I want to make a hydroponics system but I don't have a pump. Could somebody tell my how to make a hydroponics system without a pump or other electronical device?
Topic by Masterdude | last reply
I'm interested in starting up a little NFT hydroponics system. I just want to grow some stuff like lettuce and cucumbers, etc. Living in Florida, is my timing really bad (is now a bad time to start)? Also, with hydroponics and veggies, after a harvest, do I need to replant, or will the plants simply continue to grow? (I'm new to plants, if you can't tell) Also - where can I find supplies like an inexpensive pump, expanded clay balls, and nutrients? Any other advice that you think I might need would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Actually I have 2 questions pertaining to hydroponics. First you should know that I have a passive hydroponic system functioning right now the container is partially submerged in a nutrient solution with holes in the bottom of the container. The medium I'm using right now is perlite to allow more oxygen and act like a wick. I do have a top layer of aquarium gravel to anchor the plant better. I've been thinking of trying to add more oxygen to the roots by using an air pump. I was going to insert the tube from the top (the dry section above the water) pointing down to the wet section to blow some air to the roots. Would this be an unnecessary addition if I continue to use perlite as a medium? My second question is the title, would sawdust work as a medium for hydroponics? I assume it would be able to act like a wick for a passive system my concern is would the roots get enough oxygen in sawdust? Also most mediums are inert sawdust wouldn't be, would that have a negative impact on my plant?
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Hello, I want to make automated hydroponic grown plant system that will sense condition and provide sufficient Mineral Nutrients for growing hydroponic plant. we place the seed into water, seed grow into water , growth should start after 2 or 3 weeks.we don’t feed fertilizer until the first set of true leaves appears When seeding develop their true leaves and roots. Its time to feeding fertilize.we need to provide right fertilizer for good growth Most common fertilizer is NPK, after two or three weak or after the first set of true leaves appear we need to fertilize plant. Fertilize approx every two weeks Automated system (small and low cost system) Parameter – conductivity Project part list Electrodes probes Micorcontroller Amplifier or filter Resistor A to D converter Ic Volve or relay Automated system that Add more or less fertilizer into water ,that maintain conductivity range Best time to fertilize plant Time- fertilize plant after their active growth ,after two or three weak or after the first set of true leaves apper we need to fertilize plant ADD small value of NPK into water because small plant take less fertilizer After two weeks Add large value of NPK into water because large plant take large fertilizer Provide enough NPK to complete their life cycle we can measure conductivity of whole solution. how to make Automated system that will Add more or less fertilizer into water on basis of conductivity If plant need more or less fertilizer system will adjust itself
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I am trying to make a misting system for a hydroponic garden but the pump i have is hopelessly inadequate (impeller type,185gph for 10 small mist nozzles). will a bigger gph output provide the pressure or am i gonna have to drop $300 plus for one of the specialized mister pumps.?
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Before my computer went south i had an article where this group built a sustainabe hydroponic and aquaculter in an african country it showed how they made a hydroponic and aquaponic for the local people I THOUGHT THE ARTICLE WAS SAFE BUT COMPUTER THOUGHT OTHERWISE i would like to return to the site if anyone has the adress on their computer [they grew vegetables fruit and fish in an enclosed green house they used plastic barrels cut in half to grow veggies in thank you toni [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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I'm interested in trying hydroponics to grow some tomatoes and peppers but no absolutely nothing about it. I'd like to start out with a manufactured system first to see if it's something I really want to pursue. I've spent hours trying to figure out who has the best system for a reasonable price. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Hello, It has recently come to my attention that an instructable here was blatently plagiarized from one of my previous projects, and in fact actually won an award. The instructable in question is: https://www.instructables.com/id/Hyduino-Automated-Hydroponics-with-an-Arduino/ Proof that it ripped off my project can be found here; my original forum post here goes back to 2012, the instructable in question here was posted November 2014: http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=130344.180 My repository containing my code on github: https://github.com/BillieBricks/Billie-s-Hydroponic-Controller/blob/master/HydroponicControllerV1.1.0 The code from the instructable in question: https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FSR/83MH/I2G1F678/FSR83MHI2G1F678.ino The code is mine, line for line, with the exception that the plagiarizing author in question removed my comment at the top with my name as the author. I tried to contact the author, but my messages went ignored and the comments on his instructable page were flagged and deleted. The author in his instructable says "Big thanks to BillieBricks for working out a lot of the code," but in fact the entirety of the code is simply ripped straight off from my project, along with the ideas and implimentation. My desired outcome would be to either see this instructable removed, or to have the author include that the entire project be credited to me, rather than stealing credit for something they didn't do. Thank you, Billie
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I have an aerogarden with some strawberries. They started just fine but they recently ran into some trouble. The leaves started yellowing. I did a little research and it seemed to match the symptoms for magnesium deficiency. I switched nutrient mixes, thinking that might help, but it seems like it isn't getting any worse or better. It's looked like this for about a month, not much growth, not much die off.
