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Using 4" PVC tubing works great, and it's inexpensive too

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Here is a good example of a NON recovery drip system

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Tips for Growing Plants Successfully in Hydroponics


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You can Build your own Hydroponic systems and grow plants like these

Healthy looking roots
Healthy looking roots



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Aeroponic System



The aeroponic system is probably the most high-tech type of hydroponic gardening. Like the N.F.T. system the growing medium is primarily air. The roots hang in the air and are Aeroponics systemmisted with nutrient solution. The mistings are usually done every few minutes. Because the roots are exposed to the air like the N.F.T. system, the roots will dry out rapidly if the misting cycles are interrupted.

A timer controls the nutrient pump much like other types of hydroponic systems, except the aeroponic system needs a short cycle timer that runs the pump for a few seconds every couple of minutes.


Hydroponic systems like this simple A frame designs make great use of a small space. Because of using the vertical height, rather than a horizontal flat design you can produce more yields with the same square footage. As you can see this Hydroponic system is aeroponics a frame designsimply constructed with two flat panels with holes cut into it for the plants to rest in. These panels just lean against the A frame that sits above a trough that holds the nutrient solution.

Inside there is a nutrient delivery system simply made from PVC piping (like the kind used for the sprinklers in your yard) with emitters that spray the root system of the plants. The nutrients then drip back down into the trough again where it is pumped back through the PVC piping to the root systems again. You can find everything you need to build a Hydroponic System like this at local home improvement stores, and for much less money than you would spend to buy a pre-made system. Another advantage of building Your own Hydroponic system is that you can customize it to your needs as well as size.

List of Free Build Your Own Hydroponic system Design Plans