Hydroponic at Home – Grow Tent Setup
If you are interested in building a complete and inexpensive home hydroponics system then this is the place for you!
Hydroponic systems have been around for centuries. The Aztecs designed floating rafts covered with dirt in which they planted food crops. The dirt was taken from the bottom of the lake so it was loaded with nutrients and the roots of the planted crops would dangle into the lake for water.
These rafts would just float around until harvest time. It has even been suggested that the famous ‘Gardens of Babylon’ were elaborate hydroponic systems.
Simple home growing systems can be built completely on your own even if you have little to no mechanical ability such as myself.
They can be as simple as a glass jar, an aquarium air-bubbler, and some plant nutrients to grow one plant or can consist of a 5-gallon cooler, an aquarium air bubbler, nutrients, and something to float the plants on such as styrofoam.
What you need to Build a complete Grow Tent Setup?
There are many benefits to hydroponics – it can be done anywhere, there’s no need for pesticides or insecticides, and the harvest is more consistent. In this post, we will go over how you can build your own DIY hydroponic system in your spare time!
Grow tent Setup
The first step to a successful indoor grow setup is purchasing the right equipment. This includes a grow tent and an air filter, as well as other items such as filters, extension cords, etc. For those who are new at this hobby, you should also purchase a book that will teach you how to do everything from start to finish. There’s no better way to learn than by doing!
Tent dimensions should accommodate your needs. For example, you may need a larger system if you plan to grow a lot of plants at once;
Pay attention to zippers. Most quality models have heavy-duty ones with double stitching; Some tents come with LED lights or other types of lamps included in the package. You can also fit them with cold cathodes to increase energy efficiency.
LED Grow light
Step two is to assemble your grow tent and hang the light fixture. You must ensure that all connections are tight, otherwise, you may be in for a fire hazard somewhere down the line.
Full-Spectrum LED Grow Lights
Before buying a grow light, you should know what you are looking for. Do you want a simple setup or a more complex one? Is the place where you plan to put your hydroponics system well-lit already? Also, think about how much electricity it is going to cost and whether it is worth the price tag. In order to choose the right light for your needs, consider these factors:
A full spectrum LED grow lights emits all of the colors found in sunlight except infrared and ultraviolet rays;
This means they produce rich red and blue wavelengths that stimulate plant growth;
They emit less power than traditional HPS/HID lamps and do not generate as much heat; These systems also use fans with higher CFM than average so they can easily cool the system;
UFO LED Grow Light for grow tent
These types of lights are, by far, the best choice when it comes to growing. They promote healthy plant growth and proper development while saving a lot on energy bills.
The right light will benefit your harvest so choose wisely when doing so. In order to take care of your plants properly, you need to have all the tools in place from day one!
Ventilation for Grow Tent
Step three is to place your fan inside of your grow tent near where you will enter it – this ensures proper circulation throughout the entire space. Also, make sure that there’s ample ventilation by leaving an opening at one end or side of the tent (and don’t forget about adding an air filter).
Hydroponics Bucket system
Next up is step: add water to the reservoir and attach it to the top of the light fixture with hookups intact. This should come standard when purchasing both items; if they do not include these parts then you can purchase them separately from the hydroponics supply store in your area.
You’ll need a watertight container that is transparent and has drainage holes in the bottom – this will be where you grow your plant’s roots.
You’ll also want a second container that will hold the nutrient solution and sit above your water tank, as well as an air pump for oxygenation.
Clay Pebbles for Hydroponics
Start by filling up the bottom of your water tank with gravel or small pebbles – this will keep larger particles from falling into your water and clogging up the system. You can then add a layer of clay balls to prevent root rot, as well as another layer of pebbles on top.
Then you will want to place your net pots in each corner – these should have holes for drainage at the bottom, so make sure they are deep enough that excess water won’t spill out. Add your plant to the net pot, being careful not to damage its roots, and fill in any areas around it with more clay balls or pebbles so that the water pools up against the sides of the container but doesn’t cover all of them.
Next, you will want to mix together a nutrient solution – this should contain all the minerals your plant needs to grow, as well as some vitamins and sugars. The solution should be about halfway up in your nutrient reservoir.
pH Pen for hydroponics
To regulate the pH level of your nutrient solution, a pH pen is a necessary tool. Ensure that the level in your reservoir is around five or six and that it is safe for consumption. You can purchase these pens at hydroponics supply stores if you do not have one already.
pH Up and Down control kit
You can also add pH up and down control kits (a single kit includes both) in order to keep the level in your reservoir steady. You will need to check on your plant regularly, looking for any signs of stress that might indicate the pH is too high or low.
Once you have everything set up, it should be safe for your plant to go through its life cycle. Make sure to pay attention to how much nutrient solution it needs so that you don’t overfeed it! The complete process will take around ten days or so before you get a fully-grown plant ready for consumption.
Hydroponic Water Pump
All you have to do is hook everything together with an air pump or two that will push oxygen into the water through a tube. You can then place your whole system under a grow light for maximum exposure to artificial sunlight.
