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Sindrome
08-29-2008, 06:18 AM
Hi,

I'd like to start a Static Solution Hydroponics system purely for decorative / interest reasons with a small tree of some sort. I have attached a basic picture of what I intend to do.

If somebody would be kind enough to answer a few questions for me I would appreciate it.

(1) Does this stand a chance of working anyway?

(2) What sort of tree would you recommend? I know that Bay trees are really hardy but they like arid conditions . . . Willow?

(3) 250 or 400W metal halide?

(4) What nutrients would you recommend - to go with the tree?

(5) With light and nutrients I expect algae will be a real, real problem.
Is they any chemical I can use to keep it away without hurting the tree?
I have the light reduction idea already in place.

Thank you very much for your help in advance,

Keith
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willard3
08-29-2008, 07:53 AM
(5) With light and nutrients I expect algae will be a real, real problem.
Is they any chemical I can use to keep it away without hurting the tree?
I have the light reduction idea already in place.http://a927.ac-images.myspacecdn.comimages01103l_c14e5e8dacf8c7af 329fe513d6fdb7ae.jpg

Algae are ubiquitous and nothing you can do will eliminate it. Best you can do is keep any nutrient-containing stuff opaque to light.

musa
01-01-2009, 04:38 PM
figs have been grown hydroponically for quite awhile.the biggest problem is anchoring the tree.a gravel substrate works well. to Willard 3, if you have a problem with algae order a bacteria named Actinavate. it eats algae and causes no harm to your plants.youll never have an algae bloom even in bright lite.Actinavate is also beneficial to plants.