Decorative pumpkins at farmers market

Aquaponics is one of the latest techniques that enable you to have a self-sufficient food supply. It is a sustainable system that is simple to understand and easy to maintain. It is borne from two traditional approaches, aquaculture and hydroponics. What’s great about aquaponics is that it eliminates the disadvantages of these traditional approaches. In a nutshell, aquaponics is a way to maximize the benefit of fish tank water, instead of wasting it like aquaculture does.

And out of all this, you get organically grown plants, grown with free fertilizer, aquaponic gardening you get a second crop, clean organic fish, all grown with the same system. You do have to add fish food to the system, but fish production can more than cover those costs and you are getting fertilizer free. Or you can grow your own fish food.

Because the pump for flooding the plant bedding would be in the fish tank, the pump will be small and should have a screen on it to prevent any large fecal matter from entering the pump causing it to fail. This screen would need to be periodically cleaned as part of a routine maintenance program.

There are quite a few expensive kits out there that don’t really work too well, so be careful with what you are looking at. I still think that the best way for you to learn how to do really well with home aquaponics is to get a guide that teaches you from the ground up. You can generally get your first home aquaponics garden growing within a few days, and it barely takes any time at all.

One of the most common choice for an aquaponics method are Tilapia, even though there are different other fishes which will also do well. Tilapia as well as other types of fishes have been banned in some areas. Therefore check with nearby regulations to make positive the fish you pick will likely be legal. Some fish are temperature sensitive. You ought to assure that your chosen fish would be suitable for the water temperatures which you will be capable to keep. Tilapias may not be an superb option in an vicinity with cold winters, unless you can maintain the water heated.

A great bonus with aquaponic gardening is the production of fish. With many concerns about the quality of imported farmed fish and depleting natural fish, the fresh clean fish from these systems in some cases be even more valuable than the plants they grow. This more than pays for the cost of fish feed while creating free fertilizer for the plant crops.

At the start, you have the edible fish and the plants. Once the fish in the tank start releasing waste, two types of bacteria will begin an aquaponics grow in the water.

These systems when bought in kit form are very expensive but there is a way around it, D.I.Y aquaponics is a very cheap alternative. The results are the same, great tasting and fast growing plants and vegetables but for about a quarter of the cost.

As an example… imagine you had a 2′ x 3′ garden filled with a couple plants. An aquaponics system can easily grow 10x as many plants as a normal soil garden can and because it fixes the watery taste problem of hydroponics whatever you grow tastes great!

The other great part of aquaponics is, you not only grow high quality organic vegetables, you also can grow high quality organic fish. Food fish like tilapia, bass, catfish and many others do great in this kind of system. You can more than offset the cost of fish food by eating or selling the fish. And if you grow your own fish food, there is no cost. And most of all, many people are finding out this is the most fun way to grow a garden.