Equipment & Materials

Questions about lighting, growing equipment, plumbing and pumps, tanks, growing media, nutrients, and other farm inputs.

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Is there anything wrong with an extended light cycle?

"No, if you have a 20 hour day length and 4 hour cycle you're fine."
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Should I use grow lights in my greenhouse?

"If you live in a northern latitude you'll need to supplement lighting."
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What is structured water?

"It isn't the magical mystical rainbow life energy."
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Can you use salmon in an aquaponics system?

"Technically you could but you would have to have a huge system."
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How cold can you get your greenhouse?

"You could, in theory, freeze your system."
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What's the best greenhouse workbench setup?

Keep the workbench close to the action.
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What's the best sump system for indoor farmers?

Single pump systems are typically used when everything is elevated above the sump.
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How do you autodose with hydroponics?

With "autodosing" hydroponic growers have the ability to provide the perfect amount of nutrients to their crops.
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What is a UV clarifiers?

A UV clarifier is usually a plastic or steel cylinder with a lamp housed inside. In that lamp is a filament that produces UV light.
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What are carbonates in aquaponics?

Carbonates in aquaponics frequently cause problems with fluctuating pH or difficulty to exit a high pH range.
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What is PAR and how does it work with LEDs and indoor farming?

PAR is a way to increase yield and reduce costs with LEDs and indoor farming.
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Should you spray in a greenhouse?

Preventative spraying/fogging is far more effective than trying to control an already infected system.
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What should you look for in a hydroponic growing medium?

You should look for SSA, CEC, weight, and structure in a hydroponic growing medium.
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Can grow lights burn my plants?

Light is a crucial factor to growing crops, but it can also introduce some issues. One of those potential issues is burning
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Can you use lemon juice in aquaponics systems?

Lemon juice is the wrong way to manage pH in aquaponic systems.
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How long should you keep light on your seedlings?

You should give seedlings between 12 and 18 hours of light to be healthy.
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Is LED lighting effective for indoor farms?

10 things indoor farmers should know about LED lighting
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What is a propagation chamber?

Propagation chambers are a way of starting seeds for indoor farms.
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Should you have a one pump or two pump aquaponics system?

One pump is a good thing. Two pumps are a bad thing.
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Can Biochar be used in hydroponics & aquaponics?

Here is why Biochar is a bad idea in hydroponics & aquaponics
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What dosing system should an indoor grower use?

Whether you’re an aquaponic or hydroponic grower, you can make use of auto-dosing systems.
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What do you need to know about artificial lighting?

You need to know enough light ≠ optimal light when it comes to artificial lighting
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Are hydroponics sterile?

Hydroponics has a reputation for being sterile
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What's the difference between conventional & organic fertilizers?

Conentional fertilizers contain artificial chemicals.
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Can you use catfish in aquaponics?

Catfish can be a great fish to use in aquaponics.
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How efficient is water use in hydroponics & aquaponics?

Hydroponics & aquaponics use almost 20x less water than traditional agriculture!
Written by Jesse Mann
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How do LED costs compare to HID lighting?

How do the costs of LED grow lights compare with traditional agricultural lighting (HID)? See an analysis of supplementary light costs here.
Written by Amy Storey
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How to Choose High Efficiency LEDs for Your Farm

LEDs are lauded for being high-efficiency; that is, for having low heat and high light production. But efficiency varies between LED brands.
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What are Farm Walls?

Farm Walls are single independent hydroponic systems that are great for hobby growers, restaurant displays, and special farm systems.
Written by Amy Storey
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How do I choose a hydroponic medium?

There are dozens of hydroponic media of different sizes & weights, colors & textures, origin & reuse. Here are some guidelines to choose.
Written by Amy Storey
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What are the important characteristics or traits of hydroponic media?

The key traits you need to know are SSA, CEC, weight, structure, cost, and sustainability in sourcing and reuse.
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What does and RO (Reverse Osmosis) system do? Do I need one?

Reverse osmosis (RO) filters separate water molecules from other dissolved solids in the water (like carbonates).
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