Build your own Hydroponic Setup and start growing your water-based plants indoors or on your farm.
If you have a small farm, or grow water-based plants as a hobby, or you have this great idea for an organic startup, you've landed the right DIY PVC project for beginners! This Hydroponic Setup has accessible materials that are easy to find and work with.
Read about our four stages that we will guide you through to easily assemble your next Hydroponic setup.
Ideal for: Gardens, gardening systems, small farms, and indoor projects.
A note before starting -
Please understand - the below diagrams are genuinely and carefully designed to help you navigate the build process. However, we don’t include specific recommendations for which tools, hardware, or products to use. These truly are “DIY” designs.
As such – a significant portion of the build-process will be up to you, the builder. So please know, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to assemble any of our designs! If you need to depart from the instructions, or rearrange things along the way, feel free to.
The only thing we ask: please be safe! And of course, there’s no shame in asking an expert for help or seeking guidance from your local professionals at any time.
And please: enjoy the process!
Let's start our PVC project! To complete this first step you must carefully measure all your PVC pipes and cut them in the following order:
Two 2" PVC Tube - 3" long
Two 2” x 4” reducers
Two 4” couplers
One 4” Hydroponic Pipe
Once you've cut all your parts and made sure they are clean we will focus on the Hydroponic pipe. You have two options here: buy one with holes or make them yourself. If you're making these, we suggest using your electric hand saw with a big Auger bit or a Forstner bit. Both bits can drill through the PVC tube and leave perfect holes where you'll place your plants.
Once your holes are done grab your solvent cement and place one of the ends of the pipe in the 4" coupler. Remember that the cement dries quickly, so make sure you place the coupler correctly. You’ll do the same on the other extreme of the PVC pipe.
Once your couplers are placed on each extreme of the 4" hydroponic pipe, you can add to one side of the coupler, the 2" x 4" reducer, and then the same on the other coupler. In both cases, use your solvent cement.
The final piece to put into this pipe is the 2'' PVC tube. Make sure that both last piece sizes are 3" long. Place a tube into each reducer, glued with solvent cement.
With these final tubes placed on each extreme, your first Hydroponic pipe is ready, you’ll need four pieces of these for the next step.
Now, we're going to start building the Hydroponic System. For this step you must have prepared four Hydroponic tubes previously made and the connecting parts should measure as follows:
Three 2” Tube - 15” long
Seven 2” Elbow Slips
This step is very easy, but make sure you add enough solvent cement to each extreme so you have good and resistant parts glued to each one.
Gab your first Hydroponic tube and place some cement onto the 2 " tube (add this cement to the 2" elbow slip as well). Make sure they fit perfectly.
Then add cement to the other end of the elbow slip and to the 2" tube - 15'' long. This tube must also have on it's other end cement and then attach the next 2" elbow slip facing the right side.
Please look at our graphic for a reference.
Add the solvent cement to the elbow and then place in a second hydroponic tube. Remember that the holes for each tube must always be on top. You will then grab another elbow and place it on the other extreme of the hydroponic tube but this time facing down.
Next you'll place the "2" Tube - 15" long and fix it onto both elbows with solvent cement. The elbow placed on the bottom of the tube must face your left hand. You will now place the third Hydroponic tube.
Repeat this process until you place the last hydroponic tube. We're suggesting four pipes here, but you can modify our design and add as many as you need.
So for your last step on this stage, grab an elbow and face it down, then add the 2" tube, then another 2" elbow slip facing your right, and then the last hydroponic tube, and finally the last elbow slip.
We are almost done with this Hydroponic setup. Let's add a few accessories that will give life to this system. For this step, make sure to have:
One 2” tube -3” long
One ½” x 2” reducer
One ½” tube - 3” long
One ½” elbow
One ½” tube - 57.5” long
One ½” adapter
One Submersible Pump 550 GPH
Two 2” elbow
One 2” Tube- 14” long
One 2” Tube - 5” long
After you've left the system for a couple of hours, we will work on the pipe facing your right to add some solvent cement on it's extreme and in the 2" tube - 3" long. Then grab the 1/2 " x 2" reducer and place it onto the 2" tube. After placing cement on both extremes, add the 1/2" tube followed by the 1/2 " elbow.
Then place your 1/2 " tube - 57.5" log to the elbow and connect it with the 1/2 " adapter.
This adapter needs to be attached to the submersible pump.
Now let's turn our attention to the other end of the system. Grab your 2" elbow and with the solvent cement, glue it to your Hydroponic pipe. Then grab your 2" Tube - 14" long and add it to that elbow and grab the last elbow facing your right to fix it to the end of your 14" long PVC pipe. To finish this step, add the 2" pvc tube - 5" long and you're done!
Your Hydroponic system is ready and functioning. Now just place it on any PVC base you have or make your own as well. If you wish to submit plans for this specific Hydroponic PVC base, send us a message or tag us on TikTok.
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