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How To Make An At-Home Hydroponic System

By on 11/17/2016

How To Make An At-Home Hydroponic System

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So you’ve read about hydroponics and now you want to set up one of your own? Learning how to make a hydroponic system is actually easy. But that’s only true if you stick to the simplest system first.

This means you’ll need to start with a water culture system. It’s relatively affordable compared to the other systems, and it’s much simpler too. This is a system that uses a Styrofoam platform to float your plants directly over the nutrient solution. With this system, a container of 5 gallons of water can help you grow about 5 plants.

1. Find a container you can use for the water nutrient solution. This can be a mere bucket or even a fish tank. Just make sure that light can go through the container. If it is transparent, you can paint it black. If it’s an aquarium you may want to reuse later, just wrap it with thick black trash bags.

You don’t want light to come in because that just promotes algae growth that steals nutrients from your plants. The container should also have the same area dimensions (length and width) from top to bottom.  (more…)

How Does A Hydroponic System Work?

By on 11/16/2016

How Does A Hydroponic System Work?

A hydroponic system is a way of growing plants indoors without the use of soil. It offers many advantages, and that includes how very little waste it produces that can harm the environment. But how does hydroponic system really work?

There’s really no simple answer to that question, due to the fact that there are several ways of designing a hydroponic system. But here are some of the more common systems, as well as a brief explanation of how each one works.

Water Culture

This is an active system, which means that it involves some moving parts. But of all the active systems, this one is the simplest. It’s mostly used for lettuce, as this is a water plant that grows very quickly.

You have a floating platform with plants, with the platform usually made of Styrofoam. This floats directly over the nutrient solution, which is usually an aquarium. There’s an airstone on the bottom of the nutrient solution, connected to an air pump outside the fish pump. So you just put in the nutrients in the solution, and then the roots get the nutrients the plants need directly from the solution.  (more…)

What Is a Hydroponic System?

By on 10/31/2016

What Is a Hydroponic System?

For most people, the concept of farming involves plants planted on the soil. But the hydroponic system is different. Instead, it’s a way to grow plants based on the use of water filled with the nutrients the plants need. So instead of using soil, you’ll use an inert medium like clay pellets or perlite. The plant roots come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while it also comes in direct contact with oxygen.

The Advantages of a Hydroponic System

Many people have shifted to the use of hydroponics when growing plants because of its many advantages.

  • You can grow plants the whole year round.
  • You can grow plants anywhere since you don’t need soil at all.
  • Because there’s no soil, you don’t have to till, change, or mulch the soil at all. You don’t have any problems with weeds either. You also don’t need to test the soil or fix any soil setup.
  • The space you need isn’t much, and on average you need 20% less space.
  • The water you use is only 5% of the amount of water you use for a soil-based system. The water conservation is due to the fact that the water you use can be reused.
  • You’re able to use a sterile setting, so there are no pests—and no pesticides either.
  • You can even get complete control over the nutrient balance your plants get.
  • Plants can grow 25% faster. That’s because they don’t expend unnecessary energy to obtain nutrients.
  • Harvesting is easy, and you can harvest up to 30% more plants this way.
  • It’s much better for the environment. That’s because the system reduces the amount of waste it produces. There’s also no soil runoff that can harm the environment.

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How to Make an Aquaponic System

By on 07/22/2016

How to Make an Aquaponic System

Are you thinking of setting up an aquaponic system? You don’t have to buy one, as you can learn how to make an aquaponic system easily. You don’t have to be a roofer or carpenter to build one.

It’s not really all that difficult to learn how to make an aquaponic system. While most systems are customized with various options, the basics of the system remain pretty much the same. If you already have a greenhouse, then you already have an ideal place for your system where you can keep it going the whole year round. So let’s tackle the various common components.

The Fish Tank

If you’ve seen a well-developed aquaponic system run by an experienced hobbyist, you may notice that it can be efficient enough to support a pound of fish for every gallon of water. But since you’re a newbie, you need some leeway so you can get the balance right. So at first, you should plan on stocking a single fish for every 10 gallons of water in the fish tank.

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How Does an Aquaponic System Work?

By on 07/17/2016

The Aquaponics Cycle

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An aquaponics system allows you to grow your fish and plants together using just a single system. So how does an aquaponic system work? It mimics how fish and plants interact naturally, and this growth system doesn’t produce any toxic waste. It doesn’t need chemical fertilizers and other nutrients for plants. The only additives you need are the natural chemicals you need for the water and the food you need to feed the fish.

It’s best to look at it as a cycle involving the tank for the fish and the grow bed for the plants. (more…)

What Is an Aquaponic System?

By on 07/14/2016

What Is an Aquaponic System?

Are you thinking of farming plants and growing fish? With aquaponics, you can do both at the same time using a single system. 

An aquaponic system is a way for you to farm both fish and plants together, using a cycle that mutually benefits both plants and fish. It’s actually a system that’s been in use for hundreds of years all over the world. It’s been in use for the longest time in rice paddies in Thailand and China. Even the Aztecs developed a similar system.

How Does It Work?

The basic idea is quite simple. The fish produce waste, which eventually become ammonia and nitrates. They’re bad for the fish when they build up too much, which is why you need to replace the water on a regular basis. On the other hand, they’re great for plants as fertilizer. The plants use up these nutrients, and so their roots filter out these dangerous compounds from the water. That’s just great for the fish as they get the recycled clean water.

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Welcome To Utah Aquaponics

By on 07/06/2016

Welcome to your #1 resource for everything aquaponics!

Whether you are doing an experiment, building an aquaponic system, looking to purchase a system, or building an entire aquaponic farm, you’ve come to the right place.

Here at Utah Aquaponics, we will provide you with how-to’s, products, reviews, and a widespread knowledge base for your aquaponics needs.

We have been building aquaponics systems here in Utah for years. There are various ways to build your systems. There are many things to grow and different fishes to raise in your aquaponic systems.

Come here to learn about everything and anything aquaponics as we strive to build this website hub spot to be a community effort so that we can use the “wisdom of the crowds”. We’ll see you soon!

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