AQUA-TIPS

GROW BEDS


We, Studpac, offer various components of grow beds along with several common components of aquaponics systems. Although the choice of grow beds is much debated, but, we offer products to newcomers to aquaponics often wondering what they can use, build, re-purpose, scavenge or buy for use in their backyard Aquaponics Systems. We provide three main types of growing systems – DWC or Deep Water Channels, which are long, deep troughs that hold floating rafts, NFT channels (Nutrient Film Technique) which are usually found in hydroponics setups, and The final type is the media filled grow bed. We offer a wide range of aquaponics media filled grow bed is simply a suitable container that is filled with a hydro ton or lava rock, growing media such as gravel, and is the most commonly used type of grow bed as it neatly performs four separate functions in an aquaponics set-up. We provide three types of filtering functions: Mechanical Filtration – the media helps to filter the solid waste in the water and to trap it in the bottom of the grow bed, Mineralization – this is the process whereby the solid waste breaks down and is returned to the water so that the plants can use it, Biological filtration – the media provides extensive surface area for the beneficial bacteria to colonize. We provide beds for plants to newcomers to aquaponics systems who may not feel comfortable with more complicated filtration systems, or who want the most hassle-free way to start supplementing their diets with fresh, nutritious produce grown via aquaponics. Along with that, we, at Studpac, also offer aquaponics grow bed materials made out of a wide variety of materials but care should be taken to make sure it fulfills certain criteria. A grow bed should be safe to use first and foremost and should be made of materials that will not leak unwanted chemicals into the water, or that will affect the pH of the water. We made grow beds made of a material that blocks out the sun, as direct sunlight can promote algae growth and can be detrimental to plant roots. If the grow bed is being used outside then it will also need to be UV stabilized to ensure that it will not degrade in the sunlight and leach chemicals into the system. We use commonly-used materials such as plastics, wood, fiberglass and anything with suitable waterproof liners. We also offer aquaponics grow beds of various sizes and shapes. We offer three types of Medias – The surface layer (5cms) – this is above the waterline and should not be wet – this reduces the loss of water through evaporation, the root layer (20cms) – this is where your roots will be growing and where most plant activity will take place. This is layer is normally regularly flooded and drained, and the solids layer (5cms) – this is where the solid waste will collect in your system and which will usually be constantly flooded with water.

It is also important to know that grow beds are basically bio-filters. Bio-filters or these nutrients get taken up by the plants and the water is returned to the fish cleaned and ready for the next cycle. The scientific name of this process is known as nitrogen cycle, scientifically.  Through this process, Nitrates are created, which ended up with a high Nitrate count. Grow beds are superior as one can add some real high-quality features to all of them. Grow beds are basically deep media, fully supported, rapid cycle with highly efficient deep delivery water rings and proven grow space saving loop siphons. These are the verities and different types of grow beds.

Grow beds gardening is really easy and simple. This includes:

  • Being able to choose the type of soil. This is particularly useful for growing ericaceous (lime-hating) plants such as Azaleas, Camellia, and Heather.
  • Good drainage and warmer soil early on in the spring.
  • Prevention of soil compaction as a person needs not to walk on the soil surface in order to maintain the plants.
  • Easier access.
  • Raised beds have a bigger soil volume than containers so require less watering.
  • They are easy to cover with netting or fleece so crops can be protected and the cropping season can be extended.

 

Availability of material to build raised beds is an important part. Ideal materials for building a raised bed include railway sleepers, wooden boards (including old scaffold boards, treated or untreated), sawn logs, bricks, natural stone, or cement blocks. One can also use railway sleepers or scrap wood, be careful that the wood hasn’t been treated with a toxic preservative (modern wood treatments are safe). However, building a raised bed for ericaceous (lime-hating) plants such as Azaleas, Camellia, Pieris or Heather is a precarious task. You also need to be aware that the mortar from brick or stone walls will leach lime into the soil, turning it alkaline over time. At the time of choosing of material, it is also important to take into consideration about the ease of construction. Raised beds built from brick, stone or concrete blocks are tricky to construct but are long-lasting and durable. On the other hand, wooden raised beds are generally quicker and easier to construct and can be removed easily in future years.


At the end, Studpac offers safe, strong and appropriately sized for the system that one tries to build. Considering the above facts in mind, we produce a diverse range of products for everyone’s reach.