Simple DIY Hydroponic Systems (Tutorials & Diagrams)

DIY Hydroponic systems – build your hydro system quickly and easily.

Growing with hydroponics doesn’t have to be expensive, nor do you need a vast grow room to take advantage of some of the automation and advantages of building your marijuana hydroponic system.

The DIY hydro systems below range from beginner to advance, hopefully, you find one that will work for you. We’ll touch on seven types of systems and how to build a hydroponic system for your next grow.

Here is a selection of the best homemade hydroponics plans anybody can build. These plans include beginner, intermediate, and advanced setups for building a hydroponic system and a DIY hydroponics systems builder guide. Find the best hydroponic system for weed – DWC for yield, drip for simplicity.

A quick list of hydroponic grow systems for weed. What’s the cheapest hydroponic system? What is the easiest cheap DIY hydroponic system? It’s the one you make yourself. Ready to learn how to make a hydroponics system that doesn’t cost an arm and a toe?

Hydrofarm MGSYS Hydroponic Megagarden Ebb & Flow System in a 22' x 22' x 10' size Container,Black
Hydrofarm MGSYS Hydroponic Megagarden Ebb & Flow System in a 22″ x 22″ x 10″ size Container,Black
Get the convenience of an Ebb & Flow System in a 22″ x 22″ x10″ size garden; Includes fired-clay and pebble grow media; 7-1/2-gallon reservoir, water level indicator
Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bubbler Bucket Kit by PowerGrow ® Systems (4) 5 Gallon - 6' Buckets
Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponic Bubbler Bucket Kit by PowerGrow ® Systems (4) 5 Gallon – 6″ Buckets
Easy to use complete Deep Water Culture Hydroponic System! 4 Growing Sites!; Let’s you grow 4 different plants to maturity in one system!

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PVC NFT DIY Hydroponics System

nft diy hydroponics system

Large 4-inch PVC pipes can be used to create your homemade hydroponics system. In this plan, the plants are placed in cups arranged in holders drilled into the pipes.
The system is watered using a reservoir and pump. This is a closed system, with the water circulating between the pipes and the reservoir.
This plan is ideal for growing many small plants within a small area. The basic system can house anywhere from 20-40 plants.
This system can be placed indoors or outdoors. If indoors, grow lights are, of course, essential.
The hydroponics method used in this plant is called NFT. It is an excellent plan for growing plants like tomatoes.

Difficulty: Advanced

DIY Aeroponics Grow Box

DIY Aeroponics Grow Box

This DIY plan is a very flexible system that can be moved around quite a lot. It can be made with any sized storage tub or bin. It should have a lid.
The system uses PVC pipes, a submersible pump, and irrigation sprinkler heads to deliver nutrients and water to the plants.
The plants are housed in net cups filled with some growing medium. The lid of the box will house these net cups.

The plants are watered using the irrigation sprinkler heads, and the nutrients are delivered using the submersible pump. The system is very flexible and can be moved around quite a bit. It can be made with any sized storage tub or bin. It should have a lid.

The plants are housed in net cups filled with some growing medium. The lid of the box will house these net cups.

The system is straightforward and can be done in just a few minutes. It is a very efficient system and can be used to grow many plants.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Frame Hydroponic System

The frame hydroponic plan is very similar to the PVC hydroponic system. It uses the same NFT-based principles to feed nutrients and water to the plants.
The difference here is the increased verticality. Adding new layers of PVC pipes at different heights allows you to grow more plants in the same space.
The amount of tubing required will increase, as will the complexity of the pumping system.
This particular plan houses the PVC pipes on a wooden rack frame. You can grow herbs and plants like strawberries and tomatoes with this system.

Difficulty: Advanced

Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponics

This system is ideal for growing stuff like tomatoes and lettuce indoors. It is best to use a dark plastic storage tote that is perfect as the primary nutrient solution container.
Depending on the box size, anywhere from two to eight plants can be grown in this system.
The only other components required are an air stone and hoses to pump oxygen into the nutrient solution. This is an easy DIY hydroponic system that almost anyone can get growing quickly and easily. Deep Water Culture is also one of the best hydroponic systems for marijuana, resulting in huge yields.
The plants can be placed in net pots underneath LED grow lights.
Difficulty: Beginner
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Recirculating Deep Water Culture Hydro System

Recirculating deep water culture systems is becoming more and more popular amongst the growers we know. They offer not only tremendous yields, but once you have your system dialed in, it is relatively maintenance-free.
If you decide to build your own Recirculating DWC hydro system, understand that it is best to ‘dry run’ your system for a full 24 hours to ensure there are no leaks and to ensure that you have rinsed away any residue or materials that may be in the system after construction. DWC is easily one of the best hydroponic system for weed. Huge yields with a little less work..

Drip Water Hydroponics

DIY Drip Hydroponic System

Depending on your requirements and budget, drip systems can be simple or complex.
In a passive system, you can forego the pumps and use gravity to bring the nutrient-rich water solution to the plants. This will call for some creative placement of the garden and reservoir.
Or you can use a submersible pump and a network of thin tubing to deliver the nutrient solution in small amounts to the plants.
A growing medium is usually preferred for drip systems. Popular options include coir and perlite-vermiculite.
Difficulty: Beginner
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Ebb-Flow DIY Hydroponics System

This inexpensive homemade system uses a storage tray or tote to house the entire grow operation. This sweet little ebb-and-flow system will have your plants thriving!
The ebb-flow system involves growing plants in a medium and flooding the medium with nutrient solution for a few minutes at set intervals. It is also called a flood-drain system.
This system will need a pump and a timer for automated operation.
Difficulty: Intermediate

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Final Word

These are only a few examples of excellent hydroponics systems you can build yourself. DIY hydroponics are fun to build, and sometimes, they can be much cheaper than purchasing a pre-fab system from your local hydroponics store. What’s your choice for cannabis hydroponics systems?

Many different hydroponics systems can be built, and the possibilities are nearly endless. Here are just a few examples:

1. A simple hydroponics system can be built with a few pieces of hardware and some organic soil. This system is perfect for beginners who are looking to get started with hydroponics.

2. A more advanced hydroponics system with LED lights and a controller to help regulate plant growth. This system is perfect for those looking to grow large cannabis plants.

3. A hydroponics system that uses recycled water to help plants grow. This system is perfect for those looking to reduce their environmental impact.

There are endless possibilities when building your hydroponics system, so choose the perfect one.


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