Black Pail Bucket and Lid 20L: The Perfect Solution for Hydroponics and Aquaponics

This 20L black pail bucket and lid is designed to provide an ideal container for your hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Made in Australia, this sturdy, light-blocking plastic bucket prevents algae growth and comes with a sealable lid capable of accommodating 140mm to 300mm net pots. Its large diameter and compatibility with a variety of fittings make it an affordable alternative to PlantIt 20L plastic buckets.

Features and Benefits

  • Light-blocking black plastic: Prevents algae growth inside the bucket, ensuring a healthier environment for your plants.
  • Australian made: Guaranteed quality and durability.
  • Sturdy and sealable lid: Makes a strong platform for DWC (Deep Water Culture) hydroponic plants while keeping the water clean.
  • Large diameter: Compatible with 140mm to 300mm net pots, offering versatility for various plant types.
  • DIY filter option in aquaponics: Create a customised filter system inside the bucket to trap solids before they reach your grow media.

How to Use

  1. Drill holes in the bucket and lid to accommodate your selected net pots or uniseals, using a hole saw for precise cuts.
  2. Insert the net pots or uniseals into the drilled holes, securing them in place.
  3. Fill the bucket with water as needed for your hydroponic or aquaponic needs.
  4. Seal the bucket with the provided lid, ensuring a tight fit to prevent light penetration and maintain a clean environment.

Aqua Gardening Suggests These are Best For

This black pail bucket and lid is best suited for hobbyists or professionals looking to create a cost-effective, efficient hydroponic or aquaponic system. Its versatile design makes it useful for various plant types, and its light-blocking properties ensure a clean, healthy environment for your plants.

Notes from Aqua Gardening

  • When the lid is sealed in place, the tamper-evident seal will need to be broken to release it. The lid will still seal tightly after this, but the tamper-evident feature will be non-functional.
  • Dimensions: Max outer dimensions - 34cm diameter and 41cm high; Bucket height without lid - 39cm; Diameter at the top rim is exactly 29cm; Outer diameter of the bucket base is 26cm.

The Black Plastic Pail is 20 litres and comes with a lid and a strong handle. Great flex in the plastic for drilling holes into with a holesaw. Use the bucket as a water reservoir with a top hat grommet or a tub outlet. The Black Pails are made from food grade plastic, however are not UV stabilised. We chose to have the plastic as safe as possible to ensure healthy produce, rather than to add a UV stabiliser. The buckets still last well in the sun without UV protection.


What is the main advantage of using a black pail bucket for hydroponics and aquaponics?

The light-blocking black plastic prevents algae growth, making it an ideal choice for both hydroponic and aquaponic systems.

Can I use the black pail bucket for Deep Water Culture (DWC) hydroponic plants?

Yes, the sturdy and sealable lid makes a strong platform for DWC hydroponic plants.

What size of net pots can be used with the black pail bucket and lid?

The large diameter of the black pail bucket allows for 140mm to 300mm net pots.

How can I create a DIY filter in the black plastic pail for aquaponics?

You can fit the black plastic pail with uniseals and bulkheads (tub outlets) as the plastic is easy to drill. This makes the pails useful for aquaponic systems, where light needs to be blocked and DIY filters can be created to trap solids before they reach your grow media.

Are the black pail bucket and lid made in Australia?

Yes, the black pail bucket and lid are Australian-made.

What happens when I release the lid from the black plastic pail for the first time?

When the pail's lid is sealed in place, it will need to be broken to release the lid. The lid will still seal tightly afterward, but the "tamper evident" seal will be broken.

Can I easily cut holes in the black plastic pail?

Yes, the black plastic pail is easy to cut holes in using hole saws because the plastic is of good quality and has some stretch.

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