DIY Areoponics! Simple Build Tek

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  1. Specialty

    Specialty Tha Don

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    hey team ive been looking for a new simple set up went to my local hydro store and found this
    http://www.jrponics.com/JrPonics-FishGarden-BubbleGarden_p_8.html
    with extensive knowledge and background in growing I saw this kit retail for 75$ Canadian online its only 39.99. To me 75$ is quite a bit of money so I decided to show you all an easy similar set up for approx 15-20$.

    what you will need!
    1 decent sized storage container
    1 bag sterilized aquarium gravel
    1 6inch Airstone
    1 medium sized aquarium air pump
    3 netipots
    3 1 1/2 inch poly inserts
    and about a half meter to meter of aquarium air tubing.
    Sharpie marker/pen


    First Step
    1.Take Lid and find the middle of the lid.
    2. take netipot turn upside down so the widest part faces down and draw around the base with sharpie repeat until all 3 are evenly spaced and centered.
    3.Use scissors or exacto knife to cut the holes in the lid make sure to stay on the inside of the marker line or your pots won't sit flush with top of lid.
    4. once holes have been cut drill a small hole the size of your airline thought one of the lids sides (see pictures)
    5. Once drilled take airline put through hole you just drilled too put airline in place.
    6. Attach airstone to airline and anchor stone down with gravel.
    7.Fill With water about 1inch below bottom of netipot.
    8.Attach airline to air pump make sure pump works and air bubbles touch bottom of netipots if not add more water.
    9. Use any kind of soilless medium fill net I pots and wait for the magic to begin!


    Very Simple Setup Very little maintenance and explosive growth! can be used for flowers,herbs,pot,really anything! if you have any questions or comments feel free to drop a line here or shoot me a Pm
    Thanks for reading and Happy Growing!
     

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  3. Specialty

    Specialty Tha Don

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    I will post more advanced setups shortly. just might take a bit to get everything together! if you have any questions regarding hydroponics or aquaponics please feel free to drop me a line and I will answer your questions to the best of my ability. I'm hoping to maybe get an outdoor areoponics setup going this year depending on my situation but you all will get to see different teks for hydro/areo and I will try my best to give you step by step instructions with pictorials!
     
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    you can skip the gravel in the bin, just more crap to clean, just let the air stone float if thats what it wants to do.

    Deep water culture is the technical term for the set up, and they do work very well. one thing to keep in mind with this setup is the quality and temperature of your water, once root rot sets in there is no turning back.
     
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    what kind of netipots are you using in this?
    are these the basket looking things in this setup (look like coffee permafilters to me)
    I am used to netipots that look like squashed tea pots, usually ceramic. can you link to products for what you mean by the netpits and the 3 1 1/2 inch poly inserts
     
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    Specialty Tha Don

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    Yea dude for sure Heres a link to the netipot

    http://m.ebay.ca/itm/221271640912?nav=SEARCH

    And the insert is just basically a 1 1/2inch thick piece of PP foam that fits inside the netipot and theholds the plant in the center of the netipot
     
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    Yep yep. I have to totally agree I just threw the stone in because my airstone is what they call an anchor stone it needs to be weighted down by somethin too keep it from freely floating within the setup.
     
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    Im currently working on a new set up of two 10gallon tubs 12plants in each ive got the tubs so far; AirPump and air stones are on order just waiting on them. Also gotta go to the grow shop and pick up some netipots and more rockwool and possibily some hydroton, also gotta pick up some airline and connections, debating on picking up some 1/4-1/2inch pvc piping and a small water pump to create spray nozzles that is a maybe depending on how the inital setup holds and works. I went with the biggest/cheapest four port Airpump the stats on it are 1080L per hour between four ports. Yes I know a little overkill but id rather be able to expand if need be. For the air stones I ordered four 45cm flexible "air curtins" which again is way bigger then I need the bottom of the tub is only 12" long so I figure two 45cm airstones should provide enough air to create the bubbles on top of the water creating an areoponic effect. Ill will keep you all posted on the progress of this. I shall create a thread on how too set it all up with pictures and all. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a pm or post it here ill get too yea asap
     
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    i found from a project i completed that blacking out the containers where the roots are contained in is an absolute must to avoid algae from gobbeling up your expensive nutrients. iv seen one project creator use paint, black inside and white outside to keep lights from heating water or allowing algae to grow.
    what i did since i had the algae before i realised the issue is used the black/white plastic and taped up the outside so no light could get through.
    i have found as well that multi plant culture in a single resevoir is difficult to maintain an even amount of nutrients availible for each plant contained. my experience was only sad headaches from finding the largest plants eating most of the nutrients and the rest then fell behind in growth and became deficient. this is ok till plants are at the size to transplant to a larger dedicated resevoir,but i wasted nutrients ($) trying to keep the water with an even amount in it availible as the plants grew.

    i hope my experience can help in this application. i used what i could find cheep and then every pay check purchased wat i could to improve. iv had to scrap entire projects due to root rot once, lights and algae once and its a bummer when u love and put so much time into your crop.

    i love your set up and i still use this DWC to this day. its the most cost effective and efficient hydroponic in my personal experience for begginers up to pro 's. it looks like if your air pump cranks out the bubbles that it would have a similar effect to aero ponics. (i could be wrong but i think thats prity awsm:))
     
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    oh if you are concidering aero then u will bennifit from this set up from "mistking" im not sure if i can use the name? but the application is aimed at terrariums and seriously the mist is like a heavy evenly spread fog. the nossles are tiny so you will require ROH2O filter.

    i love aeroponics so much but my area where i live has water that is to hard on the sediment and filter changes($) (im a sad panda) but i always try to recomend it for people who can see the amazing bennifits. with a good mist you will likly by pass or avoid the issue i mentioned above with nutrient theft from large plants in DWC too. im excited to see what u do:)
    great project! awsm info!
     
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    Yes, this was just a small 3 pot cloner I made, it did end up getting taped around the clear parts. When I did this I was also in the process of creating a bigger deep water culture system. It more then definitely could of been an areo setup as the bubbles created mire then enough too serve it's purpose. Sadly all these builds are now gone and I have to start all over from scratch. At least I know where and what I need it's just the tediousness of ordering and waiting for it all over again.

    As for root rot I've never actually experienced it personally, I am always testing and adjusting as I never used a tri-meter. I find them to almost be an expensive "cheater" of sorts, I grew and bred the plants grown with each set up knew them inside and out if there was a difencey in any way shape or form I had it nipped in the Butt real quick. The strain was a well tempered outdoor strain brought inside for comparable technical notes also too see the change in quality between indoor and outdoor crop.
     
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