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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I have high alkaline water, well water, water high in iron or sulfur; how do I know what nutrients to add, and how much of each element?

A: Pure, clean water is essential for healthy plant growth and growers can give the best start to their plants by investing some time and effort in ensuring water quality.  Water quality problems are often easy to solve provided they are properly identified.  Of course, a reverse osmosis system would be the ideal.  But, the best approach is to be proactive about water quality as assumptions based on water clarity, absence of visible contamination etc. may be quite misleading.

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Q: What tools do I need to assemble the hydroponic system and will the package I receive be a complete “turn-key” kit?

A: You need nothing to assemble these systems…not a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, or any other tool…everything snaps together, parts are all coded and the instructions enclosed in each kit show you exactly how to fit it together…you will be amazed at how simple the assembly will be…there will be no frustration on your part as with so many other assembly kits.

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Q: Where do I find the supplies that I will need to make up my nutrient solution?

A: Any reliable nurseryman would be knowledgeable about these supplies, or you may shop online and no doubt find many pre-mixed commercial solutions that will do an excellent job for you.  Each plant type will respond differently to the many types of available nutrients.  We would recommend experimenting with your favorite brand and closely monitoring results.  The chemists have done all the work for you!

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Q: May I rely on the sturdiness and long life of the components of the system…how durable is the system…are the materials of high quality?

A: Our systems are made of the highest quality materials manufactured by reliable companies who have been in business for many years making the best quality they can produce. 


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Q: What type of artificial lighting should I use with my system, should I choose to go in that direction?

A: Modular Hydro's entire Eco Flo Systems are designed to use the least amount on energy and time while growing.  This green philosophy is the way of the future.  LED grow lights fit our philosophy they are becoming more cost effective and save you money on the long term while providing you with better results. 

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Q: How do I know the proper distance between the plants and the light?

A: Approximately 8 inches away from the top of the plants is a safe distance during the germinating and/or sprouting stage.  As they increase in size and strength, the light can be within a few inches of the tops of the plants.  You should watch for signs of withering or heat stress; in that case, move the light and experiment with distances a few inches at a time until you are sure you have reached an ideal distance.

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Q: Are lights run constantly, or in cycles?

A: In the initial stages, after planting, you may run the lights constantly, or you can setup a timer.  The norm would be a cycle of at least 18 hours on, and 6 hours off, for a 24-hour period.


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Q: Do hydroponic plants have problems with insects?

A: Hydroponic plants, especially those that are grown outdoors do experience problems with insects.  There are pesticides and sprays that will help prevent insects from multiplying in your hydroponic garden.

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Q: Do hydroponic plants get diseases?

A: Yes.  The diseases that can attack your hydroponic plants will depend on the type of plants you are growing and their environment.  The common causes of plant disease fall into three categories:
1) Fungus;
2) Bacteria;
3) Viruses
Typical signs of plant disease are spotting, swelling on its stems and leaves, death of foliage and flowers, and discoloration of bark and stems.  Dozens of plant sprays are manufactured, and most of them for very specific problems.  Read the labels carefully and you will surely easily find a suitable spray to solve your pest and/or disease problems.

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Q: What nutrients do hydroponic plants require?

A: The basic nutrients needed by hydroponic plants in order to grow are:

All of these nutrients must be present for a hydroponic plant to grow.


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Q: How much time does a hydroponic garden require?

A: Starting a hydroponic garden requires time and dedication.  You must commit yourself to care for the plants to maintain their good condition at all times.  It is like any new venture, you will become more adept and more familiar with your role as caretaker as you advance your knowledge through working with the system.  The time involved in setting up your own hydroponic garden also depends on how many and what type of plants you decide to grow.

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Q: What should I use as a light source?

A: If you will be growing outdoors, you will need to regulate the amount of sun your plants receive perhaps with some shade cloth (and our system has clips for you to attach shade cloth to either the top or sides) but generally most plants will thrive outdoors during the spring, summer, and into early fall.  If you bring plants indoors for the winter months, you will have to use artificial lighting to furnish sufficient light.

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Q: Do hydroponic plants grow faster than those planted in soil?

A: There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question, but as a rule, yes.  If they receive proper care, adequate nutrients, and sufficient light, you will be amazed at the results you will achieve. 


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Q: How much power will be required to run my hydroponic system?

A: The pumps we furnish (the only energy required) use a nominal amount of electricity, yet are extremely efficient and reliable.  We think you will be surprised at the small increase in your electric consumption when your system is in full use.

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Q: What expertise and knowledge must I have in order to use my hydroponic system to its full capability and to produce the results I am looking for?

A: This system is simple, functional, practical, and you need no special knowledge to gain the maximum results.  Just use the proper lighting, adequate nutrients and oxygen, and you will be amazed how easy it really is to use our system.  It is a system for beginners, and for the experienced grower…it is a universal system.

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