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Clean water - we all need it. Treating and reusing sewage and other waste water means reducing the burden on the already limited supply of water from our lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers. Instructables user Biotank posted this excellent Hydroponic bog garden. It's the final step in a series of sewage water treatments, and uses bacteria to clean the water even further so it can be used for irrigation. This system can be combined with a garden for water-loving plants as shown here, or with a fish pond. While this bog garden isn't likely to fit in your backyard, it's a great example of thinking outside the box to solve the problem of water reuse! Check it out, and get inspired. What are you doing to conserve or reuse water? What would you like to do? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.
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Hi I worked really hard on setting up a workable hydroponic set up but for some reason i couldn't get it featured.. i don't know if it's because i did something wrong? maybe i didnt get the correct review.. maybe no one notice in the mists of all these awesome instructables any tips? help also i would like to hear more feedback.. maybe you guys can help? i definetly like to hear people's comments but because i didnt get featured i think i'm getting ignored :( check it out https://www.instructables.com/id/Ultimate-Vertical-Hydroponic-Farm-on-the-Cheap-w/
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Hello DIYers, I am planning on building a simple greenhouse (hoop-house) this spring. The construction will be for an 8'x12'x8'H design. Building this part is wonderfully easy. The hard part is building the off-grid power to supply power to the greenhouse fans and hydroponic pump(s). I'm not sure where to start with the plans. Here is what I am needing some guidance: Do I build a PV panel then design my electrical needs around that...or vice-versa?? (I have forty 2W solar cells on order) I know i will need batteries...how many 12V batteries do I need? Type? What is the best configuration for the batteries? Should I use a DC hydro pump or AC hydro pump? DC or AC fan for cooling? Future plans include using an arduino to be the main controller.... Please keep in mind that this is a small(ish) hobby greenhouse and I hope to build it to be fully off-grid, at least for the summer months. I have the time to build it, but don't have the know-how for fully designing it (electrical stuff confuses and scares the crap outta me). I'm not against keeping the price low, but am willing to spend a few extra bucks to make sure it's designed right.
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Highlights section, bad url for the hhttps://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/channel-hydroponics/ hhttp??? until fixed, just get rid of the extra H this is site wide, but occurred on https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-workshop/keyword-backyard%20projects/ among other pages
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Many instructions on the equipment needed for hydroponics, but they all leave out the how to actually put your plant in and how much light/where to put the plant....
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The directions were great. Except, now that I got my air pump going and everything else, there is a smell coming from it. It smells like garbage. Also, when the bubbles come up to the surface there's a bunch of bubbles left at the surface...it looks like a bubble bath. The first time this happen with the smell I just got another air stone. So, now I have two in the container. I emptied the old water and solution, cleaned the container and add more water with fertilizer. This worked great, but then two weeks later it was time for me to put fresh water again and now it's doing the same thing with the garbage smell. Please give me some ideas on how to get rid of this.
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I'd like to build a grow tent for a space with a 2' x 2' footprint and have it be anywhere from 4'-6' tall. I'm hoping to get some good suggestions on frame design, how to include a spill reservoir and how to attach the siding (which will by mylar or some other plastic. My ideal grow tent would be like the one in the photo, but with the footprint I need (2' x 2'). I cannot find a tent with such.
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Sensors: Air Temp Water Temp Humidity Air Flow Light Levels Water Depth Ph Levels Co2 Levels in the Air Co2 Levels in the water Oxygen Levels Air Oxygen Levels Water
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Hello, I am trying to enter a instructable in the hydroponics/ indoor gardening contest, and it has been accepted into the manly crafts contest, but not yet the hydroponics/ indoor gardening one. is there anything I can change to get it into that specific contest? it is a addition to our indoor aquaponics system, and I think it will fit very well into this contest!
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I tried to search how to mix nutrient solutions for non-circulating hydroponics but i hardly understand the units being used so hopely if somebody could make it simpler for me it's really very welcome in my behalf
Question by jovenhatsjr
I'm not sure why I waited so long to post about this but something pretty cool happened to me because of my last contest entry. I entered mySolar Thermally Pumped Hydroponic System in the "keep the bottle" contest. For some reason I didn't win ;-), however, shortly after the contest I received a PM. The PM was from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, they were putting on a conference on Ecological Urbanism and they wanted my project to go on display for six weeks. I, of course, was honored and after negotiating an enormous fee (j/k) I shipped the project up to them.Recently while looking for some more info on the subject I stumbled across their Flickr Pool and two photos of my project. I have to say, it's almost fantastic that a project, composed primarily of empty soda bottles could go from my backyard to the halls of Harvard.And, obviously, this would never have happened if Instructables didn't exist, so my heartfelt appreciation to Eric and the fine people behind the scenes of the website. So without further ado, the pictures.
Topic by Tool Using Animal | last reply
I want to give light to my hydroponic food garden at night and possibly the small pumps.
Question by ecoego | last reply
Can i just flood the soil the plant is growing in for a temporary portion of the day? I don't have a problem with the pump, just buying the nutrient / medium. Can i just use soil and wet it down really well once a day and then drain it (out the bottom)? Would floating soil in the water being circulated through the system work? I could empty water / put more soil in on a regular basis.
