The January 2014 issue of the Aquaponics Survival Communities magazine will have my latest “Aqua-ponderings” column. This month I am going to discuss what I think are some of the most common “Newbie” mistakes made in Aquaponics.
#2. Poor design of system. When there is a lack of understanding regarding proper sizing of mechanical components (pumps, piping, aeration, tanks), the result is commonly improperly powered devices and/or dead zones in their tanks/grow beds. It is true that designing a system on your own is one of the most satisfying things in this hobby, but there are some significant considerations to understand when doing so.
If you fail to look at all the possibilities, or you do not fully understand how to size the components to each other; it is very possible to create a system that will work poorly or not at all.