Maintenance Tips To Keep Aquaponics Working

Feed your fish every day: Fish make an essential part of an aquaponics system. It is important to ensure they are fully nourished at all times. Ensure you feed them at least once every day, although two meals are highly recommended; one in the morning and the other before sun set. It is always great to be physically present when feeding your fish because you can carry out health checks and look for unusual behaviors. However, you may consider getting an automatic feeder to help you when you are not available.

Check the condition of your aquaponics system

  • Temperature: Check whether the temperature of the fish tank is within the ideal temperature range for your fish. Adjust when necessary to ensure your aquaponics system offers the ideal environment for the species that you are rearing.
  • Insects: Check for insects every week to ensure any insect problem is corrected before getting out of control. It is also good to remember that most insects tend to reside in stem sections and underneath plant leaves. With this tip in mind, it’ll be easier for you to look for insects in your system.
  • pH level: It determines the health of your fish, reproduction rate of bacteria in the system and the ability of your plants to absorb nutrients. Therefore, the pH level of any aquaponics plays a very significant role in determining whether your aquaponics will work. Check the pH level weekly. The ideal pH for most systems is usually 6.8-7.0 and some systems can steadily maintain it. However, the pH level for most system tend to decrease naturally. Always increase the pH level when it falls below 6.5 by adding hydrated potash or lime.
  • Ammonia and nitrate levels: Check the ammonia levels weekly so as to notice any problem that may turn disastrous. For instance, a sudden rise in ammonia level is indicator that the system may be having a dead fish. The levels should not exceed 0.5 ppm. On the other hand, the nitrates levels should be checked monthly and they shouldn’t exceed 150 ppm. Levels beyond this are an indicator that the plants in the system are fewer to take in the nitrogen released by nitrifying bacteria. You can solve this by adding more plants or harvesting some fish.

It is the dream of every beginner to be well-oriented about aquaponics and get the best yields. Consequently, it is essential to bear the above maintenance tips in mind before starting your aquaponics journey. In addition, be sure to feed your fish regularly and monitor the condition of the system from time to time to ensure all your efforts are rewarded accordingly. With the proper aquaponics maintenance, you will be assured of harvesting your vegetables, fish and fruits anytime of the year.

About Aquaponics Indoor Gardening

Beginners often start their first project in the home. Do you have an aquarium in storage or want to do more with your current fish tank? People enjoy the living art and the décor which this system introduces into living quarters. The beauty of the colorful fish and the greenery adds nature to the indoors while also growing foods. If there is no interest in growing foods many flowering plants may be considered.

Many gardeners enjoy traditional gardening. Some people like to use both methods.

Traditional Versus Aquaponics:

  1. Land vs water
  2. Large space vs small space
  3. Seasonal vs year-round
  4. Gardening tools vs some tools
  5. Seeds or plants are used in both systems
  6. Fertilizers vs organic fish wastes
  7. Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides vs none required for indoors
  8. Hours of maintenance vs one hour a day
  9. Manual labor vs automatic operating equipment
  10. Natural weather conditions vs controlled indoor environment
  11. Eat produce vs eat produce and fish

Growing plants with water and fish is much easier. This is a more pleasant way of obtaining organic vegetables and fresh fish raised on the homeland with minimum of effort and costs.

Fish has become very expensive at grocery stores. If you enjoy eating fish this becomes more affordable than shopping at your local store.

Why are home gardeners and commercial farmers using this method of growing crops or fish or the combination of crops and fish?

  1. Requires less water than traditional farming
  2. No waste water is produced
  3. No soil eroding conditions
  4. No requirements for harsh insecticides
  5. Toxin free fish

This type of farming coupled with fish farming has been done for thousands of years. Home growers have made great strides and the more ambitious gardeners are using abandoned buildings, such as warehouses, to build a commercial business. Once again, a hobby has become an entrepreneurs career.

How is this gardening accomplished?

  1. Select ornamental or edible fish
  2. A floating platform of containers with a plant or seed is placed on top of the water
  3. The roots are attracted to their nutritional needs with fish wastes
  4. The fish are placed below the plants.
  5. Feed your fish as their waste matter is the essential fertilizer for the plants
  6. The roots of the plants keep the fish tank clean

Gold fish are popular in the home because of their beautiful coloring. Edible fish will grow larger and when they reach the size which is just right for the dinner plate; go fishing by removing them from the tank.