Things to look at before purchasing
an Aquaponics system
1. Are the claims of the number
of fish and vegetable production un-real?
a. Rule of thumb for Aquaponics Systems are as follows
*Maximum 1 fish (grown out to about a pound) to approx. 1 cubic foot of bio-filter
(a 50 gallon bio-filter (grow bed) would equal 6.68 cubic feet)
b. This means you could support 6 fish for
a system of this size, which means
that once the system is cycled, there will only be enough bacteria to support
this number of fish and an appropriate amount of plants.
Any more and the system would fail and cause plant and fish deaths.
c. For every additional fish put in the
system, you will need approx. 1 cubic foot of
grow bed bio-filter area (7.5 gallons)
2. The smaller the system, the faster things change, such as water quality, PH, ammonia, Water Temp, etc.
3. On average, a system will
take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to cycle
a. To Cycle means the system will develop enough bacteria to take care of the
the fish waste being produced.
4. A well designed system will
include all the information needed to prove it will run correctly
You should get free email, phone and local support. If you buy your system from across the
country, are you sure you will get support?