Added by on 2016-12-03

In this episode we look at one way we can set up a timer for a hydroponic ebb & flow (flood & drain) system. I found with my timer that I’m limited to only 8 on/off times per day so I will be watering for longer periods during the ‘on’ cycle. Find your sunrise and sunset times as well as the “solar noon” for you region using this free online tool Keep in mind these times will change throughout the year but they will give you a good idea on where to start. MORE STUFF LIKE THIS @ How to build the cheapest and easiest setup for aquaponics and hydroponics! If this works, this setup could just be the cheapest aquaponics setup ever. But it ALSO will relook at the way we see aquaponics setups in the future. No longer will you need multiple pumps and reservoirs, but the ENTIRE system is a closed system much like nature is. The entire project cost me only and here is the materials you will need: 14 gallon fish tank (or one like this: 1 air stone strip – 1 Air pump – 4 goldfish – $ .75 2 (5lb.) bags of river rock 1 – 1X12X24 foam board – 8 – 2 inch net cups – 3 OR 8 – 3 large multiple plant herb container *separated*, OR 8 small plants – MIgardener Store: Join the fun on facebook @ +1 me on Google+ @ Pin me on Pinterest @ Follow the fun on twitter @ Related PostsHydroponic & Tower Garden TimerSetting Up the HydroFarm EMSYST Emily’s Garden All-in-One Hydroponic SystemPi Wall Vertical Hydroponic Grow System Living WallsHydroponic Gardening – Setting Up, Part 1Hydro City: Setting up your DWC […]

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  • terrence dean 11 months ago

    1 person didn't find this useful. i sure did.

  • GH3KKO GARDENER 11 months ago

    The timer on my system can do 1 minute intervals minimum
    luckily that is the perfect amount

  • Proponics South Africa 11 months ago

    Mathew you been slacking my friend 😉 very nice video as usual

  • Andresa Adolthine 11 months ago

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  • hitechguy18 11 months ago

    You can get 12V Industrial pulse timers (Sleep for 1 – 2 hour and turn on for 2 -3 mins and repeat)
    However A USB Powdered Arduino Uno R3 + SainSmart 2 or 5 – Channel Relay Module for Arduino UNO would be Cheaper (there petty much easy to program and make loop programs for the programing almost plain English ) You can also get a Temp Module so it can keep an eye on green house temps and decide to water more frequent – Light Module it can also turn on/off UFO LED Grow lights

  • Atolixa 11 months ago

    I didn't use a timer actually I used a pipe with a screw 

  • Saserca 11 months ago

    at 5:28 u could read a book first!

  • Jimmy Erazo 11 months ago

    Very useful, thanks man

  • polok890 11 months ago

    wow these are high quality videos. did you go to school for media. also, you look like the lead singer of the band winger'. 

  • pabloec20 11 months ago

    your sun vs time graph and the spread of the pumping time remembered me that they should be optimally spaced using Chebyshev nodes

  • HowToHydroponics 11 months ago

    @MrDuckboy99 the batteries I use are basically 6v golf cart batteries that I got from Canadian Tire. I have the two linked in series to make 12v and they have been running great. 

  • Shawn Joyner 11 months ago

    I am new to Hydroponics by a week from a trip to Disney World and got hooked. In watching everything I can I came across your channel and I have got to say your methods are GREAT. I love the idea of going green for the maturing of these plants using solar panels. What kinds of batt do you use for them and where can I get them? Thanks and love your videos once again!

  • MrPaka420 11 months ago

    Very good info, thx 4 sharing, stumbled on your channel subed,

  • Joshua Vogt 11 months ago

    Cool video but can't wait for the return of the great hydro pumpkin

  • HowToHydroponics 11 months ago

    @thecpukiller great idea. But I think I'll see how the one timer does for now as these 12V timers are pretty expensive.

  • googlepluscansuckadick 11 months ago

    What program do you use for your animations?

  • Joe ghost 11 months ago

    hows it going these days???

  • MeriMorMick 11 months ago

    Interesting but edit, edit, edit.

  • Angel Torrens 11 months ago

    I've done this you have to separate the fish from the roots or they'll eat them.

  • Simar2674 11 months ago

    Woudlnt The Goldfish Grow To Big?!

  • Parker is sooo happy ! 11 months ago

    I thought that goldfish would eat the roots?

  • RTUG00 11 months ago

    I know this is about 2 years old. But Luke, you look great in this video. Such a fun project. I want to try it myself!

  • Something Ungodly 11 months ago

    nice vid, just work on those "uhs" and "ums" lol .. thanks for sharing fam

  • Raymond Morales 11 months ago

    gonna try this with my kush plant lol

  • nabin bogati 11 months ago

    There are many factors in learning home aquaponics. One plan I found which successfully combines these is the Keiths Ponics Site (check it out on google) definately the most useful course i've heard of. look at this interesting resource.

