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.

 

#5.    Fish choice.

In order for your system to operate correctly, you have to have a species of fish that works well in your climate. I am still amazed at the number of people who want to raise a tropical climate fish (like Tilapia), and then they are absolutely terrified by how much they spend on heating the water in their system. I, and many others, usually respond along the lines that it is necessary to remember that the fish are there to provide nutrients for the plants and not for food.  The fact that you can occasionally harvest fish for food is a perk.

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