Planning my first Hudroponic System

by Marlena
(Antigua & Barbuda)

Hi there: I'm just about to start my hydroponic system using the styrofoam sheeting. Where can I source this at not a too exorbitant price? What chemicals should be used etc. Anymore advice would be appreciated. Thanks all.

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Dec 12, 2017
First Sysyem
by: Memwl

We need better explanation, I assume you are making a raft, Then what are you growing? First thing comes to mind is lettuce, Have you done your homework on nutrient and air requirements, Location Temp Etc

Dec 13, 2017
Hydroponic
by: M. Simon

Sorry about my vague comments. I hope to use the floating lettuce raft- so yes lettuce is my main focus at this time. Romaine lettuce to be exact. I have been trying to see where I can source the best lettuce raft and plastic for the grower beds that the rafts would be placed on. I live in a tropical climate so that is a consideration also. My husband and I hope that we would be able to gather as much information as possible before we start this process. What are the best fertilizers to use? Please feel free to ask any questions as I might not have asked about all that I should. Thanks much all.

Dec 27, 2017
First System
by: Memwl

How large are you planning to make, I would suggest you start small with a plastic tote and smaller raft
There are plans on line to show you how to build a wooden table and line it with 6 mil plastic, The nutrients are available specifically for lettuce,
I suggest you get some of that or read what the numbers are N P K first then see what micronutrients they contain before trying to mix up your own and get a PH pen. You may need one that reads PPM, Look up DIY raft lettuce systems, You will need a real good aeration system if it is to float however there are systems that the raft just sits over the solution and the roots just hang down into the water, Is this to be outside, if so you need to control algae so the basin has to be light tight and the raft should fit close as possible , a little wont hurt but a lot will take the oxy from the plants, so try a small one first before going 4 x 8, get an under bed storage tote that will hold water and at least 4 in deep min, Paint it black and get the Styrofoam and for for it.

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