the hose on the side is to see the water level. i just lift the edge of the lid and pour in the solution as its needed. put the newly cut clone in the net pot. it will get enuf moisture from the bubbles below. if it starts to wilt, just pour a little water over the rocks. start clones out at 100-200ppm and vegg from 400-600ppm. (ppm=tds*.5)
i only go as far as vegg with this bucket. i do flower using recirculating solution to the buckets from a central reservoir. i'll try to get some pics of that later. you can use you imagination to come up with what fits in your space.
Those work good. I see you use a home made style lid for your pail. I can get you one that's molded all in one. The lid fits over a standard 5 gallon pail, and has the mesh pot moulded right in, so no chance of the basket falling through. They're only $5 each of your interested.
But nice sytem, how big do you grow them in their?
Ever though of switching to a drip sytem, your like $25 away from one with everything you got there. And they'll produce better yeilds.
whats the difference between the bubble and the drip system NTC? I've seen the bubbler in action before but not so much of the drip system. I've heard that the bubbler or DWC was really good....
Im still tryin different things. I usually grow them to about a foot tall then put into flower. I just lift the lid out with plant and place it into a similar bucket but with drain back to the reservoir. I flower using recirculating buckets.
What would be involved in doing drip? DWC is working very well for me, but if drip will give better yields, then I will want to try that too.
I've been growing indoor for 1.5yrs and can see there is still lots to learn. Practice makes perfect.
Ok Weeddog, I think your doing pretty much the same as the drip system, when you take them out of that bucket, and put it in your DWC. You just buy a 'dripper' to attach to the end of your feed line, it makes the water drip out slowly. Very simple. It just keeps the roots a little dryer than doing straight DWC. This method is better for preventing root rot and such.
I didn't see in your original post where you said you were switching them to another system.
Actually........now that I think of it, I might have a bag of drippers laying around.................let me check into that.