6 Common Problems in Hydroponics

(And How to Fix Them)

Hydroponics is a great way to grow plants. But what do you do when something goes wrong? Luckily, most problems in hydroponic systems can be fixed. Of course, sometimes it depends on whether or not you notice and fix the issues in time. If you think something’s wrong, fix it before your plants sustain serious damage. 

How do you know if something’s wrong in your hydroponic system? How do you fix it?

Let’s look at what can go wrong in hydroponics, and what you can do about it.


Algae Algae is that mossy, slimy gunk you see gathering on ponds in summer. Unfortunately, algae gets in a ton of other places too. That includes your hydroponic system. It might look green, reddish black,

Pathogens and Disease

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Pests Pests are far more common in outdoor gardening, but hydroponic gardens can get them too. The most common pests in hydroponic systems include: aphids, fungus gnats, spider mites, thrips, and whiteflies. Most pests don’t

Equipment Problems

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Power Outage

Power Outages Power outages may or may not be common, depending on where you live. One of the biggest problems, especially if you have a DWC system, is providing oxygen to the roots. Of course,

pH Imbalance

pH Imbalance You should already be keeping a close eye on your pH levels. If plants don’t have proper pH levels, they can experience lockout. Lockout is when the pH is too high or low,