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Guide to Connections & End Caps - DIY Hydroponic System Made EASY!

DIY Hydroponics has never been easier than with our purpose-built Hydroponic NFT Channels & Connectors!  Effortlessly piece together a hydroponic system to fit whatever space you have available to build the low-maintenance, space saving garden of your dreams!

We're thrilled to bring you a step-by-step guide on how to connect the end caps and connectors onto our hydroponic NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) channels. This guide is designed to help you unleash your creativity and construct an NFT system that fits your unique hydroponics needs.

We love seeing the innovative ways our customers use our products, so don't hesitate to share photos of your finished project with us. Who knows, your system might even get featured on our website or social media!


Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before you begin, ensure you have the right adhesive to create a water-tight bond. At Green Valley Hydroponics, we often use aquarium sealant, but you might also consider PVC cement. Whatever you choose, make sure it's suitable for a hydroponic environment.

Materials for this demonstration:

 Sealant, End Cap with Spout, NFT Channel

Step 2: Prepare Your Components

Use a paper towel or cloth to clean the areas of the end cap and the channel that will come into contact with the adhesive. This will help to ensure a strong, watertight bond.

Step 3: Apply the Adhesive

Apply a generous amount of adhesive to the overlapping sections of the end cap and the channel. Remember, your NFT system will be full of flowing water, so don't skimp on the sealant. Your goal is to prevent leaks, so be liberal with your application.

Step 4: Install the End Cap

Next, carefully insert the end cap into the end of the channel. Make sure it fits tightly. To keep everything in place while the adhesive dries, you can secure the end caps to the channels with a piece of tape. This is just a temporary measure until everything is dry and secure.

Step 5: Let It Dry

Patience is key here. Wait 24-48 hours for your connections to fully dry before you run water through your system. This waiting period is crucial to ensure a leak-free setup.

PRO TIP: We like to let the adhesive dry for 24 hours then we like to do a second layer of adhesive (where possible) over the first dried layer. This ensures that the system will run seamlessly the first time you run water through it. Better safe than sorry! 

Step 6: Test Your System

After the drying period, it's time to test your system. Check for leaks and ensure your pump isn't flowing too fast or causing overflow in any part of your system.

If you notice any leaks, mark the connections where the leaks occur, drain the system, and dry the area. Apply a second coating of adhesive to these spots, let it dry, and then test your system again.

Step 7: Celebrate Your Success

Congratulations! You've successfully set up your Green Valley Hydroponics NFT system. We're excited to see what you grow in your newly assembled hydroponics system.

Always feel free to reach out with any questions you may have and check our Blog for constant updates and tutorials!

Remember to send us photos of your finished project. We love celebrating our customers' successes, and your hydroponic system could inspire other growers in the Green Valley Hydroponics community.

Happy growing!


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