This is the second type of hydroponics system i decided to setup:  it was almost the cheapest  to build,

and it certainly seems like the simplest, and more reliable one to make (no water pump required).

You can find more info on Deep water culture here Or here


-One or more cheap plastic containers (bought these 5 L ones for 2.50 euros)

-Saw to cut out the lid (i used a 60 mm one, standard plastic cups fit right in) (5euros for a set of 6 different diameters)

-Air pump : standard aquarium air pump (around 20-30 euros for a Rena pump)

-Air Stones : amazingly , the most expensive part since you get about 4 for 5 euros (might want to find some for less on ebay)

-Basic plastic cups : you will need to drill/melt a few holes and cut the sides a bit to let the water and the roots through

The rest of the list is purely dependent on your specific needs:

-Depending on whether you will be  doing your culture indoor or outdoors you might need some lamps ( i just bought some relatively cheap (19 euros) 13W/50 cm fluorescent tubes, not sure on how fine that will go , but well)

-I also had to build a door and some walls to provide some protection of my tiny flat from water projections/ isolate the grow box a bit

-Since the plastic boxes i got were transparent, i also had to make sure no light would come through, so i covered them with some rather thick plastic foil (if you find an opaque box that fits your needs, obviously this step is useless:)

The result:

So i have divided my available shelving place (30*35 *180) into two compartments :

-upper shelving : see first part : for the ebb and flow system

-lower shelving : (30*35*80) this is where i setup the dwc system :


Close Up:



I went through a bit of trial and error, and tried to make a maximum use of what i had in hand, so it is far from perfect:

-The air pump , however silent the manufacturer claims it to be, is still too bloody noisy for a flat as small as mine ( the air pump is aproximatly 1m away from my bed!), and i still havent found a way to reduce the noise completely

-The air piping that goes through the lid was not a wise decision i guess : while it isn’t too hard to remove, it would have been better to make the piping go through the top of the side of the box instead, to reduce any risk of hurting the plants during maintenance

-I did not really have a choice given the limited space i have, but still, these plastic boxes can contain only 5 l of water, which is pretty lousy

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Hydroponics(2) Dwc (Deep Water Culture) Setup

  • November 12, 2009 at 10:45

    SO I know the opaque boxes and/or foil will help keep algae from growing, but really NO water pump or filter? can you really grow a plant to maturity with the same water, it just doesnt seem like it would work root rot and all And how do u add the nutes, please publish a second part to this article, im intrigued.
    Almost 20euros for a 13watt fluoro tube?!?! thats like $30us If I’m not mistaken ( I might have done that backward but right now $1us=0.666euro ), here U can get the GE 20Watt 2ft Gro-Lux tubes for $5.00us or 3.30euros, which have been proven (side by side comparison) to be THE best tubes for growing u can get, with their peak in the red and blue nm light zones . Also wondering what Kelvin the tubes are, are they gro lights, or 2700K, 3500K, etc. If u cant tell the kelvin, are they warm white or cold white, wondering if ur just using for veg stage or if u plan on growing plants to maturity with this system. so many questions, sorry!

  • November 12, 2009 at 10:47

    ah they look like cool white, so must be a veg chamber…


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