Symbi Biological

Category: Aquaponics


Microbial Ecology of our Aquaponics System

Learning more about the microbes in our aquaponics system and how we can improve or encourage those actors to do their jobs more efficiently has always been a goal of the Symbi Biological program. Put another way, we’re talking about…

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Measure to Manage: Nutrient Analysis #5

Every so often, I post our nutrient analysis of the aquaponics system water using a Hanna photometer. In the last 6 months, things have been fairly consistent except for the winter months. As the system temperature dropped below 57F, the…

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Water Usage and Rainwater Collection

We made it! Back in May, I posted about the aquaponics water usage and how efficient our aquaponics system operates. It’s exciting to prove that food can be grown in places where water and/or arable land is scarce even if…

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Measure to Manage-Aquaponics Nutrient Analysis #4

Every quarter or so, I share the nutrient analysis of the aquaponics system water. I try to test the system water every two weeks or so. This is the 4th report. Using a photometer, I can get a handle on…

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Aquaponics Water Usage

Here’s a look at the aquaponics system water usage per month for the last 11 months. The monthly data is after the page break. The 4000 gallon system usage averages about 540 gallons per month producing around 250-300 heads of…

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Catfish Added to Aquaponics System

After a little bit of a wait, I finally got some catfish to help power the system. They’re really small at about 4 inches. Not sure if we should be calling them kitten fish at this stage. I’ll have to…

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Mineralization Chamber

Aquaponics is extremely water wise. And our system is about to get a whole lot wiser. I’ve decided to add a mineralization chamber to the aquaponics system to minimize water loss from clearing filters and hopefully to increase the nutrient…

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