Wondering if anyone has any hints or experience to share for a novice wanting to start a hydroponic and/or aquaponic system? I have multiple jars i wanted to up cycle (2 litre capacity approx, they're quite large), and am trying to self educate as much as possible before experimenting.
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Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @humblejoe. It's great to have you join us and many thanks for your question.
The most basic form of hydroponics is a wicking system. This would be a fantastic place to start and provides the most room for mistakes as a novice.
You could easily construct a simple system by using the following products:
The water inside the reservoir will need to be refreshed regularly to maintain the optimum nutrient balance. If the reservoir is not in a light-free area, this will also help prevent the growth of algae and other organisms in the nutrient-rich water. You can use a regular aquarium air stone and pump as your aeration system. Having an aeration system is a good choice in a wick system reservoir. This ensures that the water is adequately oxygenated. This is important as the roots of the plants are never dry in a wick system.
Please let me know if you need further information or have any questions.
Let me also extend my own personal welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. We trust that you'll get loads of helpful information, advice and inspiration for all your projects from our amazing members.
Let me also tag @Brad as I'm sure he will be keen to join in the discussion.
Thanks so much, this is extremely helpful!
Once i start my project I'll be sure to share my experience!