Just a new take on the hydro farm bubble bucket. For me 3 gallon is too small, but it can work for someone with less room. It is about 8 to 10 inches shorter than a 5 gallon I would guess. The spider I think is hype, you can get just as mush air with a couple of air stones. For a first time grower it should do well. If you have a local hydro store check them out, most will have their own diy bucket system for less money and you are supporting a local business. Helps to build a relationship with your local shop, they have alot of knowledge and free advice.