A reservoir forms the center of every single hydroponic system. An ideal hydroponics reservoir like soil-growing medium will help you grow plants without having to worry about balancing chemicals, nutrients and pH level of the water. However, it’s very important to maintain your hydroponics reservoir for proper growth of plants. To manage your hydroponics reservoir using nutrients, you need to follow following steps:
- Every plant requires a particular pH level of nutrient media at which it can grow healthily. To know the ideal pH level of your hydroponics reservoir, you can consult with a grower’s guide or can visit your local nursery for expert advice.
- The ideal temperature for most of the nutrient solutions in the reservoir is between 65-75 degrees. Make sure you maintain this temperature range because too cold or too hot temperature can cause damage to the nutrients. You can use heaters or chillers in your grow room as per your requirement.
- Many hydroponic growers have the misconception that to grow healthy plants, they need to saturate the nutrient reservoir with fertilizers. This is not true and too many fertilizers can hurt your plants. You can Use a TDS or EC meter check the strength of your nutrient solution. If it is too strong, add water. If it is too weak, add a little fertilizer.
- Hydroponics reservoir is a perfect place for bugs and insects to grow and multiply. To keep these pests away, aerate the solution all day long. Aeration will also provide enough oxygen to the roots.
- Always enclose the aeration pump in a strainer bag or nylon hose so as to keep debris out of it.
- Other than pests, hydroponic nutrients reservoir is also perfect home for algae and bacteria. To cut down their growth, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the reservoir on a weekly basis.
- Tap water can be harmful for nutrient reservoir as it has chlorine which can adversely affect your plants. You can use chlorine remover or let the water stand for 24 hours prior to use.
- Sanitize your reservoir prior to use by pouring boiling water over all areas to be exposed to nutrient solutions.
- It is advisable to change the solution in your reservoir every two to four days. Do not keep the same solution for more than five days because plant uptake the nutrients and solution is imbalanced.
Remember, your plants will grow healthily only if you provide them appropriate nourishment and maintaining your hydroponics systems. For that you need to maintain your hydroponic reservoir well with nutrients.