Water level as high as i can get it and ill tell you why not some back yard shade tree crap i read on the internet.
Its DWC stands for Deep water culture,Not shallow water culture,or half ass culture.The way your roots get DO is if they are in the water.I use to let my water sit below the nets and HAD nothing but issues with algae,bugs,worms and all kinds of headaches,
We put bennies in our water but let the top most important roots hang in the air where hot compressed air can bubble up to.DOES not make any sense to hang roots out of the water.If the bennies IN the water are going to work the roots need to be in the water.Not half of them.We are pumping all that dissolved oxygen into the water so out roots can take advantage of them.
I started to tape up the top 1 inch net holes in my pots and keep the water level there.So when roots come out they are submerged in the water where the DO and bennies are.
People will tell you they keep them an inch under but they never give a reason why.Its always just because thats the way everyone does it.I stopped doing it that way and have had nothing but healthy ass plants,no more root issues or algae and no more drain fly larvae.
I keep my water level right even with those holes the roots come out of.
No more brown algae or nasty shit at the top of my roots that leaches into the water.