Every way of aquaponics practice is different just as every system is different. The interaction between plants and fish has a lot to do with the way the system proceeds and whether it turns out to be a mutually agreeable experience or not.
However, there are some basic elements that will be present in every system. In this article, I’d like to detail the most important of these. I hope that it will help set your mind at ease prior to your first aquaponics system, or if this isn’t your first aquaponics system, help you to be an advocate for your own excellent care!
Prior to start aquaponics
Aquaponic is an amazing way to grow your own food and plants. If you are just starting out with aquaponics you may have already done a little research. You should ask yourself the 5 questions. You may even be getting excited to start building your first system.
- What do you want to grow?
- Where is your system going to be located?
- Do you have enough free time every day to monitor grow and maintain your system?
- Do you know where to get all the supplies to build stock and maintain your system?
- Are you building an aquaponics system to as a hobby, to feed your family, or to make a profit?
If you answer these 5 questions before you build your first aquaponics system you will save a ton of time, energy and money acquiring your first aquaponics system. Click here to read more and answers
My aquaponics system requirements
First day in farming aquaponics
Start your first aquaponics day by following these simple instructions. We have designed the following points to apply to any scenario so that you get the best results, regardless of whether a small or large aquaponic system.
Follow these points after you have set up your system.
Add Grow Media
Add grow media into the growbed(s) Recommend use 3/4″ river rock. You will get the extra added benefit of introducing worms into your system (their eggs are naturally in the rocks).
Fill the growbed of grow media. (NOTE: Do not fill it completely because this will increase changes for anaerobic bacteria to build up which will kill plants, microbes and fish.) Make sure the grow media is evenly distributed, level and does not cover the water spout that brings water to the growbed.
Fill up your fish tank with water. Recommended (turn on your pump and aerator to completely get these chemicals out of the water. 3 days (for small systems) to 1 week (for large systems).
Chlorine hurt fish and plants, you will need to aerate the water when you need to add more water to your system to plant uptake or evaporation, or you can simply use a chlorine remover to treat the water. [5 ml per 50 US-gallons of tap water].
Add Plants into the grow beds
You can add plants into the system will help clean the water and absorb healthy nutrients. If you are adding plants grown in soil, it is imperative that you get as much of the soil off the roots as possible. read more
Test the PH
Using a PH test kit, to be sure you have the right water PH (range is between 6.5 to 7.5)
Activate the Nitrogen and Nitrate Cycle
In order to prepare your aquaponic system to support fish, we need to establish the healthy microbes and bacteria that will convert their ammonia waste products into “very small size” chunks for the plants to absorb, by adding ammonia into your water.
Now that your aquaponic system has clean water with the right PH and has healthy microbes to deal with ammonia and fish waste, the next step is to add fish. There are many different types of freshwater fish that will work in these systems. Soon we will write an article to describe the best fish for aquaponics system, read about Tilapia.
You must to know others experience and mistakes to avoid making in aquaponics. Aquaponic may seem daunting the first time you learn about it. The idea of having to maintain the health of both a fish and plant environment can seem like a lot to take on. Read the article below to know more: