Added by on 2016-01-17 This video contains instructions for building your own Top Drip Bucket Hydroponic System using a 5 Gallon Bucket, a Mesh Pot Bucket Lid, and the GH Farm Kit. This kit was intended to be used for the General Hydroponics Water Farm System. I knew with a little modification I could build my own system and save a few dollars. The Pumping Column is an “Air Lift Pump”. It uses air bubbles instead of an electric water pump to supply the hydroponic nutrient to the plant. I recommend you buy the 10″ lid. As you see in the video the 8″ will work also with a very easy modification. I’m using this system to have my own home grown heirloom tomatoes. The links I promised are posted on my website here. “Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0″” Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsBuild a Hydroponic Drip Irrigation Bucket SystemDWC Hydroponics Bucket DIY Build with a built in Drip SystemHow A Drip Hydroponic System WorksHow to Build a Modular Flood and Drain Grow Bucket Hydroponic SystemGrow Tons of Tomatoes, Peppers and Figs – Dutch Bucket Hydroponic SystemHow A Drip Hydroponic System Works

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  • Rainer Schulte: Herps & Fishes 4 years ago

    The air pump should go over an Interval timer to save energy. Then it is similar to an ebb and flow system. Solar driven air pump would be better! Air lift technique is a stone old aquarium basics- and some guys try to PATENT this- ridiculous!?

  • Ken Mosley Jr 4 years ago

    This is the best way each one of my buckets already has a airline i cut and put a tee conector one for a airstone and one for the drip ring i was really suprised and you will be too, THE BEST cheers…?

  • Anthony Reyes 4 years ago

    I will be doing this same setup but dosent my water need oxygen ie. Air stone? Or can i just use it how you have it??

  • John Meisenheimer 4 years ago

    thanks i have mine up and running?

  • Vikram Balaji 4 years ago

    How many lettuce-sized plants can you grow with this system??

  • Mary M. Jacobs 4 years ago

    The disadvantage of hydroponics is you need to buy "plant food" or nutrition and supplements which are more costly.?

  • Aries Letigre 4 years ago

    this is awesome and looks like it's a good cheap way to go. could care less about the terminology he uses.?

  • tonymengela 4 years ago

    Notice on support tube he cut a relief on the bottom of the support tube, also if you use a little dish soap on the grommet for drain tube it will insert much easier. over all good video. Also please note when using General Hydroponic solutions, only use half of what they call for on younger plants on first solution mix for bucket to keep from burning your plants up.?

  • broodjepoeder 4 years ago

    You sound like agent van Alden from the series boardwalk empire lol?

  • SMC72 4 years ago

    Solved my problem!!! Thank You Sir!!!!

  • piggiesrsmoken 4 years ago

    well nice how to dyi video yet the air line goes on back side of the drip ring
    not in front of it

  • Enrique Goitia 4 years ago

    i dont understand how the air pump is able to
    pump up water

  • Nathan Helvie 4 years ago

    Hate to break it to you RE-RE…the "pumping column support shaft" as you call it, is actually the light blocker for the water level…

  • Ayden Latta-rust 4 years ago

    is the cat included?

  • leobard 4 years ago

    There is a pump pumping air into the bottom of the bucket, into the "pumping column support tube" which he shows at 4:21. The air bubbles float from the bottom up, into the "pumping column", which is basically another tube. As the air bubbles go UP, they take the water with them, pushing the water up.

    I would guess that you can do an experiment to get the same effect by putting a straw into a water-filled garden hose and blowing into the straw strongly (the effect is not the same, but similar)

  • FenderGibsonWashburn 4 years ago

    Yep, this is where I got the idea for the peculator one I made.

  • ftrap3 4 years ago

    your pumps water like a coffee pod perculator

  • Robert Huffstutler 4 years ago

    Nice vid, THANKS, Gonna have winter tomatoes for sure.

  • T1ger8oi 4 years ago

    thanks for the video. is the air going into the support column or into the bucket? i was thinking if it is going into the bucket and the pressure brings the water up, then maybe i can hook that air tube to an airstone and use it to aerate the water as well. cant do that though if it has to go into the support column.

  • FenderGibsonWashburn 4 years ago

    It's ok for it to touch the bottom because the tube is cut at an angle. I only shortened it because the drip ring was splashing so much solution on the lid. That would be less of a problem if you used a larger net pot lid. Trim off an inch or so and see how you like it. Trim more if you think it's necessary. This is will be your system, modify it as you see fit.