A small, diverse permaculture farm (and now, Bakery!) in beautiful SE Minnesota - our dream come true life focused on Local Food, Local Art, Local Music.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Ironing out the Aquaponics Chemistry
Since connecting up the growing towers over the past week, the algae bloom in the pond has dissipated, thanks to the plants taking up the nutrients. Now you can see the fish again! The water is reddish-brown, however, because Chris added chelated iron to satisfy an iron deficiency for the plants. The brown color will eventually clear as the water is replaced with water from the roof water catchment system. These fish are tilapia, but they look more like goldfish in the reddish water. Starting a new pond is always a challenge, getting the ecosystem in balance.
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.