Stuppy Aquaponics Blog

Tomato Experiments: 1/31/18 Results

Posted by Conor Quinlan on Jan 31, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Overview

The goal of this experiment is to determine whether the quality and yield of tomatoes grown in our aquaponic system can effectively compete with those grown in a traditional hydroponic system. Both systems use powerful LED fixtures with board spectrums ideal for fruit production.

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Topics: Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Experiments

The Stuppy Aquaponics Curriculum Part 4: Hydroponic and aquaponic designs

Posted by Scott Moore on Nov 22, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Welcome to our ongoing series highlighting our Aquaponics Curriculum!

Over the coming weeks, we will be posting a series of articles covering the basics of each Curriculum Topic. Today, we are covering Topic 1, Lesson 4, Hydroponc and Aquaponics Designs. Each of these blog posts is aimed to give an overview of the subject and provide one or more critical thinking questions. You can find our first post in this series here. Enjoy!

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Topics: Aquaponics, Aquaponics Curriculum, Hydroponics

The Stuppy Aquaponics Curriculum, part 2: Hydroponics, Aquaponics, aeroponics

Posted by Scott Moore on Oct 27, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Welcome to our ongoing series highlighting our Aquaponics Curriculum!

Over the coming weeks, we will be posting a series of articles covering the basics of each Curriculum Topic. Today, we are covering Topic 1, Lesson 2, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics. Each of these blog posts is aimed to give an overview of the subject and provide one or more critical thinking questions. You can find our first post in this series here. Enjoy!

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is not a new technology. Both the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Floating Gardens of China employed hydroponic concepts. Hydroponics is the growth of plants without soil. Hydroponic plants are most commonly grown in nutrient solution, rock, sand, Rockwool, or a combination of these. Because the plants are grown in a liquid medium or a nutrient deficient substance, nutrients are supplied to the water or substrate as a supplement for plant intake. Hydroponic systems can easily be scaled up or down as the maintenance is relatively low. The components in the system are often automated from nutrient injection to drainage pumps. Generally the pH of the system does not change easily because the system does not decompose organic matter. However, many hydroponic systems do have algae growth which could attract insects and consequently viruses and diseases can be vectored to the plants. Additionally, hydroponic systems tend to accumulate salt deposits in the pipes that need to be flushed regularly.

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Topics: Aquaponics, Aquaponics Curriculum, Hydroponics, aeroponics

Aquaponics Experiments 9/27/17

Posted by Conor Quinlan on Sep 28, 2017 8:57:49 AM

Overview:

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Topics: Aquaponics, Experiments, Hydroponics, LED

Test Between New Aquaponic Water, Seasoned AQ Water and Hydroponics

Posted by Conor Quinlan on Feb 10, 2017 12:23:33 PM

I will be restarting the experiment in mid-February which is a more ideal time to seed tomatoes as the air temperature and humidity should rise and be far more adequate for production. A lot of the damage the tomato’s sustained was due to the cold temp, low humidity and lack of light but overall some unexpected results were obtained as discussed below.

Currently I have left one aquaponic tomato and the artichoke to continue observing growth patterns. The tomato crop is flowering and will hopefully produce fruit soon. The overall quality of the vegetation should also improve with more light focused on this individual instead of three. The artichoke flower is continuing to grow larger and the crop looks a lot better overall with

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Topics: Hydroponics, Water