HydroReds Budget Bubble Cloner

HydroRed

3Thirteen Seeds
Staff member
PARTS LIST:

(1) 10 Gallon Rectangular Tote with locking lid
(Approx. dimensions 21" x 16" x 9") -$6.00

(4) 14" Aquarium Bubble Stones -$10.00

(1) 20-60 Gallon Dual Outlet Aquarium Air Pump -$9.00

(1) 1/2" ID Rubber Grommet -$0.29

(1) 1/2" Barbed 90* Fitting -$0.59

(1) 12" Piece of 1/2" Clear Tubing -$1.00

(1) 25' Length of 1/4" Silicone Tubing -$3.00

(1) Ebay Digital Aquarium Water Thermometer -$3.00

(13) 2" Neoprene Plugs -$6.00

(2) 1/4" Barbed "T's" -$1.00

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NOTES:

All parts can be aquired at your local home improvement store/Walmart & Ebay

Be sure to pay attention to the top of the lid for the tote.
It's shape affects its function so look for a tote with a locking lid that is recessed down
lower from the edge to the center -keeping water from dripping out from the sealing edge of the container and lid.
(Use picture of tote for example)





TOOLS REQUIRED:

3/4" Hole Saw Spade Bit

1-3/4" Hole Saw

Tape Measure

Marker

Drill

tools needed.JPG


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DIRECTIONS:

-Mark out your desired neoprene plug destinations on the lid.

-Drill out the holes for the 2" neoprene plugs with the 1-3/4" Hole saw.

4 neoprene holes.JPG


-Drill hole in the side wall of your tote near the bottom for your drain/sight tube
with the 3/4" hole spade bit. **Careful not to put the hole on/near any curved part of the tote
as this will make sealing the grommet virtually impossible.
(Note the ideal placement of the hole in the picture.)

5 fill tube.JPG


-Apply the rubber grommet to the 1" hole.

-Apply the 1/2" barbed 90* fitting into the 12" sight tubing, then apply the barbed fitting into the rubber grommet.
(This will be a bit tight and hard to get in, but you want this for a good water tight seal.)

-Attach 2 airstones together with the 1/4" barbed "T" fitting as shown.

qtr in barbed tees.JPG


-Connect each set of air stones to the air pump and align them in the bottom of the tote after feeding them through
the neoprene plugs in the lid. Feed the probe for the temp gauge & the air pump tubing through the neoprene plug.(As seen in picture.)

assembled cloner.JPG




inside assembled cloner.jpg





You can drill some 1/4" holes in the lid and feed the air tubes through that if you dont want to give up any spaces
for your clones. I only run 10 clones at a time so I dont mind giving up 3 spots for the tubes and probe.

-Fill reservoir up to approx 1" under the bottom of the cuttings and mark your sight tube so you know where to fill
to in the future and this also alerts you as to when your reservoir levels are low. Trim the sight tube to size.

cut sight tube.jpg


-Let the airstones soak in the water for an hour BEFORE tuning on the air pump. Your stone will work much more
effectively if you do this first.

-Your bubble cloner is now ready to root clones.
With this set-up, you should have huge roots in 7-14 days.
Keep in mind, you can apply this build to any size tote you choose and have as many sites as you care to fit on the tote you use.
 

HydroRed

3Thirteen Seeds
Staff member
Thank you guys. I have another version of this as well, but even more "bare bones" for those uber frugal dorks like me. 🤓
Just as effective but a few $ cheaper. Im also going to be redoing my DIY Flood & Drain setup/writeup.


Dont want to jack the boss's deal...
But.....
Awesome, this totally belongs here @basscaptain . This is the kind of stuff that builds a great DIY section and help folks who cant/wont pay outrageous prices for hydroponics gear.
 

Drynobbob

In Bloom
Home despot has the aerocloner pump, manifold, and spray tips on sale now 20 bucks. Need 2 for a tote, 1 for a five gallon bucket style. Love reds cloner too tho, I gifted it to a growmie, had an empty tote laying around, bored, so I tried it. 1 actually will work the tote but two is tits. Just a point to ponder, love all the choices to fit individual needs without having to buy an expensive cloner, which I might do if rich, lol
 

jaguarlax

Tactical Gardener
Staff member
Moderator
PARTS LIST:

(1) 10 Gallon Rectangular Tote with locking lid
(Approx. dimensions 21" x 16" x 9") -$6.00

(4) 14" Aquarium Bubble Stones -$10.00

(1) 20-60 Gallon Dual Outlet Aquarium Air Pump -$9.00

(1) 1/2" ID Rubber Grommet -$0.29

(1) 1/2" Barbed 90* Fitting -$0.59

(1) 12" Piece of 1/2" Clear Tubing -$1.00

(1) 25' Length of 1/4" Silicone Tubing -$3.00

(1) Ebay Digital Aquarium Water Thermometer -$3.00

(13) 2" Neoprene Plugs -$6.00

(2) 1/4" Barbed "T's" -$1.00

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NOTES:

All parts can be aquired at your local home improvement store/Walmart & Ebay

Be sure to pay attention to the top of the lid for the tote.
It's shape affects its function so look for a tote with a locking lid that is recessed down
lower from the edge to the center -keeping water from dripping out from the sealing edge of the container and lid.
(Use picture of tote for example)





TOOLS REQUIRED:

3/4" Hole Saw Spade Bit

1-3/4" Hole Saw

Tape Measure

Marker

Drill

tools needed.JPG


____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


DIRECTIONS:

-Mark out your desired neoprene plug destinations on the lid.

-Drill out the holes for the 2" neoprene plugs with the 1-3/4" Hole saw.

4 neoprene holes.JPG


-Drill hole in the side wall of your tote near the bottom for your drain/sight tube
with the 3/4" hole spade bit. **Careful not to put the hole on/near any curved part of the tote
as this will make sealing the grommet virtually impossible.
(Note the ideal placement of the hole in the picture.)

5 fill tube.JPG


-Apply the rubber grommet to the 1" hole.

-Apply the 1/2" barbed 90* fitting into the 12" sight tubing, then apply the barbed fitting into the rubber grommet.
(This will be a bit tight and hard to get in, but you want this for a good water tight seal.)

-Attach 2 airstones together with the 1/4" barbed "T" fitting as shown.

qtr in barbed tees.JPG


-Connect each set of air stones to the air pump and align them in the bottom of the tote after feeding them through
the neoprene plugs in the lid. Feed the probe for the temp gauge & the air pump tubing through the neoprene plug.(As seen in picture.)

assembled cloner.JPG




inside assembled cloner.jpg





You can drill some 1/4" holes in the lid and feed the air tubes through that if you dont want to give up any spaces
for your clones. I only run 10 clones at a time so I dont mind giving up 3 spots for the tubes and probe.

-Fill reservoir up to approx 1" under the bottom of the cuttings and mark your sight tube so you know where to fill
to in the future and this also alerts you as to when your reservoir levels are low. Trim the sight tube to size.

cut sight tube.jpg


-Let the airstones soak in the water for an hour BEFORE tuning on the air pump. Your stone will work much more
effectively if you do this first.

-Your bubble cloner is now ready to root clones.
With this set-up, you should have huge roots in 7-14 days.
Keep in mind, you can apply this build to any size tote you choose and have as many sites as you care to fit on the tote you use.

This looks like its right up my alley... I think I may have enough shit laying around to swing this without a trip to the fishy store... Challenge Accepted
 
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