Convert any Reservoir into a simple hydroponic system. The
system works by suspending the roots of the plants in fresh oxygenated
RESERVOIR - Any water and light proof container with fairly vertical
sides will be sufficient.
LID or Floating Platform- You will need either the lid that came
with your resevoir, or you can use a piece of Styrofoam 1 1/2"
to 2" thick. Cut Styrofoam to fit loosely inside the Reservoir.
Hydro Cups- You need hydrophonic cup containers to suspend the plants(
If you are too cheap, use plastic or Styrofoam cups to hold the plants)
on the floating platform.
GROWING MEDIUM - Best medium to use: lava rocks or Rockwool
AIR PUMP AND AIR STONE - Use an air pump and airstone to oxygenate
the water(nutrient solution). A regular air pump designed for an aquarium
is all that is required. Be sure that the Air Stone is at least half
the length of the reservoir.
HYDROPONIC FERTILIZER - A good quality hydroponic fertilizer is
neccessary. Soil fertilizers are not designed for these systems.
pH TEST KIT * - You will need some way of checking and adjusting
the pH of your nutrient solution.
ASSEMBLY OF BUBBLER SYSTEM
Cut the Reservoir lid or Styrofoam float to fit the reservoir Cut the
holes in the float to the proper size for the plastic hydro cups that
you are using, you want the bottoms of the cups to hang below the bottom
of the float but not fall through.. Cut another small hole in the lid
for the Air Stone tube to pass through. Place the stone inside the reservoir.
If you are using plastic cups, cut several holes (aprox. 1/8" to
1/4" dia.) in the bottom. Put plastic cups into the holes in the
floating platform. Insert the rooted clone or seedling into the cup supported
by the growing medium of your choice. Fill the reservoir with fresh water
until the cups are in contact with the water. Attach 1/4" airline
to the air stone and place airstone in reservoir. Attach free end of tubing
to air pump and plug in air pump to outlet, make sure that there are bubbles
coming from the air stone. (NOTE: NEVER submerge the air pump in water
as electrical shock could occur). Plug in the air pump and watch the magic!
CARE AND FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS
Fill the reservoir with water. Mix your nutrient solution as per the
instructions on the fertilizer package. Check pH and adjust accordingly.
Place floating platform with the plants on top of the nutrient solution.
When the plants have used up about half of the nutrient solution you can
add water to bring the level back up to the desires level. Recheck pH
and adjust if necessary. Change the reservoir water weekly (change the
day before feeding time) to ensure freshness.