Table of Contents Introduction to Garden Pond Pumps A pond pump lies at the heart of any successful pond system. It is the means by which life-giving oxygen is pumped around the pond system to where it is most needed.
Category: Pond Filtration Systems
Pond Filtration Articles
Pond filtration systems are essential if we are to ensure excellent water quality. Water quality is the prime pre-requisite for healthy and happy fish. Without the microbes involved, the toxic ammonia produced by the fish, would not be converted to less toxic nitrate. As a consequence fish quickly would become stressed, open to disease and early death.
In aquatic systems it is the pond filtration system that links the health of the fish and the plants. Natural ecosystems purify the toxic fish waste and supply the essential plant nutrients on an entirely organic and sustainable way.
In addition nitrate is also an indispensable plant nutrient. Aquaponic farmers are really culturing three separate living systems. The fish, the plants and the biofilter. Each system is affected by, and affects, the other two.
It may sound extremely complex and impossible to balance the three systems but the truth is that there are natural feedback systems operating in the background. For instance, should there be a decline in water quality this will directly reduce the amount of food taken in by the fish and, by so doing, reduce the production of further waste products excreted. This in turn will allow the water quality to improve. Plant growth will also be directly affected by the quantity of plant nutrients available. Biofiltration is a very staple and reliable and as such is the technique of choice for the vast majority of aquaponic and recirculating aquaculture systems. (RAS)
There are limits of course but with experience, and back up water analysis, it is perfectly possible to maintain all three living ecosystems in perfect harmony.
Although historically the emphasis has been on bacteria such as Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter more recent research indicates that these species are usually in the minority. There is a complex array of microbes involved in biofiltration that can utilise a very extensive range of chemicals dependent upon the micro ecosystems involved. As research progresses our understanding of the nitrogen cycle improves along with our ability to make improvements in the design and operation of aquaponic systems.
When it comes to selecting an effective biological medium it doesn’t get much better than K1 Media. This can be used as an affective method of trapping suspended solids in a filter without the risk of blockage. But it is
What is fishless cycling? This article is all about the relatively new technique of fishless cycling. This process is intended to help fish keepers avoid what is generally known as New Tank Syndrome. As the name implies it is only
The bacterial communities that live in our grow beds play an essential role in the operations of all aquaponic systems. They remove fish ammonia and supply essential nutrients to the plants. Consequently they have a key role to play when
The Nitrogen Cycle plays an essential role in all aquaponic systems, ponds and aquaria. Nearly all recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) also rely on it to maintain healthy fish. It’s importance helps explain why biofilters are such an essential component of