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Aquaponics MistakesGrowing food with aquaponics at home is a great way of enhancing your food supply. For one you save money spent on food and more importantly, you know you are feeding healthy food to your family. However, I’ve noticed these 5 main mistakes that most “aquaponians” are guilty of, or at least for the beginners that is. Don’t take it too hard on yourself, it’s just part of the learning curve.


Aquaponics Mistake #1

Doing too many things too soon; this is especially true with aquaponics newbies. I can understand the excitement of building an aquaponics system comes with the expectation of seeing results immediately. I mean that’s human nature right! Parameters like the water pH, nitrite and nitrate changes gradually and should not be influenced by adding water conditioners and etc too frequently. Give it a few days or weeks to respond and then act accordingly based on the changes.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.