Added by on 2016-06-09

I replaced my deep water raft aquaponic setup with a hydroponic tower design which is simple to maintain, uses a ton less water, produces more greens, and will save me in comparison much time. I set 132 grow sites comprised mostly of 1 and 1/4 45 degree elbows in 3 inch PVC pipe and use 1.5 inch Grodan plugs as my media . The setup is engineered to produce 17-18 gourmet bibb heads weekly as well as a continuous supply of herbs, kale, and collards. My light source is primarily HO T5s which are run during off-peak grid hours via timers. Related PostsBasement Hydroponic Tower Garden Version 2.0Basement Hydroponic Tower Garden 3 month updateBasement Hydroponic Tower Garden Version 2.0 9 Week UpdateEasy Vertical Hydroponics Tower Garden – Even Beginners Can Grow FoodBasement Hydroponic ProjectPart 8 – LED Grow Lights – Basement Hydroponic LED Garden Tour

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  • marekv1234 1 year ago

    Hi Joe, can you please tell me what kind of sprinkle head, or water distribution head do you use on top of each individual tower? Thanks a lot!

  • 1955Spyder 1 year ago

    I am very interested in what you have achieved here (congrats!). Have you posted more information anywhere about your setup (initial costs it took to build it, what nutrients you are using and monthly costs on those, approx temperature, lessons learned, recommendations, etc.)? I would love to replicate this. Thanks!

  • TheDomHussein 1 year ago

    I've built a "Vertical A Frame" Hydroponic System that atm can grow 150 heads of lettuce for example in a 10'x8'x7' space. I decided to go hydroponics vs. aquaponics to bypass the need for fish since I'm a raw vegan/inhumane reasons and also because I discovered the use of diluted sea water to supply the full spectrum of elements to the fruits/veggies for optimal nutrition and low maintenance simplicity. I haven't planted it yet because I'm still trying to find a natural way to control the PH up and down without chemicals and relying on a manufacturer for supply. I don't believe baking soda or vinegar to be very effective long term having to adjust daily. I've thought about using my own blood-plasma filtrate (urine) but my friends and family are turned off by that idea and won't eat them if I do even though I'm the only one who eats raw vegan and doesn't take pharmaceutical drugs… They'll accept fish/unhealthy cow excrement's but not healthy human… smh -_- I'm about to say screw them and just do it anyway. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance! <3

  • Nielubie 1 year ago

    Chicago here as well. Let us know how much electricity you use with those lights. I think they sell T5 LED lights, not sure if they will work for aquaponics. Look forward in seeing more videos.