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So you’ve read about hydroponics and now you want to set up one of your own? Learning how to make a hydroponic system is actually easy. But that’s only true if you stick to the simplest system first.
This means you’ll need to start with a water culture system. It’s relatively affordable compared to the other systems, and it’s much simpler too. This is a system that uses a Styrofoam platform to float your plants directly over the nutrient solution. With this system, a container of 5 gallons of water can help you grow about 5 plants.
1. Find a container you can use for the water nutrient solution. This can be a mere bucket or even a fish tank. Just make sure that light can go through the container. If it is transparent, you can paint it black. If it’s an aquarium you may want to reuse later, just wrap it with thick black trash bags.
You don’t want light to come in because that just promotes algae growth that steals nutrients from your plants. The container should also have the same area dimensions (length and width) from top to bottom. (more…)