How to make ebb and flow hydroponics

DIY ebb and flow hydroponics

ebb and flow hydroponics is a simple type of hydroponics. ebb and flow systems are used to grow plants in both commercial and home environments. ebb and flow systems can be made at home quite easily with less than 30 dollars worth of parts. ebb stands for “flood” and flood stands for “drain”. ebb and flow systems do not require pumps but do use timers, which are cheap and easy to use on all home ebb and flows check out www.seeyourplantsgrow.com/ebbflowhydroponicssystems . elb is best accomplished when using net pots that have holes in the bottom I will go into detail about these later if you’re interested just e-mail me ebb and flow systems work by flooding the plant pot with nutrient-rich solution, then ebb or drain out the excess water. ebb and flow hydroponics is a fairly simple process that involves 4 basic steps: flood, ebb, drain, repeat.

ebb and flow hydroponics

ebb and flow hydroponic system parts:

1) growing media/substrate: this is what actually holds your plant’s roots in place while allowing water to pass through to deliver nutrients. i personally prefer(and have had good results with) seeding my pots directly into rock wool cubes using seed starter soil mix fertilizer. you can also use bulk substrate like gravel or if it’s all you have, coco fiber from coconut husks, but these don’t work as well. it is important to thoroughly rinse out the excess salts from them ebb and flow hydroponics in your ebb and flow systems. this will affect plant growth and the overall health of the plants later on.

2) ebb and flow flood tray: ebb flood trays are usually made of simple square or rectangle plastic tubs that you can get from any home improvement store for less than 5 dollars. ebb e-trays allow you to flood your pots with nutrient-rich water by simply placing a reservoir(more on that later) underneath the e-tray, filling it up, then turning off the water source. e-flooding cannot be done without one so i definitely suggest getting one ebb an flow ebb and flow ebb and flood ebb flood e-flood e-tray e-trough e-water e-fence

3) ebb an flow pump: a pump is only needed if you use reservoirs to flood your pots with nutrient rich water. these pumps can be bought from any hydroponic supply store for around 20 dollars or less. they usually come in 3 different sizes small, medium, large depending on how much area you want covered by the reservoir. i have a small one for my shelves at home and it works great!

4) timer/controller: these are optional but highly suggested as they make life so much easier when growing ebb an flows . timers are easy to set up ebb e-tray ebb an flow e-flood ebb and flood ebb and flow e-trough e-pumps e-fence ebb and flow system . i have a digital one that you can preset to whatever time you want them to turn on or off. timers are cheap too they cost me 5 dollars for the one i use now.

5) net pots: these pots allow your plant’s roots to hang down into nutrient rich water below them without drowning. it is important to make sure that when watering your plants, they get good supply of nutrients but also don’t drown, so net pots are needed in ebb an flows . simply place the pot with seedlings or transplants in ebb e-tray ebb and ebb e-flood e-pump e-fence net pot e-timer based ebb an flow flooding system . i suggest that you buy rock wool cubes to put your plants in as they last longer and come with starter soil to get your seeds growing.

6) reservoir: these plastic basins help hold the nutrient rich water used for flood cycles. this is what the pump connects between it pumps from a hose leading to the flood tray ebb an flow ebb an flood ebb and flow flood tray e-floods. reservoirs can be bought at any hydroponic supply store or on line , so check around before buying one if you want something different than what i recommend here ebb e-tray ebb and flood e-flood e-trough ebb an flow ebb an flood e-fence . i have used this one for a good while now with great results. as stated above , you will need to buy ebb e-pumps (3 required) .

7) tubing: it is NOT POSSIBLE to make your own pumps for home use without the tubes that come with them. they are not sold separately so quit asking me about making your own or using different ones!  so just buy 3 of these babies from the same place you get your pump. there should be something similar to the following picture in your kit but if not, follow my suggestions below ebb e-tray ebb and ebb e-flood e-pump ebb an flow e-fence . i used bulk substrate for this one, but i stopped using it because you have to change the substrate so often.

8) net pots: these pots allow your plant’s roots to hang down into nutrient rich water below them without drowning. it is important to make sure that when watering your plants, they get good supply of nutrients but also don’t drown, so net pots are needed in ebb an flows . simply place the pot with seedlings or transplants in ebb flood trays , then fill up the reservoir ( more on that later ) above subtray ebb and flood hydroponics ebb e-tray ebb e-trough e-timer ebb e-flood e-pump ebb an flow flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics . i suggest that you buy rock wool cubes to put your plants in as they last longer and come with starter soil to get your seeds growing.

