Desktop Hydroponics

4 tier hydroponic system, with built in bell siphon system in each partition. Centre based water distribution.

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This is a 4 tier hydroponic system, it is still a work in progress. Use small pots or directly in the system itself. It was built to fit the Ultimaker 2 platform as per the dimensions they state, but after I noticed it needed to be printed at 98% to properly print. Normal to high quality print only. Need to ensure it is water tight for siphon to work properly.

A 5 gallon bucket design is also included, made to fit a 11,75in ID standard bucket.

I designed a clear or natural print cover to fit. But at this point it is not necessary. 

I printed a very small scale version to test the siphon system; it functioned. When the container became near full the drain began to drain until it was near empty again. Some will adjustments to the bell siphon exit port or to the pump will need to be made. This is to properly match the flow output vs input. The output should always be higher than the input. This way the water will never overflow and only fully drain then fill again.
Scaled down test can be seen here:

Materials and methods

- Small submersible fish pump.
- Air bubbler
- 1/4in 6.35mm tubing
- 4 x 100mm dia. pots with mesh or holes in them.
- Small clay rocks or marbles to fill in pots.
- Print in a non see through plastic to avoid undesired algae growth.



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Mini imageCleven commented ago

It is a siphon loop where the planters fill with water then start to drain only after they are filled (when the water passes the top of the loop, similar to a fish tank water system to keep the tank from completely draining ).

The bottom tank is the reservoir of water. You need a pump to bring the water to the planters (they are very cheap from a pet store). This way you have a continual flow of water. You may possibly want some type of air stone or something depending on what you want to achieve. I think the best option is to create one out of PVC and pots you purchase. Easier :D

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4e9e8ec70b79b608acfc3e59d941fb98?default=blank&size=40Declan Kerr commented ago

how exactly does it work. i understand it drains if over filled but does that mean i have to keep watering it like any other plant pot

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