Hi all! Thought I'd chime in with my first bucket build. Have been reading for a few months, gathering as much info as possible. Finally built my bucket about 2 weeks ago. I'm living in a place which doesn't have much available in terms of electronics and growing supplies. so I had to make a couple of shortcuts, but will be improving my build with time. The first upgrade is better fans, which are on the way.
The fans were hacked from a laptop cooler, the only fans I could find in my location. Have found someone to bring me some 120mm PC fans to replace these. Planning to put a fan on the top exhaust too, so it'll end up with 3 120mm fans (2 at the bottom, 1 on top). For lighting I have 2x 38watt LED grow bulbs, and a 5050 LED strip. Will be adding a second 5050 once my fans arrive. The second LED strip will go below the intake fans. Heres a picture of my LED strip spacer (currently turned off until the plant gets a bit bigger). Temps are good, averaging 80f. Humidity ranges between 50-50%.
The pipe on the left leads to a water reservoir in the bottom of the pot. The design is inspired by the global bucket and the hempy bucket. The basic idea is theres a section of soil that touches the water and wicks moisture up to the plant. The majority of the soil is raised above the water, as I understand the need for a wet/dry cycle and avoiding drowned roots. This is an experiment, but is important because I often go away for 2-3 days.