All water used in aquaponics systems must be dechlorinated, be free of toxic chemicals, and if possible, have few or no suspended solids.
Water that is clear will make it easier to observe the fish. Clear water allows you to monitor any build-up of waste at the base of the tank and let you see if the fish are eating all of the food given to them.
A lot of aquaponics enthusiasts underestimate the importance of monitoring and maintaining their water quality.
Fish are totally dependent upon the environment in which they are kept. If water quality is allowed to deteriorate below optimum ranges, major problems will occur.
Examples of fish problems associated with poor water quality include the following:
- reduced feeding
- poor growth
- an inability to reproduce
- increase in disease
- stock mortality
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