How to Make a Bubbler Hydroponics System


A hydroponic system grows plants without the use of soil, instead utilizing a nutrient solution that provides the plant with the elements it needs to survive. A basic hydroponic system is capable of large yields in the simple bubbler system. A hydroponic bubbler suspends plants just above a nutrient solution stored in a reservoir. An air stone, powered by a fish tank pump, sends bubbles through the nutrient solution, causing it to touch the roots of the plant.

Step 1

Trace a line around the bottom of your mesh pots onto the lid of the container. Cut the lid so that the mesh pots fit into the holes up to the lip of the pot.

Step 2

Place the air stone, connected to the air pump using the air tubing, into the bottom of the plastic container. Cut a small hole on the side of the lid to accommodate the air hose.

Step 3

Fill the mesh pots with growing medium, such as perlite or vermiculite, and place your plants into it.

Step 4

Mix your nutrient solution with water according to the package instructions. Fill the plastic container so that the nutrient solution is 1 inch below the bottom of the mesh pots when the lid is place on the container.

Step 5

Place the lid on the container, holding the pots, and turn on the system. Ensure the liquid is touching the bottom of the mesh pots.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container with lid
  • 4 to 5 mesh pots
  • Air pump
  • Air stone
  • Tubing
  • Nutrient solution
  • Growing media
  • Sharp knife


  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Hydroponics for Home Gardeners
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Home Hydroponics
  • Easy Hydroponics: How to Build a Bubbler Hydroponics System
Keywords: hydroponic bubbler, hydroponic home system, hydroponic aeration system

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