A co-worker and I set up a system at work at my cubicle. We used 1.5 liter plastic Coca-Cola bottles. They were first wrapped with black electrical tape and then aluminum ducting tape to keep the light from the roots.
As far as the air lift system, I purchased a $6 air pump from Walmart. The air line setup that we came up with does not need any special parts or fittings other than a “T” and a valve.
All of these items I had lying around and so far have only spent $6! I will update later on the progress and what else we used/added.
Our other co-workers have stopped by to look at our setup and have wondered what it is. We’ll keep them guessing.