Calcium in Aquaponics
Apr08

Calcium in Aquaponics

Calcium in Aquaponic Systems – A Very Important Nutrient Calcium is one of the most important plant nutrients- in fact there are some who argue that it should be one of the primary plant nutrients, up there with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. A Common Nutrient in Aquaponics The fact that this is debated speaks to its importance in the plant growth cycle.  Calcium is a common nutrient in aquaponic systems and is not usually...

Read More
Modern Hydroponic Production: Why The Right People Are All Wrong
Mar18

Modern Hydroponic Production: Why The Right People Are All Wrong

More To Successful Growing Than Just Productivity? After a busy weekend drawing up half a dozen wiring schematics for several new farms we’re putting in, I came home a little grumpy to a sick baby girl, and half a dozen notifications regarding a LinkedIn Thread I’d recently commented on.  In passing, I’d mentioned that our equipment was seeing great results with strawberry production, and immediately one of the LinkedIn experts chimed...

Read More
Solids Removal in Aquaponics
Jan31

Solids Removal in Aquaponics

Solids removal is an important part of any aquaponic system. In raft systems this becomes expensive- you have to use some type of filtration to remove solids so that your raft beds don’t accumulate waste, your DO doesn’t crash, and your plant roots stay healthy. Media based techniques on the other hand, use the media bed to remove solids. Here at Bright Agrotech, we use our ZipGrow towers as mechanical filtration, sending almost all...

Read More
Wiggle Wire and Double Layer Greenhouses
Jan27

Wiggle Wire and Double Layer Greenhouses

Winter Winds and Wiggle Wire Greenhouse Designs This time of year the wind is whipping, the temperatures are plummeting and folks are asking about double layer poly coverings- the coverings of plastic film that we have on our greenhouses here at Bright Agrotech. We’ve been told over the years that what we’re doing doesn’t work, that poly can’t handle the windload, the snowload or the abuse that Wyoming winters tend to dish out.  Well,...

Read More
Diagnosing Potassium Deficiencies in Aquaponics
Jan07

Diagnosing Potassium Deficiencies in Aquaponics

Recognizing Potassium Deficiencies Part #1) Introduction to Potassium Part #2) Potassium in Your System Potassium deficiencies can be difficult to diagnose, primarily because they resemble in many aspects, deficiencies in Calcium and Magnesium.  There are some distinguishing features however.  How Do I Know It’s A Potassium Problem? Potassium will typically show up initially as interveinal chlorosis, starting in the older...

Read More
Potassium in Your Aquaponics System (Part 2)
Jan07

Potassium in Your Aquaponics System (Part 2)

Potassium in Your Aquaponics System Potassium is almost always deficient in mature aquaponic systems unless it is supplemented. Plants, and especially flowering and fruiting plants, consume potassium at rates significantly higher than rates of input. This basically means that in order to have healthy plants, you’ll have to artificially bump up the amount of potassium in your system. Miss part 1? Read the Introduction to Potassium...

Read More
Potassium in Aquaponics
Dec16

Potassium in Aquaponics

Potassium in Aquaponics:  N-P-K Potassium is hands down the most interesting and frustrating nutrient to manage in aquaponic systems. When there is a nutrient deficiency in aquaponic systems, 9 times out of 10, it is a potassium deficiency. Not only is there typically a lack of adequate levels of potassium in fish feed and waste, but potassium has a rather complicated relationship with other nutrients in the system. For this reason,...

Read More
One Pump vs. Two Pump Aquaponics Systems
Dec05

One Pump vs. Two Pump Aquaponics Systems

The problem with pumps One pump is a good thing.  Two pumps are a bad thing.  Twice the chance of failure, twice the maintenance and twice the headaches. I’ve received a lot of questions about two-pump systems lately- enough so that I decided to do a video response on the differences between one pump and two pump aquaponics systems. Constant Height Aquaponics Systems Almost everyone these days does a sump based, one pump system,...

Read More
Lowering pH in Aquaponics
Nov20

Lowering pH in Aquaponics

Lowering pH in Aquaponics Many beginners and intermediate aquaponic growers are often concerned about their high pH and want a quick fix to bring it down. This post will be short and sweet because my philosophies on lowering the pH in system with high pH are relatively uncomplicated. Lowering pH in Aquaponic Systems If you’re thinking about using a chemical or acid to lower your pH, don’t.  You’re just going to make your life more...

Read More
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers

%d bloggers like this: