Hi everyone. This is my first post so bare with me because I am still learning. I have built a High Pressure Aeroponic System that I would like to share with everyone. I have been doing some research on grow systems and I decided that this one seemed to be the best. I got most of my information from 2 websites. Aeroponics.net and aeroponicsdiy.com. This is a true high pressure system that will create the 5 to 50 micron droplets that are required for optimal root penetration.
A SCROG assembly was also built on top to train the plants. Also the system was put in a tub with wheels just in case of leaks and to move it around easily. This unit is portable if the need arise. I decided to use a cooler to better control the temperature of the root chamber. It also is better at eliminating any light.
The main part of the system is the pump. It pulls water out of the bottom of the cooler and pumps it through the lines and misters. What is not absorbed by the roots is returned to the bottom of the cooler and reused.
The water flows through a pressure gage, which is optional, then flows into the root chamber.
Inside the chamber there are 6 misters. 3 on each side and 2 on the bottom. I put an air stone in the bottom to oxygenate the water in the bottom. The filter is a 50 micron bag that was folded over 4 times.
Inside the root chamber I have put chicken wire so I can train the roots as they grow. I will weave the roots in the chicken wire so the bottom misters will spray up into the inside of the root. The other misters will spray the outside of the root to give a full 360 degree coverage inside and out. I also have a remote temperature sensor to regulate the root chamber if needed.
The parts lists is below if you want to build one. It cost about $300. They claim faster grows and bigger yields with this type of system. So we will see. I am germinating some gold leaf that I got from I love growing marijuana so I will put them in this system when they are ready. I will also start a separate grow journal when I start with a comparable dirt grow with same type of seeds. I wonder who will win????
Parts List - Cost-Source
1. Medium Cooler (Used from Salvation Army) $ 5.00 Used
2. AquaTec Pump 8800 W/transformer $105.00 E-bay
3. Short Cycle Timer $ 30.00 E-bay
4. Pressure Gage (200 psi) $ 8.00 Menards
5. Brass T ¼ D x ¼ ID x ¼ ID $ 8.50 Menards
6. (2)Plastic ¼ male 3/8 barb fitting $ 3.00 Menards
7. Air pump, tubing, air stone $ 10.00 Walmart
8. 3/8 OD Hard Plastic Tubing (2ft) $ 1.00 Hardware
9. ¼ OD Hard Plastic Tubing (8ft) $ 2.00 Hardware
10. (8) 1/4" ( Quick Connect ) 10/24 Misting Nozzle Tee $ 17.00 E-bay
11. (8) 10/24 UNC 00012” Misters $ 5.00 E-bay
12. Neeshow 1/4" OD Quick Connect Push
Water Tube Fitting Set Of 20 $ 13.00 E-bay
13. (12) Clamps for Electrical wire $ 3.00 Hardware
14. (3) ½” x 10ft PVC PIPE $ 6.00 Lowes
15. (6) L-Joint for ½ PVC $ 4.00 Lowes
16. (8) T-Joint for ½ PVC $ 5.00 Lowes
17. (8) Couplers for ½ PVC $ 5.00 Lowes
18. (4) Caps for ½ PVC $ 2.00 Lowes
19. (2) Clamp for ½ “ Pipe $ 3.50 Lowes
20. Roll of Chicken wire $ 5.00 Menards
21. Indoor/Outdoor Thermostat $ 16.00 Menards
22. Wire ties $ 4.00 Hardware
23. Screws Drywall 1 ¼ “ $ 4.50 Hardware
24. (2) Hose clamps (small) $ 3.00 Auto Zone
25. Screws Small (for wire clamps) $ 1.00 Walmart
26. 3” round saw $ 16.00 Hardware
27. 50 Micron Filter Bag $ 9.00 E-bay