What are the important considerations when designing an Aquaponics System?

Just got this from Chris Sharp:

  1. What are the important considerations when designing an Aquaponics System?
  2. The system should be easy to set up.
  3. Your system should be easy to operate.
  4. You should be able to control the production parameters.
  5. Your system should be designed to minimize points of failure.
  6. Your system should be scaled to suit your available area.
  7. Your aquaponics system should be capable of a predictable level of productivity.
  8. It should be sustainable.
  9. Your tanks and growing systems should be durable.
  10. Your design should be versatile.
  11. Your system should be cheap to operate.
  12. Your system should be affordable.
  13. It should be expandable.
  14. Portability can be an advantage.
  15. Safety is essential (remember young children can drown in 50mm of water and electricity and water don’t mix very well).
  16. Your system should be neat and tidy.
  17. The location of your system can have important implications.
  18. The system design should integrate well with other food production units if necessary.
  19. A 12/24 Volt backup pumping system is essential.
  20. Alternative Energy should be used where possible.
  21. It Should Be Pain-Free(no stress).
  22. Remember the KISS principal.