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Frequently Asked Aquaponic Questions

Answers to the questions we get often, if you dont get your answer here please use the search feature or contact us

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My water has gone green. What should I do?

Water going green is usually because of algae, and most of the time it happens during the start up phase because the algae grows faster than your plants so you have to give your plants some time to grow. Algae is a very small plant that floats in water so what is happening is that the algae is getting sunlight and the nutrients in the water before your plants in the grow bed therefore to fix the problem you must stop the sunlight from hitting the water to starve the algae from growing.

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The sides and bottom of my tank is covered with slime, should I clean it off?

That slime is called the bio film and it should be a thing layer, it is home to plenty of beneficial bacteria that help your system to work, some of the fish also eat this bio film. It is an all around benefit to your system so leave it alone.

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I have long strands of algae growing in my tank, what should I do?

Stringy or filamentous algae, does not look very nice and it can start to take over your fish tank with its long strands of algae. Try to keep the light off the water if you can by covering the tank. Remove what you can from the sides of the tank manually. Perhaps add some known algae eaters to the tank if you can.

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How long can I leave my fish without feeding them?

Almost all species of fish will live happily for weeks without feeding. If you are going away on holiday for a week or two, we would recommend that you get a friend family member or neighbour to come around once or twice a week to check your system and feed your fish.

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My fish appear unwell, gasping at the surface or showing labouring breathing, or erratic behaviour, perhaps flashing?

In emergency situations when your fish are gasping for air at the surface you have to increases circulation of the water to get more oxygen into the water.

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My fish are off their feed, what should I do?

Find out what has changed or if a predator has made your fish tank it new territory and your fish are being cautious.

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How much should I feed my fish?

what they eat in 5 mins

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What fish can I grow in my system?

If you can start with tilapia that’s should be your first choice because it’s a pretty hardy fish and can take the mistakes you will make as a first timer when most other fish will die. Choose fish ideal for your location and temperature that way you don’t have to pay extra bills for heating or cooling. I recommend talking to your local pet shop about what fish are best if you want to go the ornamental route, the pet shop is also a good source for edible fish but they are usually sold under a different name for example, iridescent shark or the pacu fish.

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My ammonia/nitrites/nitrate levels are high, what should I do?

If the plants are growing be happy! If not then you must up your feed amount

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Do fish need sunlight?

No not at all, or at least only in very small amounts, ultimately it’s great if you can keep the sun off your fish tank, fish are happy when they feel protected and in the shadows, there aren’t many fish that like sitting in the sunshine. This has come about through many generations of breeding, those sitting out in the sun would be picked off quickly by predators from in the water or the sky.

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Can I put plants and other features into my fish tank?

Yes but this increases the complexity of the system as you now have more to clean you have to weigh the benefits such as if the plants make it look good or provide a breeding area for the fish.

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I have algae on my grow bed media, what should I do?

Stop the media from staying wet

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How is it different from hydroponics?

Hydroponics uses salt based chemical fertiliser witch is like fast food for plants and they are constantly on this diet. Aquaponics uses fish manure which is the natural option, mother nature knows best.

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What can you grow in aquaponics?

Really anything can be grown in aquaponics it depends on the method you chose, root crops will need wicking beds, and leafy green do best in deep water culture(DWC). For every plant there is a method of growing to suit you just have to do the research.

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Do the produce taste “fishy?”

Produce grown in the aquaponic system DOES NOT taste fishy. Plants are absorbing the vital minerals and nutrients that are broken down from fish waste not the fish themselves.

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How much food can you produce in a year?

It really depends on the skill of the grower, what aquaponic does is to provide a constantly idea root zone for your plants to grow the rest is up to you. So in theory aquaponic provides the most you can get from out of a given space. What you grow is up to you.

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Where is the best place to put an aquaponics system?

All of our systems come with the ability to attach to our solar power option

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How expensive are aquaponic systems?

Depends on what you want. like every hobby out there you can spend alot or a little, our advice is to get the most bang for your buck by buying an aquaponic machine.

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How much space do I need to grow enough food to support myself?

More than you think.

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Can you do aquaponics indoors?

Aquaponic systems can be done indoors. Placing systems near windows or adding in supplemental grow lighting make growing easy.

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How easy is it to maintain an aquaponics system?

Depending on what type of aquaponic system you choose, the maintenance could be a lot or very little. The aquaponic machine comes in 5min a week up to 40 hour a week systems.

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What type of aquaponic system do you use at Aquaponic Machine?

Our aquaponic system is second to none, in fact it is a second generation aquaponic system witch is much more adapted to modern use than all the rest of systems out there

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What kind of grow lights do I need if I am growing vegetables indoors?

We recommend selecting lights that mimic the sun. Lights are categorized by their color temperature. Light spectrums starting at 5,500 to 6,500 will work for growing indoors.

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What other nutrients do I need to add in order to maintain the health of the system?

Aquaponic systems naturally lack certain minerals and require them to be added from time to time. They are potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. Your plants will tell you when it is time to add these minerals into the system. Often times, they will turn colors on the edges of their leaves.

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Where can I source parts to make my own aquaponic system?

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can make you own aquaponic systems using parts found at local hardwear. When sourcing materials, take time to consider what they are made out of. Remember that you will be growing plants and fish in the system. Sourcing materials that will not leach into the water will help make sure your aquaponics system does not turn into a toxic waste site.

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The following plastics are OK to use in aquaponic systems:

HDPE (high density polyethylene) and Vinyl (polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) They may be others but we have found that these two are mostly what is available and easy to work with.

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What kind of aquaponic system is best for me?

An aquaponic machine of course!

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What kind of training and support does Aquaponic machine provide?

We provide lots of help and support to ensure that you feel confident growing using our unique aquaponics system. you can also contact us directly to ask questions or even make comments to help us improve our tech or services.

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Why aren’t we seeing more aquaponics being done?

Aquaponics is new we have to give it time to go global as people adapt the technology to their local environment.

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