  • Chel'le Malone 11 months ago

    If I wanted to put this system outside. How would I factor in weather? In other words, what weather would negatively impact the effectiveness of this system?

  • lucas azevedo 11 months ago

    that aquarium is way too small for even a single goldfish.

  • Chris Mac 11 months ago

    Do you have an update? Did this system continue to work well?

  • darthvader5300 11 months ago
    The Chinampa system and the Floating Burma Garden system are all passive! No pumps needed, the bottom of their lakes and ponds acts as a natural anaerobic-aerobic filtration self-cleaning process with the help of plants like water hyacinths, mentha aquatica (aquatic mint), azolla, duckweeds, juncus lacustria, edible cattails.

    If I were him I will use a very long perforated plastic tube with it's bottom closed with a perforated plastic bottom cap which is going down to the bottom of the aquarium containing a soil fabric liner or filter geotextile fabric used in air pruning pots, so if the plants' roots reaches down it will be shielded by soil fabric itself and no need for painting the half upper side portion of the aquarium for this will function like the porous artificial banks of the chinampa artificial island that prevents soil from going out and allowing water and air to circulate through them.

    At the bottom of the aquarium I will use a mixture of crushed, pea sized, diatomaceous earth, zeolites, and food grade activated carbon and being porous themselves they will house 100,000 times more aerobic and anaerobic bacteria that will literally turn any fish wastes into ammonia and then into nitrates that in turn feeds the algae eating fishes and bottom feeding catfish and pet snails.

    At the top will be caged openings containing water hyacinths to prevent water eutrophication and aid in water filtration. In the other holes will be caged openings with an open bottom filled with azolla that fixes nitrogen from the air into the water and filters the water and are fish food themselves for plant eating fish, caged mentha aquatic or aquatic mint that prouces a long term lingering fish safe, human safe, and pet safe anti-pathogenic compound, and caged juncus lacustria that provides additional water filtration and exudes a safe organic anti-germicidal compound. The oxygen will be provided by pearl weed known as Hemianthus micranthemoides aquarium plant the produces lots of oxygen and the variety of pearl weed is in the form of bushy type. The other pearl weed variety creates a carpet like growth. Hemianthus micranthemoides becomes bushy if not trimmed, but if trimmed then it forms a peal weed carpet.

    Ever heard of John Todd's self-feeding solar ponds used in raising tilapia, the use of caged water hyacinths to prevent water eutrophication, the use of azolla to fix nitrogen into the water to feed the algae that feeds the tilapia, the use of fresh water diatomaceous earth granules or oyster shells to provide a surface living-breeding area for the bacteria to break down the fish wastes' ammonia into nitrates which in turn feeds the algae that feeds the tilapia, and the use of floating miniaturized chinampas? NO NEED TO FEED THE FISHES!

  • Keith R 11 months ago

    Nice tutorial, but maybe written out directions to cut out the "Extra". Bad idea to move such a fish tank that is full of water. Then you truly don't have a filter doing this method. Sure bacteria does grow on the gravel and all surfaces in there. But its not filtering anything, it is doing a cycle when you've grown the bacteria though, just not as efficient(until then the water isn't as nice for plants and quite deadly to the goldfish, requires frequent water changes till your cycle is running). You will eventually need to vacuum the gravel. Then its better if the water is not always on the roots. That's why people use a bell-siphon to begin with, not just for overfill. Be easiest to add a "under-gravel filter" to this, to concentrate the waste on the gravel instead of everywhere as is. Which will also produce the bubbles you have, could even use the air pump you already have. But even then, with this amount of goldfish in such a small tank(fish lovers will say 1goldfish for a 20-gallon then 10gallons more for each additional, others will say 1inch of fish per gallon. True answer is it depends on you and your water test results). Your bioload will not be handled by the filter system and/or plants, you will need to do 10-50% water changes every week to 4 weeks, depending on your water test results. Goldfish make nice choice since no need for a heater. But bioload wise a molly probably be better suited, less waste(if maintenance is a concern) about same price as feeder goldfish since mollies are used for feeding too. Or danios for their hardiness. Cost wise doing one with a bell-siphon would only be 10bucks max extra, if not 5 or less. Does not require a reservoir, the fish tank is that. Does not require multiple pumps, just 1 that costs as much as that air pump.

  • Sorry, I don't take gardening advice from faggots

  • Alexander J 11 months ago

    You're sexy.

  • Amal Joseph Mathew 11 months ago

    somebody please get me into farming , my dad likes it alot , but im trying to make him happy , so i hope someone wil show up

  • Josh Sancho 11 months ago

    In what world is that a 14 gallon tank? More like 4?

  • greg p 11 months ago

    do the fish bite the roots?

  • Janice B 11 months ago

    Tetra makes a fish too, don't they?