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Modules minimise risk in aquaponics

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Anais Nin

over head view of red tilapia in tank

Add fish tanks with ease

Have you ever tried to add another fish tank of grow bed to your single loop system? If so, you'll know that it's difficult because single loop aquaponics is like chain and each tank depends on the tank before it.

So what do you do? Many people have found success if it is a filter there is no problem but adding more biology to the equation on any side must be balanced out by adding to the other side.

Green water breeding program of talipia for backyard aquaponics

Increase your harvest with careful planning

But there are a few things you should know before you add a new fish tank or grow bed to increase your gardens harvest. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you build the right plumbing system that will let you successfully add tank and components and maintain balance during the growth out your systems.

If you are looking for a more natural way to handle the growth and operation of your system the best method to ensure you end up with something that lets you tank components off line and add new ones yet maintain a dependable output is by looking for these things:

Sometimes you have to go with the flow

Make sure your growing system lets you add or remove with any loss in water and very quickly. If it does not, you will have trouble maintaining the system. Ensure your harvesting plan has a repetitive rydim to the task so you can adjust the length of the take by a little and not offset the whole by changing you working schedule .

Any good owner operated aquaponics system should let you adjust the length and time involved in daily task by adding or removing components. This is important because the work loads are adjustable and unpredictable until the whole weekly cycle adds up and has been worked through in hindsight

Building systems by ratios

As producers build systems they can reduce risk by designing their operations in modules this allows a scalable operation that can be more easily expanded and isolates any problems when they arise.
Industrial aquaponics is possible but it has to be modular and the limiting factor is the Labor, the idea is to take a simple system that works per worker and then replicate it as many times as you have space or resources to support.

Minimum size for a industrial aquaponic farm

However there is a minimal viable size for industrial size operations put together like this in that you have to produce enough to make the supporting services profitable. For example 2 modules may produce 200LBs of fish a week but it take 500lbs of fish a week to support one fish worker so your industrial system may have to be 5 modules.
Benefits of a system set up in multiple self-sustained pieces are that you can hold a worker accountable, something that is hard to do in farming as it is usually a group task. Most aquaponic farms raise herbs, lettuce or some other type of greens because the grow time is a lot shorter than nutrient dense crops, if you crash a lettuces crop that is a four week cycle you lost if you crash a tomato crop that is a 4 month cycle you have lost the cash loses are considerably more