When starting a new aquaponics system, it must go through a nitrification process. This process is where a colony of bacteria will develop to process the ammonia into nitrites and then to nitrates. The nitrates are the end product sort of speak for the plant growth.
You have a choice, you can either go with fish or fishless. Fish is a slower process and it can take months for the system to nitrify. If you follow the fishless procedures, you can speed the process up much quicker and be in more control of the process. During this process, you are not thinking about anything else. You don’t have to keep any fish alive. It’s less stressful this way.
Also, you will be able to raise the ammonia up to levels that would be harmful to the fish. Again, by doing so, you will speed up the nitrification process. Once it’s complete, you will be able to fully stock the system with the fish. Going with fish initially, you will have to slowly introduce more and more fish to the system as the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates level adjust accordingly. As you can tell, this way makes it much easier.
Different Ways to Add Ammonia
Instructions for Fishless Cycling
If you purchased the kit online, then disregard this. This would be only if you choose another route. This is not complicated at all. Just following these steps.
I hope you found this article useful. This system start up should be simple for you!
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