There are so many moving parts in hydroponic systems that it is easy to forget about one of the most important factors...water. Water, which makes up most of the earths surface also is the majority "body". It requires aeration and circulation - not to mention, it's the driver of nutrient delivery. So, let's look at a few of the key aspects of water and how to optimize it for your hydroponics system. Poor quality water can cause toxicity problems; disease, pH problems and the blockage of drippers and plumbing.
Aquaponic and hydroponic activities are gaining steam in nearly every feasible sense. Whether it's a home farmer looking to put food on his table or a grocery store looking to turn a higher margin, it won't take long until you stumble upon a related story. This is great news for people in the market because it drives even more awareness and understanding to industries that have long been misunderstood. There are so many Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts related to aquaponic and hydroponic activities that it's nearly impossible to narrow them down. However, it's worth a try; here are a few things that have popped up recently that are worth a second look...if not more.
Our first beta testers received these bad boys (look left) yesterday. Today they are installing them and getting them online. This is a great milestone for us at Osmo Systems and, in passing it, we're starting to really pick up speed.
Over the next few months we plan to ship out 50 units like these to farmers and hobbyists around the country. We've had such great support from you all in our endeavor which culminated in over 100 applications for the beta test itself. We, unfortunately, only have pieces to make 50 units, so we couldn't send one to everyone.
To get a range of feedback, we will be sending units to a range of folks including: a number commercial hydroponics, aquaculture, and aquaponics farms, dedicated hobbyists, entrepreneurs, university professors, and industry consultants. With each few weeks that passes, as we learn from the early testing stages, we plan to send out the next round of units in continuing waves.
A big thank you to all who have waited very patiently for this moment. Some of you having been following us for more than two years. Again, this has been a big week for us, and the future looks very bright.
We'll be sending out an update shortly to our email waitlist (if you're not already on it, signup here), and will be installing a live link of the data coming from a test unit running here in our lab shortly. Over the next few months the themes of this blog will likely shift from its current more informational posts towards product updates as we continue to make progress.
Though it may sound simple to just grow plants in your backyard or indoor facility there is certainly far more to the equation. With the growing complexity of hydroponic systems and their support mechanisms, farmers are finding it exceedingly important to properly monitor nutrient levels through the grow cycle. Comparing and contrasting various reading and algorithms can assist in monitoring by allowing farmers to clearly understand all variables that influence the success of yields. Whether it's dissolved oxygen, pH, nutrient measurements, or light spectrum readings, taking into account the growing number of information sources is essential. EC, TDS and PPM are numbers that can be used in different fashions to help expose areas of success and improvement in your system.
Understanding the variables involved in balancing your system can help increase overall yield and quality of plants in your hydroponic and/or aquaponic system. Obviously, the pH scale is important to understand if you plan on being successful at growing anything. However, there are a variety of other factors that both influence pH and have just as much impact on plant growth itself. Let's look further into pH, nutrients and light and temperature. We'll be keeping a broad ranging approach as we look at each topic and not focus on any plant or system in particular. Click below!
Any garden has it's problems and issues. Due to the technical aspects of aquaponics there are a plethora of issues that are unique to the industry. There are several issues that may be key to focus on - especially at ideal touch points for aquaponic systems. Though there are many issues that could be addressed, we tried to summarize several keys ones. As always, doing your research and thoroughly monitoring your system will increase the likelihood that you can catch these problems early and contain the issue. Ideally, you'll be able to manage the entire system effectively enough to prevent problems before they start. But, as always, things don't go as planned sometimes.