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April, 2017

How To Grow Marijuana In An Aquaponic System

By on 04/17/2017

Growing marijuana is rather a contentious subject these days. However, if you’ve consulted with your lawyer/consultants and you know for a fact that it’s absolutely legal in your state or have legal permission, then you may want to know how to grow marijuana in an aquaponic system. If you don’t maybe learning how to print t-shirts will be better. (We are not liable for any illegal use of this information).

Here are some tips that you should keep in mind:

  1. You need a lot of patience. An aquaponics system is a constant juggling act involving fish, bacteria that converts the fish waste into useful nutrients, and plants. So you’ll need time to at least colonize the bacteria, and then more time afterwards to get the balance right.

It takes a while to get that proper balance. This may involve changing the water, adding or removing fish, managing pH, and adding nutrients.

  1. Take note of the high nutrient needs of the marijuana. Building your bacteria biofilter can take at least 6 months, so in the first few months your marijuana may not get the nutrients it needs from the fish waste. This means that during the first few months of your system you’ll need to supplement the nutrients.

Also, during the flowering-budding stage, the cannabis plants can really consume a lot of nutrients. So you will need to account for this. It helps if you already have experience with tomatoes for aquaponics, as they both have similar nutrient needs. They’re very different from the simpler needs of herbs and lettuce (which are best for beginners).  (more…)

Best Fish Picks For Aquaponics

By on 04/14/2017

When you’re planning an aquaponics system, you will need to put some thought regarding the fish you’ll use for your setup. If you’re looking for foods to grow in an aquaponic system to enjoy for dinner, here are some of your best options:

  • Largemouth Bass. In the wild, they’re a popular gamefish. The smaller ones tend to taste better than bigger ones, and that’s because of their diet. The younger fish generally eat small insects, shrimp, and scud. The older and bigger ones usually go for other small animals, including water birds, snakes, and snails.

Of course, since you can control the diet and the water cleanliness for your largemouth bass, the bigger ones should taste a lot better. Still, just be ready for its stronger taste compared to the tastes of other fish.  (more…)