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Mythconception #6 – Aquaponics is Easy

There are some people who would have you believe that operating an aquaponics system is just…..easy! The  people most likely to tell you that aquaponics is easy are those who want to sell you aquaponics kits or equipment – so their interest is fairly...

Mythconception #5 – Sustainability

We often seen the word sustainability used in conjunction with aquaponics but just how sustainable is it? Water use efficiency and the absence of herbicides and pesticides are powerful arguments in support of sustainability…..and so is the conversion of fish...

Mythconception #4 – Removal of Solid Wastes

This ‘mythconception’ would be amusing if not for the fact that it is responsible for the premature death of so many fish. The purpose of grow beds in a media-based aquaponics system is to facilitate nitrification and to grow plants……in that order. There’s a...

Mythconception #3 – Grow Bed Depth

A commonly uttered nonsense has it that media-based grow beds must be at least 300mm (12 inches) deep and, I have to say, that this is one of my favourite aquaponics myths. How did this idea come about? Probably the person most responsible for the current interest in...

Mythconception #2 – Component Ratio

The Component Ratio is an attempt to quantify growing system volume as a proportion of fish tank volume…..and it’s another one of those silly “guidelines” which purport to guide people while actually misleading them. One of the more common...