Do not forget the importance of watering – if you see water seeping out from anywhere in your hydroponics system, it’s time to refill!
Air Stones for hydroponics air pump
And finally, the last piece in the puzzle is to add air stones to your water tank. These will create tiny bubbles in your reservoir that dissolve into fine mist at its surface – this mist is what will provide your plant with oxygen.
The complete process of hydroponic gardening should only take about ten days to get a fully-grown plant ready for consumption! If you are expecting plants to grow quickly then under 18 hours of light per day should do the trick, while if you want smaller plants wait around 14 hours including their dark period.
Dehumidifier for grow tent
If you live in an area where the climate tends to be extremely humid, a dehumidifier is another important buy. This device will ensure that your system remains free of mold and fungus – something that can destroy your crops;
Grow tent Heater
Another piece that you may need for your grow tent is a heater. If you live in an area where the winters are harsh and the temperatures dipping below freezing point, it could be dangerous to leave your plants exposed to such conditions. In extreme cases, this can lead to a total system failure;
If you live in the area, it is best to purchase a temperature controller. These devices will ensure that your system remains at optimal temperatures during both day and night;
CO2 Generator for growing rooms
Although not entirely necessary, CO2 generators are an excellent buy for those who want to achieve the best possible results. The device releases carbon dioxide into your grow tent so that your plants have enough of it during photosynthesis;
CO2 CONTROLLER for grow room
If you want to automate the CO2 generator, then it is best to purchase a controller as well. These can be adjusted so that your plants receive just the right amount of carbon dioxide during the day and night;
Carbon Filter for Grow Tent
Finally: add carbon filters to the air filter, then attach it with duct tape to the exhaust port of your grow tent (make sure connections are sealed).
Grow Light Timer
Then plug-in extension cord into a power strip and set up within reach of both outlets – if you need an extra length or two then use a heavy-duty one that can handle more electricity running through it. If all has gone well so far, turn on fans and light(s) for the initial test run! It’s best to wait 24 hours before actually turning them off again just in case something goes wrong during this time period. You don’t want anything catching fire while you’re asleep after all…
Indoor Hydroponic Garden Kits
You might want to invest in an indoor hydroponic kit that will have everything you need for growing your own medicine, including the light(s) and other accessories.
Hydroponic Garden Tower Kits
These kits are a good investment for those who want the convenience of indoor hydroponics without having to invest in grow tents or any other large-scale equipment.
Complete with lights, nutrient wafers, and a water tank, these setups can be placed on a desk or table for easy access during the day; For both newbies and veterans alike.
indoor Aquaponics starter Kits
Aquaponics is the process of cultivating plants in water-rich with nutrients. This system works by using fish to provide nutrients for your plants – this is why they are often referred to as ‘living filters’. Fish waste is rich in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous which will help boost your plant growth.
Maintaining the plant’s growth cycle:
It will be necessary to replace some or all of the nutrient solution every few weeks, and you should also check the water level of your system to make sure it doesn’t get too low. A good rule of thumb is that if more than an inch or two is gone from your reservoir, it’s time for a refill!
You will want to keep track of how often you need to replace the nutrient solution, as well as monitor the condition of your plant. If it is looking droopy or wilted, you may need to increase the amount of oxygen in your system – check for any clogs and make sure there aren’t too many bubbles accumulating on top!
Harvesting the produce:
Your plants will be ready to harvest when they are full-grown and the leaves begin to turn yellow. All you have to do is cut them off at their base, leaving about an inch of the stem with each one so that it can continue growing!
Cleaning up before you go: It is best not to leave any traces in your hydroponics system after harvesting – pours out all of the remaining nutrient solutions and then rinse everything with clean water.
How often should I change my nutrient solution?
The condition of your plant will determine how quickly you need to replace the nutrients in your system, so this depends on personal preference as well! You can also try experimenting by changing them at different intervals to see what works best.
It is best not to let your nutrient solution get too cold, as well as avoid letting any clogs form in the tubes! If you are having problems with algae or fungus growth, try using less light and more air pumps.
Where should I place my hydroponics system?
Try and find a spot that gets at least five to six hours of sunlight per day, as well as an area where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much between night and day. You also want your plants to be close enough so they can get plenty of oxygen.
What is hydroponics and why should I care about it?
Hydroponics is a way of growing plants in water instead of soil. Hydroponic gardens range from very simple systems that can be made out of household items, to more complex structures intended for commercial applications. Choosing the best hydroponic tools depends on how much you want to grow and what types of crops you are planning to plant!
Which types of hydroponics do we recommend?
There isn’t one perfect style of the system; the right choice will depend on what you want out of your garden! However, here are some good examples if you’re trying to decide: NFT systems work well with leafy greens like lettuce or spinach Ebb and flow setups tend to produce higher yields than other styles Flood and drain works best when growing larger root vegetables such as carrots If you aren’t sure where to start, one of our kits will get you started on the right track!
In conclusion, hydroponics provides an amazing way to grow your own food at home. With these types of systems available for sale, it doesn’t matter whether you’re just starting out or already have experience growing plants – there’s something here for everyone!