It turns out that most aquaponic systems are missing out on a lot of the nutrients that are available to them! In this video I talk all about mineralization tanks and how they can greatly increase your system’s ability to utilize nutrients by digesting all of that poop your fish make. I also show you how I built mine!
Link to Bigelow Brook Farms’ video on a more intricate mineralization tank design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3L6Qcq30P4
Link to Dr. Wilson Lennard’s Aquaponic Factsheet on solid waste management, which includes further guidelines for mineralization tanks (including sizing): http://www.aquaponic.com.au/Solids%20filtration.pdf
**Please note that I did NOT follow the correct sizing procedures in the above link because I was unable to get an accurate measurement of daily average effluent production from my swirl filter. The sizing that I chose for my tank is a very rough approximation. I HIGHLY recommend that you size your mineralization tank using the above guidelines if at all possible.**
UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that the figures for pump sizing in this video are not correct for this use case. The 60 LPM pump I am running on this 20 gal mineralization tank is slightly too small. For a tank of this size I would have gotten the next size up. Despite this, the mineralization tank is functioning quite effectively!
I am also pleased to announce that I have recently been featured in an episode of the Green Market Agorist podcast! (I was already in the process of editing together all of the footage when the episode was released, so I wanted to let you all know here). If anarchist politics is your thing, you should check it out.
Link to episode: https://anchor.fm/greenmarketagorist/episodes/Green-Market-Agorist-Episode-2-Solarpunk-Dreams-feat–The-Solarpunk-Farmer-ecq2kn
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