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Old 09-30-2018, 12:05 AM #1
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Hydroponics vs Aeroponics whos switched?

Hi all new to the Hydro forum usually hang out in Organic. Just wondering if anyone has switched from Hydro to Aero and for what reasons. Might be an overly general question. But im wondering if you got better yields from Aero. Any help is appreciated. Thanks again
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That's too general a question

Aero can be, but many do not know how to incorporate it
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Anyone with experience to help this person have a better understanding of between the two styles?
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No worries if anyone hasnt Im deciding between Aero and Fogponics. I know both are similar. Feel free to share stories if you have any or have any links to threads please feel free.
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I've been running DWC for 15+ years, along with other various methods of hydro. Every time I think about aero, I'm unable to get past the increased number of failure points in the system.


DWC is air pumps, air stones and nutrient in a tub. E&F is more complicated with a pump and media, but that's it. Aero has a 24/7 pump (Which without a backup pump is a rather quick death if it fails), multiple nutrient lines, spray nozzles, mounting points for said nozzles, filters to keep the nutrient clean and the sprayers un-clogged, and on and on.


I just don't see the added complexity/$$$ being a trade off for a tiny bit more yield. Yeah?
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I've been running DWC for 15+ years, along with other various methods of hydro. Every time I think about aero, I'm unable to get past the increased number of failure points in the system.


DWC is air pumps, air stones and nutrient in a tub. E&F is more complicated with a pump and media, but that's it. Aero has a 24/7 pump (Which without a backup pump is a rather quick death if it fails), multiple nutrient lines, spray nozzles, mounting points for said nozzles, filters to keep the nutrient clean and the sprayers un-clogged, and on and on.


I just don't see the added complexity/$$$ being a trade off for a tiny bit more yield. Yeah?
Thats a huge help man thanks for your reply. In the beginning how often did you deal with root rot?
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Hydro-RDWC is easy, basic and much less to go wrong then aeroponics.

With aeroponics you have to spray the roots every 15-60 mins failure to do so(clugged hose, pump goes out, electric goes out,) the roots will dry out and everything is lost in a few hours. With RDWC if the system goes out for a day or two everything will still survive.

As far as root rot in DWC I have only got it with small plants usually when I first get a clone, probably from some of the soil on the roots of the new plant. I trim the infected roots away and the new ones always came back strong and white. Once plants take to the DWC system they are super strong.
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Hydro-RDWC is easy, basic and much less to go wrong then aeroponics.

With aeroponics you have to spray the roots every 15-60 mins failure to do so(clugged hose, pump goes out, electric goes out,) the roots will dry out and everything is lost in a few hours. With RDWC if the system goes out for a day or two everything will still survive.

As far as root rot in DWC I have only got it with small plants usually when I first get a clone, probably from some of the soil on the roots of the new plant. I trim the infected roots away and the new ones always came back strong and white. Once plants take to the DWC system they are super strong.
Electrically, all that's needed is a decent low pressure aero pump and a deep cycle timer. I have used the same timer for 5+ years without fail and pumps are similarly hardy

I mostly solved clogged heads by wrapping the pump with a nylon sock, but next grow I will start with HPA as I already have everything including an outboard filter
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Thats a huge help man thanks for your reply. In the beginning how often did you deal with root rot?
Root rot and DWC/SWC/RDWC is most often caused by insufficient O2 or too high of a nutrient solution temp.


I've dealt with root rot nearly every time I've let my environment get out of whack. I prefer 69F for my nutrient solution and a lot of air bubbles.
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With aeroponics you have to spray the roots every 15-60 mins failure to do so(clugged hose, pump goes out, electric goes out,) the roots will dry out and everything is lost in a few hours.
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