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  • Tanmay Srivastava 4 months ago

    Please ignore my below post

  • Catherine J. Wooding 4 months ago

    The issue with hydroponics is that you will need to shop for "plant food" or nutrition and supplements which can be expensive.

  • Catherine J. Wooding 4 months ago

    The drawback to hydroponics is that you will need to shop for "plant food" or nutrients and supplements that are more costly.

  • DJkoh 4 months ago

    After few weeks, do you add molasses into CT after transplanting those seeds? 

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    Yes I have worked allot with aquaponics (see my other videos). However when combining fish and plants together they both suffer a little bit. Aquaponics is about finding the fine balance between keeping the fish alive and keeping the plants alive. Also keep in mind that feeding the fish is often more expensive than feeding the plants. FYI-Compare a high grade fish protein meal to bulk fertilizer salts.

  • Civil Sitis 4 months ago

    I know you are right but i cant eat my salad knowing that it grow with my urine :o)

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    EC is always important however it is hard to read in organics. Just remember the plant knows no difference from organic or sythetic, plant science will tell you that plants take up nutrient salts, adding organics means you just have to wait for the plant to break the organics into salts…in the end the plant is always taking up salts.

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    We have wormbeds in our greenhouse and they help spike the EC (barely) and add a small amount of microbial populations, however the main purpose is to help clarify particulate in the water.With our biological filtration and fish waste we already have high microbial life.Over time natural things like rock dust, etc are highly available to the plant but the key is over time. Remember plants only take up salts, so if you are not adding salts then it will take time to break down into a salt.

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    That's why salt based hydroponics is the most earth friendly and healthiest way to grow crops. In terms of efficiency, harvest and impact on the earth no other growing method comes at all close….this includes organic farming, traditional farming, non-hydro greenhouses, etc.

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    E. Coli has been found in many fish species the harm is not in the fish since they are cold blooded they are not prime suspects for E. Coli however the water will be contaminated which will almost always at some point come in contact with your produce, hence the concern. Also at the rate we produce food crops in the US there would simply not be enough organic fertilizer in the world to keep up with our demands for one season!

  • 4Tounces2Freedom 4 months ago

    I disagree with you. Aquaponics that uses vermiculture in the beds is like a naturally live and active compost tea that the plants grow in. The beds house live bacteria and fungus that help the plant roots to grow strong and better absorb nutrients. Also, fish poop and healthily fed worms within the growbeds have 0% chance of E Coli or anything like that. Animal manure is where the real scares are. Micronutrients are more available in natural things like rock dust that can be used in aquaponics

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    ……and more recently listeria and other microbial outbreaks. Also compost tea lack the potency for max. yield. There is no way we would be able to feed our tomato greenhouse with just a tea mix. We are at levels above 2.5 EC compost tea will get nowhere close to this and our yields would be less than half. However the future for compost tea relies in a hybrid method of conventional nutrient salts and compost tea as an innoculant, pest/disease barrier, etc.That's what we are working on:)

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    I like the enthusiasm. However compost tea has many drawbacks and this is why it's not done on a large scale. chelated nutrient salts are actually much safer for handling and food consumption than compost teas. Think of it this way, would you rather have your plant sprayed with a sterile salt water mix or an un-sterile manure mixture? With proper practice compost tea is by all means a safe method, but you do have to be aware of the bad bacteria that comes with the good! Remember E-Coli…..

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    The Earth Juice I use provides no nutrient value at all, it's just citric acid, I use it to adjust pH. The seaweed is an organic means of providing the micro-nutrient levels that compost alone can't produce. The hummates and molasses are simply food sources for fungi and bacteria, respectively.

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    Compost Tea refers to the final product or the "tea" with or without additives, although a compost tea without additives would not be as effective. Think of it as the ice tea we drink. The main ingredient is the tea leaves, however by adding lemons or honey or other ingredients doesn't change the fact that it is tea. In this case I'm actually using worm castings so that is not really even compost 🙂

  • Michel Sirois 4 months ago

    Actually, you list Earth juice and dried seaweed as ingredients. So no it is not solely compost tea that you are using.

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    If things get anaerobic that's bad and it will smell like rotten eggs (sulfur) however in aeroponics this is not an issue. Slime mold is also bad you can google that. Just keep an eye on your plants and see how they react. PS-Aeroponics is not the best choice for compost tea, not only will you have problems with clogged emitters, but you can actually kill some of the organisms in your tea by powering them through the emitters.

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    It depends you may have done nothing wrong. With any organics you will get microbial and fungal growth however the trick is determining if you have the good guys or the bad guys.

  • john doe 4 months ago

    hey i tried using a compost tea in side of my aeroponic unit but ended up with nasty brown slimy roots i am trying to figure out what went wrong

  • HydroParadigm 4 months ago

    Thanks! We have some much more going on right now, with Aquaponics, Hydroponics Hops and more, I just don't have the time to make the videos. I will hopefully have some more posted soon.

    If you have any questions getting started with Hydroponics feel free to ask email me.