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PostPosted: Jan 25th, '18, 02:31 
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Trying to understand the underlying cause many aquaponics systems often fail with out the right maintenance or care.


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Imo 95% of the work is building and setting the AP unit up, if done properly longevity is built in the rest is pleasure.
Power supply, solar degradation of plastics and neglect of the operating system can all and by themselves lead to failure.

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#1 = poor understanding or awareness of the nitrogen / chemistry (esp. cycling and spikes, temp, DO, water issues generally and nutrient/element deficiencies).

#2 = people getting carried away with their aspirations and expectations
eg. trying to have too many fish when starting out / early systems.
eg. thinking running an IBC is going to produce as much as a proper aquaculture system.



#3 = poor animal husbandry (quarantine, fish management, addressing water issues for fish *early enough* etc)

#4 = poor system design / location / implementation
(including trying to grow the wrong things)

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I think the opening question sums it up perfectly. "Without the right maintenance or care" the best system will fail. Aquaponics is not magic, it's just another method of farming that uses fish, water and alternative grow methods instead of raising cows, chickens and pigs and farming in dirt. Any farming operation, even a simple backyard garden, needs proper maintenance and care or it will fail.

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#1 is not engaging in the learning process that will take many months or years, to understand how to make your system operate effectively.
#2 is not being willing or able to put in the effort for improvements, maintenance and care.
#3 is failure to plan for the unexpected and have backups in place.

To have a good system means building one and rebuilding or changing it constantly until it becomes a good system. I don't know anyone that got it right the first time except for very basic and simple small systems, or professionally designed and built commercial systems. Anyone that did get it right the first time probably followed someone else's design or had prior experience with other systems. This entire forum is filled with experienced APers and how they continually improve, upgrade, fix, maintain and care for their systems.

It's the journey that creates success, not just build it and forget it.

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