DIY HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS

Ebb and Flow Hydroponics DIY: 2 Popular System Builds

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow Hydroponics DIY: Flooding Tray Build

Ebb and Flow Hydroponics DIY also known as Flood and Drain are easier than you think. An ebb and flow system works by flooding an upper container or reservoir with nutrients and water and then allowing it to drain for a timed duration, only to repeat. This system is one of the easiest and most common Ebb and Flow Hydroponics DIY projects to build.

 

Need more info? Take a step back and learn more about the system or check out some other Ebb and Flow designs before you jump in to start your build.

 

Ebb and Flow Flood Tray
Ebb and Flow Flood Tray, GrowWithoutSoil.com

 

Materials

Main System Components

  • You will first need to Build or Buy a table for your System.
  • Reservoir (Choose 1 of the following options)
    • Non-transparent or translucent storage container (Size will depend on what is locally available, how much room you have, and your garden plan)
    • You will always want to select a none transparent or translucent reservoir in order to limit light getting to your nutrient solution as this will cause algae growth.
  •  Buckets (Choose 1 of the following options
    • (6) Dutch Buckets
    • (6) 5-Gallon Buckets with Lids

General Plumbing

  • Return line
    • (1) 3’ section of 1″ flexible hose (not clear hose)
  • Supply line
    • (1) 3’ section of 1″ flexible hose (not clear hose)
    • (1) Botanicare Ebb & Flow Fitting Kit w/ 2 Extensions

 

 

Tools

  • Power drill
  • Hole saw (Match your net cup size selection)
    • 1-1/2″
  • 1/4″ Drill bit  (for wood or plastic) 

 

 

 

Instructions

 

Reservoir

  • Clean and place the selected reservoir

 

Tray

  • Clean and place the selected reservoir on the table

Cut

  • Layout, Measure and cut a hole for the supply pipe in the tray
  • Layout, Measure and cut a hole for the overflow return pipe in the tray
  • Layout, Measure and cut 2 holes in the reservoir lid. 1 for the supply pipe and one for the overflow pipe
  • Layout, Measure and Drill a 1/4″  Hole for the air hose in the reservoir lid

Place 

  • Place the reservoir in its permanent location
  • Push the air hose through the 1/4″ hole in the reservoir lid

 

Fill

 

 

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Ebb and Flow Hydroponics DIY: Surge Tank Build

When it comes to Ebb and flow Hydroponics DIY, the Surge Tank Build offers an immense amount of flexibility and portability. Plants can be changed from system to system with ease.

Ebb-and-Flow-Surge-tank
Ebb and Flow Surge tank, GrowWithoutSoil.com

 

 

Materials

Main System Components

  • Depending on where you place your system, you may need to Build or Buy a table.
  • Reservoir (Choose 1 of the following options)
    • 25 Gallon Garbage can or similar Non-transparent or translucent storage container (Size will depend on what is locally available, how much room you have, and your garden plan)
    • 50 Gallon Drum
  • Buckets (Choose 1 of the following options)
    • (6) Dutch buckets
    • (6) 5-gallon buckets with lids

General Plumbing

  • Return line
    • (1) 3’ section of 1″ flexible hose (not clear hose)
    • (4) Botanicare Ebb & Flow 1″ with Barbed Fitting
  • Supply line
    • (1) 3’ section of 1″ flexible hose (not clear hose)
    • (1) Botanicare Ebb & Flow Fitting Kit w/ 2 Extensions

 

 

Tools

  • Power drill
  • Hole saw (Match  the Botanicare Ebb & Flow Fitting size)
    • 1″
  • 1/4″ Drill bit  (for wood or plastic) 

 

 

 

Instructions

 

Learn more 

Ebb & Flow Designs

Buy this system

Build this system

 

Install your Accessories

Set up your system

 

 

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HI! I'm Bobby, an entrepreneur, inventor, green builder and urban farmer. I've been a custom home builder since a kid and an avid gardener. The critters, bugs and climate outside our new home forced me to check out some new ideas in gardening. I found out about Hydroponics and have spent years learning the best techniques to build the best, most efficient, home hydroponics systems. I built one of the first ever, small scale, mobile hydroponic systems. Would you like to know how I did it?