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Hello one and all- I've been interested in hydroponics for a very long time. Now the time has come around that I should get out and get some form of it built and begin using it. I began researching different styles and of course reading here on Instructables. I read about all the different styles and methods. I looked at kits, partial kits, and building my own design. I also began to think about moving away from the use of the well on my property. I looked into rain water capture. Here in the north east there's been no shortage of rain even in a "dry" year. In nearly every tutorial or kit I've found them based on a PVC product or using PVC materials. I remembered that there had been an issue with Lead (Pb) being in PVC. I looked it up. It appears that there are serious issues with the use of PVC and Lead is only one of them. Here is a sampling of the links to the issue of Lead in PVC - http://lists.essential.org/1996/dioxin-l/msg00205.html http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/safe_pipes_mean_safe_water/ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080602091241.htm http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/reports/whatswrong.pdf This is just a few links - there are a ton more. It's an interesting read and should give everyone working with PVC cause for pause. For example instead of using the PVC gutters I had planned on for the rainwater collection I've been thinking about making them from wood (Plywood) and coating the inside with Food Grade Shellac. I will be using PVC pots for container vegetable gardening this year but I will rough up the interior of the container (taking precautions - respirator, gloves etc) and again using Food Grade Shellac to prevent the PVC coming into contact with the growth media or growing vegetables. I was sort of surprised by this info and just thought I should share it just in case someone was unaware of the issue. I would like to cross post this but am not likely to do so for concern of running afoul of some rule. Feel free to share this info though. In fact please share this widely- Good luck with your projects, Marcintosh
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I am interested in preparing hydroponic nutrient solution for my requirements,so please some body help me in preparing the solution.i want the clear information regarding the micro¯o minerals which should be mixed in what quanties, and the names of the chemicals avilable.
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Indoor Grow Light for plants and hydroponic gardening. I need both 110Volt and 12 Volt schematics for out off grid home. My LED knowledge is very limited so I need the specs on the LEDS.
Question by GrumpyOldGoat | last reply
I recently saw videos on hydroponics and wanted to set it up my self on a budget, 0$, just as an experiment i cut the cone top of a small mineral water bottle put it upside down like a diy minnow trap and used tissue as substitute for rock wool, filled bottom with water till it just touched the tissue, then plopped a bean in it. I then forgot after putting it behind a fish tank. After 3 days it looks like this. I need nutrient in water so i was thinking about just dumping a palm full of soil, would it work?
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Hey everyone, I wanted to let everyone know that I have just created my very first blog and would love everyone to check it out and give me some feedback. Its all about Gardening, anything from the classic soil growing to hydroponics. I will be updating just about everyday. lots of pictures being updated daily. Have a look and happy growing!
Topic by IIwootII
I'm looking at various ways to grow food free/almost free in a small space. I would like to grow enough veg to feed myself comfortably. Hydroponics in a vertical farm set up would allow me to grow lots of veg in a small space, trouble is I now need nutrients to feed my plants. After much reading, it looks like I could anaerobically digest all my food waste (including meat, diary, plant stems and anything else that decomposes) in a biogenerator. If I use the resulting liquid effluent, would this alone be sufficient to grow healthy plants. Are all the nutrients they need going to be in sufficient proportion and are they all in an accessible form for plants. Will I need to add bottled nutrients from a store to top it up? Another question is if the effluent is safe or a biohazard? My reading so far suggests that most pathogens are killed off in the anaerobic process. Is there anyone who has tried anything like this already? So far I can only find people who are fertilising crops in soil with the effluent. Any comments are greatly appreciated. P.S: for those who do not know what a biogenrator does/is.. a quick description. Its a sealed tank filled with water, waste (shredded) is added, naturally occuring bacteria in the water (not dependent on oxygen to survive) breakdown the waste into their nutrient parts, methane is also produced by the bacteria (methane is CH4, carbon is in the waste and hydrogen is in the water), the methane can be tapped off for burning and the old liquid can also be tapped off, supposedly this liquid is an extremely good nutrient source, though I don't know if it could sustain plants grown hydroponically on its own.
Question by sloth456 | last reply
Most small setups are keeped in the house where you stay. so a small sprayer is all you need if you keep your plants on top of a plasic sheet with water and clay pebels. a good layer of clay ball socked in water with the plants on top is not going to cause root rot. you can use plant pots or rockwool cubes and dosen`t mater if you don`t spray them everyday.. a heaing pad under the hole thing is also a good idea . the heat will cover a larger area by gently heating the water also this way is perfect for seedling just cover with a clear plastic sheet. humidity from the heating pad under the sheet will act as a heated propergater. here is some music to listen to while you read http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMbcfYrkmxs
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Hello , I am reading about hydroponic system. How do I start tomatoes from seed. . I did not want to germinate seed in soil and then Put into water. Is it possible ?
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I've recently moved into a new house (I'm not telling you where) and the backyard only receives 4-5 hours of sunshine per day. I'm wondering if my vegetables requiring full sun will still grow? I'm tired of seeing the same old "it must have at least 6-8 hours of sunlight each day" . If this is still not possible then I will consider a hydroponic system with growth lights under my stairs... I was always interested in hydroponics ever since I saw an advertisement for the AeroGarden, but I never actually tried to build a system and I definitely can't afford one.
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