Iron In Aquaponics

Iron In AquaqponicsDeficiency of Iron, Potassium and Calcium is a known issue with aquaponics. While potassium and calcium deficiency can be addressed by buffering the system’s pH with the use of compounds or simply stuff a banana in the growbed. So, what should you do about deficiency of iron in aquaponics?

Depending on the type of plants you grow, your water quality and the quality of the feed being fed to your fish, you may never have iron deficiency issue. So, naturally the first step is to identify if you have a problem with iron. How would you know?

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TipsPlanning is “key” to building a long-term, efficient and effective aquaponics design. This is especially true when you’re a newbie to aquaponics. It may not be easy when you are just starting out to build your first system. Well, to give you a hand here are the top 5 tips to help you get going.

 

1) Media-Based Design – For Beginners

Basically there are three main aquaponics system designs for growing plants. They are the NFT (nutrient film technique), DWC (deep-water culture) and the media-based design. NFT and DWC are mainly borrowed from hydroponics. The similarities are obvious if you are familiar with hydroponics system and they do cost are a little bit more.

Media based designs are highly recommended for beginners due to the fact that they are easier understand and learn. They are also cheaper with less parts to handle and build. The media bed does a all in one function. It does not only breaks down solids and ammonia in the system, the media bed also acts as a bio-filter keeping the water clean. And above all, the media bed is also the base where the plants grow. You can say that it takes on the duty of soil in traditional gardening.

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Organic FoodThough it hurts me to say this but the fact is, most food that we eat today is not what they seem to be. Even though we like to think we are consuming wholesome and nutritional vegetables, the fact is far from it. In essence, we are eating chemically processed, pesticides and herbicides packed food. I know that is disheartening.

But the truth is, if you are eating non-organic greens, chances are you could be contaminating your body with more than 60 different types of harmful chemicals. And washing them does not ensure all these nasty toxins will be washed away.There was a study conducted by USDA that had proven that even power washing fruits and vegetables did little to remove these nasty counterparts.

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Maintaining Your Aquaponics SystemOne of the main reasons why people get hooked on to aquaponics is the fact that it needs minimal maintenance compared to conventional ways of agriculture. Nevertheless, there are some routine chores that one should do in order to ensure a continuously flourishing aquaponics system.

Today I have outlined some of these chores to maintain your aquaponics system and of course as aquaponics goes, they are simple to do and require minimal time to perform.

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Aquaponics SeedlingsToday, I would like to touch on how you can transfer your aquaponics seedlings to the grow bed. Now, you could be transferring seedlings from a nursery that you may use or from your grow bed itself. It all depends of course on where you sow your seeds. For me, I sow them directly to the growbed and the technique on transferring the seedling is the same either way.

To begin with your seedlings need to be of at least three to four inches in length. That’s my recommendation. This is mainly because, if you do it any sooner the seedlings roots break off easily and you may risk the possibility of damaging them for good. So, do bear that in mind. If you are using hydroton as your media, you can actually let them grow bigger before transferring you seedlings. Hydroton is a joy to work with and it’s easy to transfer your seedlings or plants in them.

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Aquaponics Sizing

I would like to talk about sizing your aquaponics system today. This is a question I often get from newbies setting up a system for the first time and it’s a very valid question indeed. How big should your aquaponics system be? Well, that all depends on a number of factors really but the biggest one would be the space you have to build one. Let me elaborate.

What is the kind of space do you have available for your aquaponics system. If you don’t have much space to spare, you might want to start small. The simplest aquaponics design would be the single growbed and fish tank configuration. With our Home DIY Aquaponic design, you require as little as 12 square feet of space. And this is a decently sized 50 gal growbed with a 100 gal fish tank.

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Backyard Aquaponics Organic VegetablesWhy do you need to grow your own organic food? Well, I have listed out five of what I think are the most compelling reasons why. Best of all you can do that with backyard aquaponics. Here you go:

1.  More Nutritious And Tastier Food!  Studies have shown that organically grown food packs more nutrients and minerals than compared to conventionally grown crops. They are tastier too.

2.  Money Saving Naturally, growing your own food would save you a whole lot on your grocery bill. It also goes a long way in getting you the extra exercise and exudes the calming effect to your mind, body and soul.

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Home aquaponics is becoming a lot more acceptable as a means to grow organic food in recent years, and it’s popularity is spreading towards the south pacific region as well. This is no surprise since the advantages of getting an aquaponics system inside your garden or inside your house are just phenomenal.

Home Aquaponics

One good example is the fact that you’d safe 90% of water that you would normally need to water the same amount of vegetation in a conventional garden or plantation. Additionally, you will be saving considerable time and labor building your personal home aquaponics system because the fish will do most of the taking of the plants for you.

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I’ve just harvested my “Bok Choy” from my flood and drain hydroton media bed system about two weeks ago using the cut-and-come-again technique. It didn’t work, and for a good reason. Explore further to find out why.

Cut and Come Again

Bak Choys never seem to grow big with aquaponics, well at least it’s true with my set-up but they taste really delicious. I tried the cut and come again technique for this harvest this time around but it didn’t work.

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