just a sec, this is gonna require a bowl...
ah lovely, all ready to go, are you? whether it be because you're sick of poor results or slowness or humidity domes, or because you wanna start the right way the first time, i understand your need for roots, so here is a simple step-by-step guide to building what is known as an Aero Cloner and been popularized as the expensive EZ-Cloner.
350GPH Danner Supreme Mag-Drive Utility Pump Model 3 (Model 5 500GPH for larger units)
35x 2inch Neoprene Insert Collars (only 50cents a pop in the 35x bag
12x Aeroponic Misters (EZ-Cloner replacement sprayers, Mister 320 etc)
1x Rubbermaid Roughneck 31gal Tub or equivalent
Schedule 40 PVC
1x 1/2" Pipe in length
1x 1/2" Female Connector
4x 1/2" Elbows
3x 1/2" Tees
11/32 Drill Bit (or 10/32 tap)
Glue Gun + Glue (or 2" netpots)
Composite Hacksaw (something to cut PVC)
Have you pulled these things out of your back pocket yet? Vundeba, let's begin constructing...
Screw the 1/2" Female PVC onto the pump output...
Cut PVC pipe for a length that ends up at least 6" below the top of the tub. Remember, you can always cut more off later, so don't cut too short. Clean all ends of plastic, and stick the pipe in the pump's fitting.
Stick 1/2" Tee on the pipe...
Cut 2 equal lengths to go the long distance of the tub...
Put the 2 last Tees on the ends...
Cut 4 equal length short pieces and stick in Tees after cleaned...
Attach the 4 elbows...
Measure and Cut 2 more equal length pieces to fit your rectangle, clean, and check to see how your barebones fits together...
Now take apart the PVC and with an 11/32 drill bit (or 10/32 tap) drill holes for the sprayers in the pipes, and screw in the misters. sealing these isn't really necessary, also your pvc should fit together tightly enough not to need sealing either.
As you can see that 18gal tub was a bit small, so i got the 31gal with plenty of space. Longer PVC, more misters, and a bigger pump and tub will allow you a bigger cloner, simple as that, design remains the same...
The Lid... drill the 2" holes you need. Clean the stray plastic off the holes without enlarging them, do no cut the plastic further yknow. Here you can either drop in 2" netpots, or what i had to do on some is to hot glue around the outside of the hole so the neoprene collars stuck in nicely, no netpot to fall in or for roots to get tangled in, or to buy
note: experience has shown users to cut the bottom half of netpots off so roots are not damaged on removal...
keep an eye on temps, they should be 68-78, 75F optimal. the pump keeps my temps perfect, but i suppose if it gets cold an aquarium heater would just be needed... but this...
you can see net pot or not makes no difference... and really temps are not a worry like in bubblecloning ugh... just ease here... warmer temps at the start n cooler temps after roots show is optimal, but any in the range will get ya success, and the pump should put the temp in a perfect spot!
i truly hope this saves folks the money that ez-cloners would steal from them, or makes roots possible, or both, just know that you can always do it yourself. peace n green thumbs all.