It's easy to get started creating your aquaponics system. Knowing some of the basics will help.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is an almost completely closed, sustainable organic ecosystem using fish and plants. For understanding, one could say that aquaponics is similar to hydroponics without the problems of disposing of the waste water. Yet aquaponics is a far more brilliant design. The fish create wastes (poo), which becomes a natural fertilizer in the bio-filters which convert the ammonia and nitrites to nitrates which the plants thrive on. Read more . . .
What does it mean to be Balanced?
The key to an efficient Aquaponics system is balance. By in balance, we mean pH, temperature, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, iron, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, and oxygen readings all in balance. While Aquaponics is somewhat forgiving, if an aquaponics operator wants consistent high yields, they will put systems in place to maintain their system's proper balance and they will have backup systems in place in case of equipment failure. Read more . . .
Aquaponics System Design
If you are designing a commercial or large home aquaponices system, it will take more planning than a budget setup on the back porch.
There are several good system designs from the deep water culture raft system, like which we use, to the vertical system promoted by Bright Agrotech, LLC. (www.brightagrotech.com), to the ebb and flow method using grow beds filled with expanded clay media like the Bernsteins use at The Aquaponic Source. This site is dedicated to the deep water culture with floating rafts, often called DWC. The others have successful operations with their type of system, so you have choices to make.
Why did we choose the DWC system? Read more . . .
There are a lot of opinions on filter material. We will try and put some reasoning behind the choices. Read more . . .
What are the differences between Heirloom, Organic, Pelleted & GMO seeds? Read more . . .
What Materials are Safe?
How does one choose system components that are safe? Do we choose Stainless Steel or Brass. Of all the different plastics, which ones are safe? Or are there any of them, that are truly safe? We will divide this discussion into three sections; metal, plastic, and concrete. Read more . . .
The issue of water flow is greatly neglected. Yet water flow has a direct impact on the long term health of an aquaponics system. Read more . . .