Hydroponic Systems

Hydroponic systems come in many shapes and sizes. Systems can range from a single mason jar, to a large-scale commercial operation. The most common hydroponic systems are described below. We also examine the advantages and disadvantages of each system. Some systems are better suited for beginners, while others are better for more advanced growers.

Take a look at each system before deciding which one is right for you. If you still aren’t sure you can always reach out to us. We would be more than happy to help you get started!

Deep Water Culture

Deep Water Culture Hydroponic System

A deep water culture hydroponic system, or DWC for short, is one of the simplest types of hydroponic systems for beginners. There are very few steps involved and the system can be as small as a jar or as large as a tub. Read more…

Ebb and Flow

An ebb and flow system, or flood and drain system, gets its name from the periodic flooding and draining of nutrients from a reservoir. This system is one step up in difficulty from the DWC but can be broken down into just a few parts. Read more…

Ebb and Flow Hydroponic System

Nutrient Film Technique

Nutrient Film Technique Hydroponic System

The nutrient film technique or NFT is popular among commercial growers because of its versatility and aggressiveness. Our favorite part about this system is stacking the grow channels to make use of vertical space. Read more…


Aquaponics combines aquaculture with hydroponics for a symbiotic system. Aquaculture, or aquafarming, refers to raising fish, mollusks, and even algae in a controlled environment. Combined with a hydroponic system where nutrients released by the fish soak up the roots of the plants, thereby feeding the plants. Read more…

Aquaponics System Diagram


Aeroponics System Diagram

Aeroponic systems are the space-age version of the hydroponic method. It does away with the growing medium and leaves the roots suspended in the air. A continuous fine mist of nutrient solution feeds the plants and keeps the roots moist. This results in an extremely efficient dispersal of nutrient solution due to the precision with which the misters apply the nutrient solution. Read more…

Types of Hydroponic Systems

We’ve covered all the major types of hydroponic systems. There are other variations but each of them roughly works the same way as the ones described here.

Of course, no hydroponic system would be complete without appropriate lighting. Be sure to check out our in-depth coverage on the types of grow lights and nutrients to complete your hydroponic system.