This is a list of questions we often receive. I hope this will help you to understand a bit more about aquaponics. Should you still have questions please feel free to contact us.
Many factors have to be taken into condensation in order to answer this question. What size, type, indoor/outdoor hobby or commercial. There is no one size fits all. As well sometimes we have construct in remote locations. Contact us to discuss an Aquaponics system that is right for you.
An Aquaponic system isn’t difficult to maintain, but there are daily and periodic tasks that must be done to ensure a healthy system. They soon become part of your daily actives. I personally enjoy my morning coffee while watching the fish eat.
You can use almost any freshwater fish you want, but with that said you have to take in account such things as water conditions, the difficulty of care for some species, price of fish and their feed also some fish may not be legal in your area.
No quite often we build Aquaponics for someone who cannot kill for various reasons. That is not a problem; it is recommended to use an ornamental fish such as Koi or goldfish. This allows you to get the required nitrate to grow plants and enjoy the fish visually.
Regulations and permits vary for location to location. You must check with your local government agencies handling such permits.
Yes, Aquaponics grown food is safe. It is an all-natural way of growing food. It is chemical free. You will not have to guess what chemicals are hiding in your food. You will know what’s in it because you grew it.
Yes, you should involve your child. This is a great way to teach responsibly and the desire to eat fresh chemical free food. Please understand they need your guidance in this. It is not a toy to discard.
The availability of dry, species-specific fish food is quite new and is the result of the rapidly growing aquaculture industry. Today’s specialized fish feeds provide precise amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. In a hobby or ornamental system, it is okay to feed your fish only once a day. If food production is your goal, you’ll want to maximize your efforts and feed more frequently. Feeding by hand gives you the opportunity to observe the fish and their feeding habits. Many commercial growers will feed every couple of hours using a timed mechanical feeder or use an on-demand feeder so the fish can eat whenever they are hungry.
When growing leafy crops that quickly mature, such as lettuce and herbs, you should plant frequently, so you are assured of a continual harvest. Indeterminate varieties of many long term crops, tomatoes and melons, can produce for many months.
Seeds for an aquaponic system are usually germinated in a small sponge cube or a container of loose perlite, vermiculite, a seedling mix or coco coir. Germination can be done within the aquaponic system or in a separate area designed to provide proper environmental conditions for germination. Once the seed has germinated, and a seedling has developed, the small plant is transplanted into the grow bed or raft system.
Every day you should visually inspect the fish and the system. Make sure the water is flowing properly, the aeration system is working, and the drains are free of debris. Watch to see that the fish eat vigorously and swim normally. Look for problems such as fungus, open soars, torn fins or discoloration and check the temperature and pH of the water. Observe the plants for pests and insects. Remove any dead plant matter.
In a home food production system, you will most likely harvest fish as you want them, once they’ve matured. Commercial operations will harvest based on market demand and production. Farm raised fish always taste the best if they’ve been purged for several days prior to harvesting. Ideally, the fish should be removed from the main system and held without feed for a few days prior to harvest. Yes, they are safe to eat you reared them, so you know the conditions they lived in.
Anyone serious about aquaponics should invest in a water test kit, which will enable you to measure and keep track of pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity. Most kits sold are easy to use and are based on color changes in the sample being tested. Meters that measure dissolved oxygen, temperature and other factors are also available.
The key to a healthy system is keeping it clean, removing any dead or unhealthy plants or fish, maintaining filters. Yes in the past the cleaning of filters was no fun task. Many advances in filtering are now available such as bead filters. We carry a full line of AST bio-bubble bead filter to handle this task. Alternatively, if you wish you can use the old style mechanical filters.