Added by on 2019-07-13

In this video I give an overview of my newly built 5 – 5 gallon bucket DWC System. This is for growing 5 large plants such as peppers or tomatoes. 5 – 5 Gallon Firehouse Buckets (2 dollar donation for the bucket at firehouse) 1″ Uniseals, 1″ PVC Drain/Riser in Bucket 3″ PVC Gravity Return to Reservoir Pump is a 264 gal/hr, running 24/7 from eBay (12 dollars or so) Feed is 1/2″ PVC drilled for 1/8″ brass barb at each bucket just squirting in – capped at the end of the rail. 3″ Net Cups in Bucket Lid made with hole saw. Reservoir not pictured because it is not the final one, currently a 5 gal tote. (Plants are very small) No aeration, I don’t run any on my other buckets – relying on agitation of water alone to oxygenate. Media is Rockwool for the seeded plants with clay pebbles. The tomato sucker was rooted in just clay pebbles no rockwool. Growing media is subjective and up to you. Rockwool, clay pebbles (Hydroton), coco, perlite, etc can be used. Total system volume is currently 25 gallons. The reservoir tote is only 4 gallons. Will be changing reservoir to 27gal or 55gal tote like my other DWC/Dutch bucket system when I buy one or plants start drinking a lot. Currently not running nutrients for plants to get acclimated to new system/environment. Will put in Masterblend Tomato Formula 4-18-38, calcium nitrate, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) after a couple days. I do not check TDS or PH, I simply follow the instructions on nutrient label and add extra water every now and then. Changes from 1st system: 1. 3″ Return Tube rather than 1″ and connectors. (Better flow, easier, less leaks and I could possibly use it as NFT rail for herbs […]

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19 Comments

  • will gaukler 5 days ago

    If you add your basil and herb plants in the drain tube your sure to clog it up…just look at the root balls in the bucket system….also that straight fill tube is also adding air into the water…another good move…overall I love the look and system in general….best of luck…and keep on growing…

  • Noah Riding 5 days ago

    On the 1/2" PVC feeder, how big did you drill the hole for the brass barbs?

  • Alpaslan Sivrikaya 5 days ago

    How many times working the pump for 24 hours?

  • Mic TheXception 5 days ago

    Awesome. Awesome awesome you make me wish I was more understanding of engineering so I could more readily create a custom setup for myself and other people. Great stuff

  • Robert Baker II 5 days ago

    This is my first year with hydroponics and I have almost the exact same setup that you just made but all my buckets are dutch. I freakin love how simply you turned a Dutch bucket into DWC! I’m blown away! Next season I’ll be converting to your system for sure! Great system and be proud of it! Thanks for the idea!

  • Tanvir Ul Isalm Mirza 5 days ago

    What and how many “NUTRIENTS” you are adding into system and the frequency of additions ???

  • Mike B 5 days ago

    Increased aeration in RDWC is what sets apart this growing method from all others! I would highly recommend 1 air pump at least in the reservoir to transport more highly oxygenated water and when you can, 1 in each bucket.

  • francois deslauriers 5 days ago

    Don’t you need to flush and change out all of your solution liquids on a weekly or monthly period?

  • Gerald W 5 days ago

    Hi Bob, Thanks for the video. Had you considered using fish in a reservoir for the nutrients? Just wondered, I have seen videos of people using them. Where in South Florida are you located? Is your bucket garden exposed to alot of sun? I have an area next to my house which I want to use. It is shaded by a large oak tree, so it gets plenty of light but not direct sun. Plus with the shade it appears several degrees cooler. Wish you well. Thanks for the info

  • Patrick Bertsch 5 days ago

    You should not put the draining tube under the plant directly. Eventually, the roots will clog your pvc pipe.

  • dont worry bout it 5 days ago

    I'd like to set up a system like that can u add a parts list?

  • dont worry bout it 5 days ago

    Also, what if your roots end up going down the drain pipe that's under the cups?

  • dont worry bout it 5 days ago

    And u SHOULD add airing. It's a good thing to do

  • dont worry bout it 5 days ago

    Ur gonna want to cap the end of the drain pipe and run another pic down to the reservoir because I can clearly see the algae build up on the tubing going back to your plants. Definitely close that lid off to all light

  • Paul White 5 days ago

    Thanks, Bob.

  • Paul White 5 days ago

    That pipe that puts water in each bucket at the top, do you secure it so it doesn't fall out of the hole of each bucket?

  • StoleUR Food 5 days ago

    I just started with just the buckets no circulation. Am I going to have issues without circulating or oxygenation?

  • Joshua Mann 5 days ago

    Hey any way you can help me get set up

  • CB's Greenhouse and Garden 5 days ago

    Nice job done on expanding. Looking forward to seeing what ya grow in them!