My First Hydro System
I'm sure most of you have heard this question posed a thousand different ways and have answered it too many times to count. I have scoured the interwebs in search of what system will work best for me with my specific situation and what I have available to me, and I have narrowed it down to two options. I am considering both an Ebb and Flow system as well as a Nutrient Film Technique system. Both systems, I think, will allow me to get my feet wet in the world of hydroponics and allow me to learn a thing or two in the process. I do not plan on building a large unit just yet, I am just wanting something just large enough to experiment with.
I have ample space on my back patio which receives quite a bit of light (it is not covered). As mentioned before, I was looking into the Ebb and Flow system as well as the NFT system. For the Ebb and Flow I was considering using 4" PVC pipe, a total of 10 feet constructed in a U shape where I can have my "fill" nozzle on one end and the "overflow" on the other end, both within a reasonable distance from the reservoir. I was initially worried about the timer and how high to put the drain... etc. which was pushing me away from the Ebb and Flow. On the other hand, the NFT system sounded appealing because once you have your stream of water flowing, everything is gravy. There is my input, and here are the questions that I have:
1. Which system will allow me to learn the ins and outs of hydroponics as a newbie?
2. Which of the two systems will allow me to add onto it later easier?
3. What kind of medium should I use?