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 Growing Bright Ideas for the Future of Food

Planting a ZipGrow Tower

How to Plant a ZipGrow Tower As Noah explains in the video below, planting a ZipGrow tower is quick and easy. To make it even easier, we’ve put together a planting graphic that’s also easy to understand (see below). Here’s a graphic to help you...

The CSA Contract

Thinking of starting a Community Supported Agriculture program for your hydroponically-produced fresh greens and herbs? Great idea, but don’t get started too fast! With you in mind, Bright Agrotech has recently published a CSA Grower’s Packet. This is blog post number...

The Best Hydroponic Nutrients For Your System

How to Choose a Hydroponic Fertilizer Hydroponics systems require a carefully crafted fertilizer, or nutrient solution, to grow optimally. If you are just starting out in hydroponics, or if you’re experiencing some issues with your current hydroponic production,...

ZipGrow Flow Rates in Hydroponics

Flow Rates in Hydroponics Systems What’s the right flow rate for your application? As we’ve discussed in the past, there are many different types of hydroponic growing techniques out there (e.g. NFT, grow beds, etc.). Each of these techniques will differ...

Living Green Wall Contest

Living Green Walls in Any Location We’re so excited to announce our first official contest which gives anyone the opportunity to WIN SOME COOL PRIZES by designing and growing the coolest, most productive living green wall around!   What is This Living Green...

What is Hydroponics? A Brief Introduction

What Is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is simply the production of crops without soil. Hydroponics is also an answer to two of the world’s growing concerns: diminishing soil quality, and water scarcity. As those concerns grow, so does the world’s interest in...

Sulfur in Aquaponics

Sulfur is one of the secondary macronutrients and is very important to plant production.  In aquaponic systems sulfur is rarely deficient.  It’s one of the reasons you hear about it so often.  In fact, sulfur is more often present in larger-than-necessary quantities,...

Magnesium in Aquaponics

The Importance of Magnesium in Aquaponic Systems Magnesium is a very important plant nutrient and is up with Potassium when it comes to common plant deficiencies in aquaponic systems. Magnesium is an important part of enzymes, proteins and the machinery of...

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...

Get Excited About Vertical Farming

Sure, the Sky is the Limit in Vertical Farming… But are we trading today’s present opportunities for tomorrow’s preposterous hypotheses?  You’ve probably noticed, “Vertical Farming” is all the rage these days… And for good...

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...

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...

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...

Commercial Aquaponics Webinar

Are You Ready to Grow Commercially? Bright Agrotech has been putting on free webinars for some time now. Why? The answer is that we want to support our growers as much as possible. It is our greatest desire to see you succeed! We believe that with the right equipment...

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...

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...

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...

Algae in Aquaponics

Algae is a common occurrence in almost all aquaponic systems.  Over time, algae populations stabilize in systems, but when systems are just getting started, algae can be very frustrating, locking up valuable nutrients and causing pH values to swing wildly throughout...

Phosphorus in Aquaponics

Phosphorus in Aquaponics Phosphorus is one of the primary plant nutrients- the “P” in NPK ratings. It is often overlooked in aquaponic systems simply because it is seldom truly deficient. However, many aquaponic practitioners are not getting the best possible yields...

Nitrification- The Motor of Aquaponics

Nitrification is the process that drives most aquaponic systems, and yet, it is oftentimes poorly understood- even by experts. Nitrogen in Aquaponics Nitrogen is one of the most important plant elements, but making it available depends very closely on the ability of...

Introducing Fish Into a New Aquaponic System

It’s time for a little Q&A with Dr. Nate Storey of Bright Agrotech   Question #1: “How long do I have to wait before introducing fish into a new aquaponic system?” Answer #1: Dr. Storey: On every new system you have to wait until you are...

Nitrogen in Aquaponics

Why Nitrogen First? In the world of human economy, politics and society, there are many different currencies, all of which are traded for goods.  This could be oil, US dollars, Facebook Likes or Grandmas cookies.  The natural world has similar currencies- trading in...

Lemon Juice in Aquaponics Systems

Lemon Juice in Aquaponics Systems Lots of people do it, and all live to regret it. Everyone wants to run their system in a pH range that is ideal for nutrient availability to their plants, however, most systems end up having a rather high pH on the front end, during...

Plant Nutrients in Aquaponic Systems

Plant Nutrients in Aquaponic Systems Plants are one of the primary components of aquaponic systems, and, if you’re a commercial producer, they’re the most important part of your system economically. Plants are funny things.  We’re surrounded by them- whether it’s the...

Solids Lifting Overflows for Aquaponics

Solids Lifting Overflows SLOs or Solids Lifting Overflows are a wonderful resource for aquaponic and hydroponic growers, aquaculturalists and anyone with a koi pond.  A SLO combines the benefits of an overflow (setting a constant water height) with the benefits of...

Aquaponics Stocking Density

Stocking density is a major consideration for anyone starting out in aquaponics. As so many people have asked about the best density for crop production, Dr. Nate Storey has given us an introduction to stocking density and some great advice that applies to starting,...

Psychology of Gardening

 The Psychology of Gardening To address the psychology of gardening, I must begin with a caveat. I’m definitely not an expert in psychology. The following information is presented in hopes of piquing your curiosity about how gardening affects our thoughts and...

Understanding Ammonia in Aquaponics

Ammonia in Aquaponics Ammonia, along with iron, is an important player in an aquaponics system. Being one of the primary fish products, Ammonia is important to understand.  Hopefully this post will help you understand Ammonia and ammonium. We also want to rid some of...

How to Supplement Magnesium With Epsom Salt

Magnesium deficiency is arguably the most common deficiency. Luckily, it is also one of the simplest nutrients to supplement- you can supplement magnesium with Epsom Salt. This article will discuss how to supplement magnesium with Epsom Salt.