as required.

Since each plant is contained within its own bucket, the nutrient and pH level can be maintained to the optimal level of each plant.

Filed under: Homemade Hydroponics

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