Friday, July 25, 2014

Watch this video to learn more about how to manage water quality in an aquaponics system. I have learned so much throughout the last seven months after building our own system.  The terms used in various books and websites can be confusing!  I hope the information you learn here today helps you understand more about what's going on with the water in aquaponics. 

One of the things that has been most interesting to me is the balance that is required between the water, the fish, and the plants. There is so much more to this than I initially suspected!

In aquaponics one of the most important elements of water quality to understand is pH. The pH affects the fish and the plant's growth and ultimately determines how well your system is going to work overall. I have been struggling with pH in my system since the river rock I choose to use contains limestone; this causes the pH to hold at a level of 8.2 which is far too high to have the results I am looking for.  You can also read more about pH in my previous post here.

As I am going through the process of replacing all of my grow media, I have learned a great deal about what pH actually is and also how it is lowered and raised in the system. I have also learned how to test for carbonates and what the best range should be in a healthy system.

General harness, Carbonate hardness and buffering pH have been some of the most interesting concept that I have learned. Check out the video here to learn more.

Thanks for watching!!

For more information and a tour of our indoor aquaponics system, click here.


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