This type of design is more common in the world of hydroponics but it can still be used for an aquaponics system. The water from the fish tank is pumped through small channels. Plants have their roots submerged in these channels. This system is more specialized, thus mainly suitable for growing green leafy vegetables.
Catfish are a popular type of fish in an aquaponics system. Let’s look at the reasons why. These fish can easily lay eggs in small pools or even fish tanks. They also have a very efficient digestion system which leads to about 50% of the food ingested being converted into meat and body mass. That’s important in case you want to eat the fish too, but even if you don’t catfish are a good choice.
Eco — this is a green method that does not require soil, nasty weeds, pets, fertilizer or additives. Your plants will grow magnificently and in safety!
The best part of this is that you have a symbiotic relationship between your fish and plants. Fish produce waste which the plants absorb aquaponic gardening return clean water back to the fish. All you need to do to keep the system running perfectly is feed the fish and pick vegetables that are ready.
If you don’t want to eat your fish, a lot of people just keep them as decoration or to breed and sell to aquarium owners, aquaculturists, or for stocking fish ponds.
One of the great advantages of this way of growing, is you can position the grow beds at a comfortable level for you. This means no more bending over and working on the ground. When building your system, choose a height for the grow bed that is going to be the most comfortable to work with. This is a system where you are in control. Unlike the gardening in the ground where you are fighting against nature.
If you’re interested in getting started with some aquaponic supplies plans there are several places you can find them online. You’ll thank me later because they will teach you how to build it as well as how to maintain your system.
An aquatic pump, you can use efficient pumps from most aquatic stores. The power of the pump depends on the size of your fish tank. The staff at the aquatic store can help you will this.
If you have never heard of this type of farming it may sound a bit crazy, however, this is a proven method of raising vegetables and fish. It has fed many thousands of people who have done this type of farming for many years.