Whatsup everyone, hope all is well in the land of tokers and growers. Ive been growing off and on for a little over 10 years now. Moving back and forth between prohibition and non-prohibition states has contributed to that. fast forward to today and Ive had my medical license here since last fall. Ive been growing indoor soil + synthetic nutes like I always used to. Then my last grow I went to organic live soil. As much as I like the taste and quality of the bud, it takes a lot longer, and the yields are not what I would like considering that I grow Autos now. I just finished my live soil harvest and cleared out the main grow space in my grow room. Its a 5x5 area under a 550V2 quantum board. Back in my college days I had the opportunity to mess around with some aeroponics and really enjoyed it. This time around I decided to go the Deep Water Culture route but being the cheapo geek I am, had to build it myself. I built the entire set up for under 150$. I had some air lines, a few buckets, and a pump laying around from an old fish tank so that helped with the budget. Its a 6x 5gal bucket system. Each bucket has a 6in air stone at the bottom and a 6in net pot up top. I have a 6 port 950GPH air pump for the buckets and a little top-fin 2 port air pump from my fish tank for the main res. I have a larger res that all together with the buckets holds around 35-40 gallons. The buckets are all connected in line to the res. The final bucket has a pump that pulls water at around 80GPH and dumps it back into the res making the system "recirculating" Ive tested it out and the system runs pretty well. No leaks, no issues. The only thing I may add at this point would be a 7th bucket to place the pump in that returns water to the res. Im not sure how its going to do when all the roots start really growing. its a very small pump with a decent intake grate on it that sits flush with the bottom of the bucket so it should be fine but just in case I may. I used 1/2 fittings with 5/8ID tubing for the res lines. The pump line is a little 1/4in but its just fine with the pump. I have a PH/EC/RH/Temp active monitor on the way that I plan to mount on the wall above the res with the sensors running into the res itself. This should make life a little easier for when Im checking on things. I will still have a handheld of course to double verify and help with calibrating. The grow closet that I built is in a guest room next to a window on the back side of my house. This is going to make my services a little easier. I have a hose line right outside the window. If I pull the pump out of my 6th bucket and place it in the res, I can run the line out the window and bail all the water out. Then ill turn around and use the hose outside to fill the system back up. I hate lugging buckets of water around the house. The tap water here isnt the best so I plan on either using a 5micron carbon sediment filter for the hose, or spending a few extra buckets and installing something similar on the water supply for the entire house. So far I plan on running 3 part GH Flora. Havent decided what others I need yet still doing my research. As far as genetics go, I have 3 Dark Devil Auto Seeds and Im still deciding on the other 3 for this grow.