The truth is that starting in the field of aquaponics is much like any other. It has a certain learning curve which is fine when you have the patience and wish to look into the field seriously later on. But if it is just a passing interest it may just be best to stick to purchasing a small indoor aquaponics system which will cost far less.
Size matters for a small indoor aquaponics system
There are some issues associated with aquaponics system sizes that have to be taken into account. It is widely accepted that in order to have a balanced system size is a factor. It has been found that the size of a 1,000 litre system is where balance is achievable, but more importantly, sustainable. Systems which are smaller than that need frequent supervision, and balancing, and because they are not stabilized easily, can cause headaches for beginners. This can quickly lead to frustration making people get a little disenchanted with the whole idea. This is where the advice and guidance of experienced aquaponists is necessary. Such advice can be found on the internet or by directly contacting people that are in a position to help. Others simply give up opting to sell their system or just junk it.
At the end of the day, a small indoor aquaponics system might be a charming idea, but if it is too small, will provide nothing more than amusement, for a while…
The fact is that small indoor aquaponics systems can be a bit of a novelty, but nothing really substantial can be learned or harvested from them unless they are at least 800 litres or more.
Can small indoor aquaponics systems work successfully?
Sure but there will always be the problems mentioned so far, and they will probably be far more sensitive to changes and therefore more “labour” intensive.
Real aquaponics joy begins at the 800 – 1,000 litre mark; this is not an overly large system but will certainly provide leafy greens, a pass-time and satisfaction, perhaps even joy.