High All, I’ve noticed many having cloning troubles, as most of us do when we venture into the cloning arena. Over the years I have tried many different methods and ended up with the bubble cloner. There are many how to’s on the subject, but I thought maybe if this helps just one person then it has served its purpose. For the cloner you will need: 1 - small plastic container with a lid (container shown 20 quart / 5 gallon) 2” net pots - qty determined by the number of clone spots you will have in your cloner 2” neoprene discs made for cloners, same number as net cups. 1 - air pump that can handle a 12” air stone 1 - 12” air stone tubing - long enough to go from the pump to the stone inside the bubbler 1 - small aquarium heater 1 - small aquarium thermostat ( optional) foil tape - enough to cover the outside of the bin and lid Tools: drill 2” hole saw 3/16 drill bit plastic de-burring tool 90 alcohol rag razor knife measuring tape ￼ First find yourself a small bin (bin shown 20 qt / 5 gal), they can usually be found in the storage area at most stores. This one was located at home depot - 3.99 I think. this will do, we are going to cover it in foil tape so the color really doesn’t matter and the price is right. ￼ Decide how many cells you are going to have, an easy way is to spread the neoprene discs out to see what will fit without hitting the curves around the outside edge of the lid. You want them to sit flat so be careful not to get too close. Once you decide on cells use the 2” hole saw and cut your holes. Lay them out so they are evenly spaced, the area between the discs breaks easily if the spacing between the holes is too small. ￼ Once the holes are cut use the de-burring tool to get the edge of the holes clean, check fit of the net cup. You want the net cup to sit flush against the lid. cut the bottom off the net cups to allow more spray directly on the cut ￼ Take the container and wash it off with the alcohol - important because the manufacturers use a release agent on the tooling when the plastic bin is made. Now cover the bottom of the container with the foil tape length wise, overlapping the edges of the tape. You want the cut edge of the tape to go up the sides a bit. After you’ve covered the bottom of the bin with tape, work your way around the outside of the side walls, completely covering them in foil tape as well. Watch the area under the edge of the rolled lip at the top of the container, tuck the tape in so the tape doesn’t break or cause a light leak. Hold the bin up in front of the light so you can see inside the bin, and check for light leaks. You want to make sure that you cannot see light between the pieces of the tape. If you do, it’s ok just cover the area with tape. Now you’re going to cover the lid with foil tape. Once you’ve covered the lid, use your razor knife to cut an X pattern across the holes for the net cups, bend that tape back thru the lid securely. If you cleaned well with alcohol this tape will stick like nobodies business, so just keep it as neat as possible. ￼ Drill a hole up high in the wall for the air tube to go thru and make a shallow slot for the heater cord, put it all together it should look like this.... ￼ The inside walls of the bubble cloner will need to be cleaned with alcohol then allowed to dry. Center your air stone in the bottom of the cloner - as you can see i use the extra suction cups bought for a heater they snap on pretty good. Install the heater and aquarium thermometer (see pic for placement). Here’s what the finished product looks like with 9 clone sites. As you can see, the lid and bin are covered in foil tape. This will light proof it and also make it so the light doesn’t overheat the water inside the cloner. ￼ ￼ As long as your using 9 sites a single 12" air stone should do it. With more clone sites, I'd recommend another 12" air stone. I will follow this up with a how to clone shortly. hope this helps guys..feel free to ask any questions you may have It was requesting to put this here as its easier to find... CLONING: to take a clone, you will need. exacto knife with new blade alcohol scissors small bowl superthrive. set up youre new cloner the day before you clone, add distelled water with 1 drop of superthrive per gallon, set ur heater and leave until the big day. wipe your exacto knife, scissors and your bowl off with alcohol, fill the bowl with water from your cloner, may want to wipe ur hands also, I do... locate the branches that will make good clones, the thicker the stem the better but any that have a min of three nodes will do. right below the 3rd node is where you will cut. sit the bowl close to your plant, then use the scissors to cut the branch from the plant cut square at this point, quickly put the cut end into the bowl of water, reach under the water with the exacto blade and cut a 45 degree angle on the bottom, making sure the end never leaves the water.(very important as an air embolism will kill ur cut.( repeat this step until you have all clones your taking) just make sure none come out of the water.. leave that soak in the water for 15 minutes. now you can remove it from the water and trim off lower branches if necessary, scrape up one side of the stem using the blade perpendicular to the stem lightly as to only rub off one layer of the stem skin.. then insert the clone into the neoprene disc trying to leave and inch or so under the neporene, place that into your netpot and insert into your cloner. 1 hour after you have put the new clones into the cloner, go back and check, if any of them has to much of a gap between the cut end and the water they will wilt,(1/4") just slide them deeper into the netpot and they will recover quickly. check the water level every other day or so, you may have to add some back (distelled water) do to evaporation.. no spraying necessary and no dome. 5-7 seven days roots will start to form, if you notice any leaf discolor the leafs can be cut back 50%. I used to do that at the beginning, but have found with superthrive you dont have to. Thats prety much it. the 15 minute waiting period works with all types of cloning, it really does help. Cleaninig your blade in between cuts is a good practice also.