One of the most obvious advantages of aquaponic gardening is all the fresh fish and vegetables they will provide for you. And all this from very little effort on your part. Although this type of garden does require some care and will not entirely take care of itself. But the alternative would be to spend that time going to the grocery store to pay money for lower quality food. For me, I would rather spend just a few minutes a day to ensure that my aquaponic garden will keep producing high quality fresh food for a long time.
In one area you have your fish which produce ammonia aquaponic gardening then ultimately nitrates are formed. In the other area you have your plants that use the nitrates along with other wastes/toxins that are in the water. Let’s now put the puzzle pieces together. The ugly water from the fish tank is used by the plants to grow. The plants clean the water so that the fish have clean water to live in.
In some cases, you may be limited to location selections for your aquaponic system. If so, you may need to provide some kind of auxiliary lighting system. Although some people spend a lot of money on expensive grow light systems, this is not required for good aquaponic gardening. A set of fluorescent lights fashioned into a lighting system should do the job.
Setting up and operating this kind of system is about as simple as setting up a home aquarium. But instead of having a mechanical filter for the tank, you set up a grow bed to filter the water through. Roots can grow directly into the water by themselves or with a medium like gravel. This kind of system pretty much takes care of itself. This eliminates working with soil, which is most of the work involved with farming. Instead you can focus on the profitable part, which is growing plants and fish.
So, when you set up an aquaponics system at your home, you will get not only fresh fruits and vegetable without too much labor, but you will also be able to raise fish and other marines.
Although the pH range for the plants is different, what is acceptable for the plants does fall inside the acceptable pH level range for the fish. In an aquaponics system there needs to be a compromise between the pH level for the fish and the plants. The lower end of the pH range for the plants is much more acidic than for the fish. Having the pH of the water reach the lower end of what is acceptable to the plants, should never happen, if you are monitoring the pH of the water with the fish in mind.
Aquaponics is a system of growing both fish and plants together. Fish and plants make a great combination because they take care of each other. Nutrient rich fish water is used to supply the plants with all the nutrients and moisture they need to be vigorous and healthy. These nutrients come from the fish wastes. The fish water is circulated through the plant roots, which filter the water and clean the system for the fish.
It will also give you a chance to stay connected with nature. It will be a great experience for you to raise such a well purposed farm and see it flourishing and growing in the most amazing way without your active support.