10 Essential Tips on Building a DIY Aquaponics System

4. Don’t Use Any Harmful Chemicals

Once you’ve finished building your aquaponics system, remember not to use any harmful chemicals. It may be tempting to fertilize the plants like you normally would, but it is not necessary and can do more harm than good. The fish and water are getting the job done by helping the plants thrive. If you add any unnatural or harmful chemicals, the fish could become sick.

Remember, the fish and plants have a symbiotic relationship. If one is sick, the other one will not be able to thrive, and soon your whole system could be in trouble. Let the fish and plants work together like they’re supposed to, and your system will be full of life.

5. Decide Location

Deciding the location is important when building your own aquaponics system. When using your aquaponics system for an indoor garden, one of the most popular locations is the kitchen. You can also put it outdoors. These systems can be placed almost anywhere to add to your home and garden. Depending on what you are growing, it is important to decide how much light your systems will need. Placing it near a window may be a good idea.

Make sure you have enough room where you want to put your system. You don’t want counter space too cluttered.  Don’t place it where chemicals can spill or find a way into your system. These chemicals can harm the environment of the fish and the plants. If one is in danger so is the other.  It is also advisable to keep it away from children and pets who may accidentally knock over the system.

6. Take Your Time

Be patient with yourself. Trying something new can be stressful at first. You are learning something new, something you’ve never done before. Remember, don’t get stressed if you have some minor problems. Practice makes perfect so if you don’t get it right the first time you can always keep trying. The benefits of your aquaponics system outweigh the possible stress you may feel at taking on the task of putting it together the right way.

Try building with a partner so that you will have help if you get stuck on the instructions. This can also be a fun activity to do with the whole family. The kids will love to see their project come to life!

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