What Is Hydroponic TDS?Hydroponic TDS stands for Totally Dissolved Solids and is a measure of the number of ions, molecules or particles dissolved in water that can’t be filtered away using a two micrometer filter.We use TDS within freshwater environments (which is why it’s important for hydroponics). For saltwater environments we use the term “salinity”, however, it’s essentially the same thing.
Why It’s ImportantUltimately, TDS is a measure of water quality, however, rather than being a measure of pollution it’s actually a measure of the amount of solids dissolved within the solution but it won’t tell you which solids are dissolved within the water.What you’ll generally find is the higher the TDS level the less that can be done with it.For reference, here are the TDS levels for different water types:
|Freshwater||Less than 1000 ppm|
|Brackish water||1000ppm to 5000ppm|
|Saline water||15,000ppm to 30,000ppm|
|Sea Water||30,000ppm to 40,000ppm|
How To MeasureThe easiest way to measure Totally Dissolved Solids within your water is to either use a TDS meter such as those listed below: You’ll also find a number of digital pH meters such as those listed here that will be able to test water TDS and EC in addition to hydroponic pH levels.
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