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Why you should use river gravel in your aquaponics system even when you want to use expanded clay

Why you should use river gravel in your aquaponics system even when you want to use expanded clay A lot of emails from people asking me questions about what grow media I’m using in my aquaponics system. Most of the time I give them the same answer: “It depends.” I imagine the look on their face just before I hit the send button on a two word response. Then I stop and continue writing.
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The Bell Siphon explained… and why I don’t use them anymore

The Bell Siphon explained… and why I don’t use them anymore I don’t think there is any part of an aquaponics system that is more misunderstood than a bell siphon. Don’t get me wrong, they are cool, they work (most of the time) and relatively inexpensive to make. If you understand the physics of the bell siphon, how they work and why they’re needed, then you know there is no need for them at all.
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A Brief Introduction to Aquaponics

A Brief Introduction to Aquaponics Aquaponics, simply, is the symbiotic cooperation of aquaculture and hydroponics. Traditionally in aquaculture, fish raised in holding tanks will require a routine water change as ammonia slowly builds and becomes toxic. Disposal of this water becomes necessary and if not handled in a responsible manner, can pollute the local environment.
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