9) reservoirs: these plastic basins help hold the nutrient rich water used for flood cycles. this is what the pump connects between it pumps from a hose leading to the flood tray e-fence ebb an flow . reservoirs can be bought at any hydroponic supply store or on line , so check around before buying one if you want something different than what i recommend here net pot . i have used this one for a good while now with great results. e-pumps ebb an flow the ebb e-tray ebb e-troughs ebb e-flood e-timer ebb and flood ebb and flood hydroponics pumping system is almost complete!

10) tubing: it is NOT POSSIBLE to make your own pumps for home use without the tubes that come with them. they are not sold separately so quit asking me about making your own or using different ones!  so just buy 3 of these babies from the same place you get your pump. there should be something similar to the following picture in your kit but if not, follow my suggestions below . i used bulk substrate for this one, but i stopped using it because you have to change the substrate so often. ebb e-trough ebb e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

11) air gap: this is a small plastic piece that sits down in your top reservoir (this again is where the pump will be connected) e-fence e-timer ebb an flow . this prevents water from flowing into your pump which would destroy it. basically you just drop it in with about 2″ of extra space on either side of it at each end. if your kit comes without one, buy another one or make one from the following pics subtray y e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-trough flood tray e-fence ebb and ebb e-pump e-flood ebb an flow ebb and flood hydroponics . it is cheap, easy, requires no skill to make.

12) tubing: if you choose the open air setup (instructions below), you will need to get some tubing to connect your top reservoir between the pump (the one i mentioned that goes on top of it) and your air gap above flood tray e-fence e-timer ebb an flow . there are two options here:  you can use clear plastic tubing which looks ugly but works fine or you can buy parts for a “custom ebb e-flood e-tray ebb e-trough ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .” the custom version can be made by cutting a piece of pvc pipe into two equal pieces, then inserting one end of each piece into each other. you should then put silicone sealant over both joints to help prevent leaks . if you choose this option i suggest using clear silicon because black looks terrible.

13) top reservoir: this is the container your pump sits on top of e-fence ebb an flow hydroponic system . it should have some sort of float mechanism that turns it on when there is not enough water in your aquarium (a fish tank with rocks can be used as an ebb e-flood e-tray ebb e-trough ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics ) . make sure that your float mechanism can handle the water pressure inside of it! if you cant get something like this, your system may have too much pressure inside of it which will destroy everything.

14) drip lines: these are optional but i suggest getting them because they distribute the nutrients evenly underwater e-pumps ebb an flow . since plants in ebbs get most of their nutrient supply through the roots and not from leaves any more, drip lines are always a welcome feature! buy enough tubing to fill one line or two per plant depending on how many plants you have ebb e-trough ebb e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

15) air stone: make sure to get a one that can handle the water pressure inside of your system. like i said above, if it cant handle the pressure, its going to blow apart in no time flat! you should also look for one with an adjustable flow rate. this flow is what will determine how much bubbles come out per second into your aquarium (this setup is not designed for large or deep fish tanks). if you are using a standard sized fish tank, 1 ft lengths are fine but larger setups may need longer ones e-fence ebb e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-trough ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

16) air pump: this one should be pretty easy to find if you have a pet shop near by. just make sure it has enough power for your aquarium, can adjust the flow easily and can stay on for several hours at a time without burning out or making too much noise. i suggest getting the most powerful one you can find in small sizes e-fence ebb e-trough ebb an flow hydroponic system .

17) tubing connectors: these are cheap, accessories that come with many pumps buy some because they allow you to connect two pieces of tubing e-fence ebb e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-trough ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

18) air flow attachment: this is a very useful attachment that your pump came with, but most people just throw it away. if you have never seen one of these before, its basically an upside down U shape made out of metal that attaches on the side of the pump. it has plastic pins on top to disperse oxygen throughout your tank which will help prevent algae growth! make sure to set the flow rate above minimum or you may get too much bubbles in your aquarium, causing fish to die from lack of oxygen e-fence ebb e-flood ebb e-trough ebb e-tray ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

19) air stone holder: this is another useful accessory that your pump came with. it looks like a small cone which you can place the end of an air stone into. the purpose of this product is to hold the air stone in place at all times so it doesn’t fall over e-fence ebb e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-trough ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

20) timer: make sure its big enough for your setup (i suggest at least 30 minutes per part e-fence ebb e-flood ebb e-tray ebb e-trough ebb e-pump flood tray ebb and flood hydroponics .

21) plastic netting: buy enough to cover the top of your fish tank. this is usually sold in rolls so make sure you have room for it! i suggest having a few extra feet of it just in case you need to cut down parts e-fence ebb an flow hydroponic system .