One of the first questions that come to mind to any aquaponic beginner is, does aquaponics really work? This question is quite tricky, but most if not all aquaponics systems produce optimal yield when they are properly planned and maintained. Here are some tips on what you can do to maintain the proper conditions of your aquaponics system for it to be successful and produce a higher yield.
In this guide to water management in aquaponics, we will cover the components of the water system, how to maintain optimal water conditions, and the best practices for water testing, monitoring, and changes.
Only natural or organic fertilizers should be added to aquaponics systems. Keep in mind that you have the fish to think of, and adding chemical fertilizers might affect the fish and other aquatic animals negatively.
One type of aquaponics system that is popular with DIYers and aquaponics beginners is the barrel aquaponics system or barrelphonics. A barrel system will allow you to delve into aquaponics with little space available and without spending too much money.
Aquaponics systems can produce plants that can be harvested quickly because of the continuous amount of nutrients that the system provides to the plants. But before you can add the fish and more plants into the system, it is essential that the beneficial bacteria which produce nutrients for the plants is introduced and established.