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Hydroponic systems require reservoirs for the water / nutrient solution. A reservoir can be a bucket, a barrel, PVC tubing, or a fiberglass tank.
Buy a new tank for a reservoir? Or recycle a used tank?
Make a reservoir for a hydroponic garden? Or buy a manufactured reservoir?
One option: a used 55 gallon chemical barrel.
This video shows a problem with a HDPE 2 barrel.
Many years ago, I acquired a trashed barrel. I used the barrel as a reservoir for an outdoor hydroponic system.
HDPE 2 plastic goes brittle with time. When I relocated the system, the barrel got cracked. ( Any hit to the plastic will break the plastic. )
I tried to fix the crack with fiberglass. I did not know fiberglass will not bond to HDPE 2. Now I know.
( The video shows the fiberglass falling away from the HDPE plastic. After I made this video, I dropped the black barrel and broke the base. )
Using a HDPE 2 barrel presents problems.
If it is used, does it still hold water? A leak can lead to the burn-out of a $100 pump.
Has the plastic gone brittle?
How many modifications will be required? The hydroponic system will require PVC piping, the piping will require holes in the barrel — and if there is an error in the drilling, the hole cannot be patched with fiberglass.
If the gardener can afford to buy a commercial system, an Ebb & Gro system offers an out-of-the-box solution. Buy it, use it the first day.
Otherwise, learn plastics, develop sources for materials and components, learn to improvise.
Ebb & Gro systems are available from hydrosuppliers.com in Sylmar, California 91342.
http://hydrosuppliers.com also offers fittings, tubing, timers, pumps, and all the nutrients and other chemicals required for a successful hydroponic system.
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