Corals and Permaculture

Keeping corals before I started farming taught me a lot about natural systems management.  Keeping corals demands the cultivation of a diverse and stable environment over a long time course.  It demands the management of nutrients and energy cycling.   As I’ve continued to develop my permaculture system I have noticed many similarities between the two radically different systems.

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-Systems are microcosms of natural systems

 

-Too many nutrients or a nutrient imbalance will destabilize system

 

-Too many of one species will result in disease or pest problems and overall increased instability

 

-Species biodiversity provides positive feedback (more biodiversity) and vice versus.  i.e. the addition of one species can lead to the capability of supporting others; and conversely if one species is lost others may be as well.

 

-Application of pesticides to system would result in collapse

 

-High levels of species diversity stabilize system

 

-High levels species interaction and codependence

 

-High levels of productivity resulting from niche partitioning

 

-System crashes (periods of instability) can teach you valuable lessons

 

-Healthy soil rich in biota:  healthy sand/gravel rich in biota

 

-Grazers are necessary to balance system

 

-Beauty increases with diversity

 

-Sunlight fuels everything

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