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Step 7: The Integrated System With Room For Many Improvements

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And there you have it, when you put everything together you end up with a freakin' awesome DWC hydroponics system.

However, I barely have it finished and I can already think of a few improvements to be made:

>Integrating the air pump's power cord into the electrical system so that it can be controlled via an on/off switch. (DONE)
>Painting the lid of the reservoir white so that it reflects light back up to the plant rather than absorbing it.
>Running all of the wires through the CPVC pipe for an even neater look.
>Adding a water pump to circulate the nutrient solution through a UV sterilizer to keep out unwanted organisms.
>Sewing together a fabric cover to slip over the frame and help keep out ambient light while trapping in growing light. (In Progress)
> Addition of a third growing light. (DONE)
> Adding solar cells, a battery bank and a power inverter to make it run on free electricity. (In Progress)
> And of course, expansion, expansion, expansion!

I will soon add some more steps on mixing the nutrient solution, testing and adjusting the pH, setting the light timer and eating fresh picked vegetables whilist up to my ears in snow!

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this instructable and I welcome any constructive feedback. Happy growing!
 
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salemend1 year ago
how far above the reservoir is the bottom of the baskets ?
EcoMotive (author)  salemend1 year ago
The exact size of the airspace is not critical. When I first fill the reservoir with fresh solution I leave about 1/2 inch or so. As time goes by, the solution level will go down and the gap will increase. As long as there is an airspace and the roots are in the solution you should be fine. Thanks for your question.
EcoMotive (author)  salemend1 year ago
The exact size of the airspace is not critical. When I first fill the reservoir with fresh solution I leave about 1/2 inch or so. As time goes by, the solution level will go down and the gap will increase. As long as there is an airspace and the roots are in the solution you should be fine. Thanks for your question.
calikoala6 years ago
why would you care about the ambient light in the step where you mention a fabric cover? I would think that since you are in a very small place, having lights on all the time would be annoying and a darkening cover to reduce the amount of light being emitted from the frame to the surrounding area would be more appropriate.
nafango226 years ago
banana pepper seeds. mmmhmmm, im sure.