Fish farming, also called aquaculture, is one of the fastest growing areas of agriculture in the world. Most farmed fish comes from Asia, and more consumers are worried about the quality and potential hazards from imported farm raised fish. With this, and a growing demand for farm raised fish, there are more opportunities for domestic fish farming.
With conventional and organic gardening, the method is to work hard to till and condition the soil, plant your crops in the ground, and then regularly dump massive amounts of water and fertilizer into the ground. Much of the water ends up evaporating, while the majority of the rest, along with most of the nutrients, soaks into the ground and is lost. It’s only a small amount that is actually used by the plants, many of which may be weeds.
An build aquaponics system system consists of two parts. There is the tank where you grow your fish and there is a bed (usually on top) where the plants go. Water is pumped up from the fish tank (the fish produce waste that contains the nutrients your plants crave) and as this water passes by the roots of your plants they absorb them which is like filtering the water. This clean water is then sent back to the fish tank where the process starts over again.
Some say that an aquaponics system is the best system as the disadvantages of the other two systems are eliminated. What is left is a system that works in harmony. The water is kept clean, the food grows and there is very little the ‘farmer’ has to do.
Plant cover an aquaponics vegetation such as alfalfa or moss. These types of low-growing plants are great for helping increase nitrogen levels with the soil, as well as producing terrific natural compost when they decay.
The latest type of gardening without soil is known as aquaponics and turns out to be a simple way to grow a garden. The great thing about this type of gardening is that you can grow vegetables while growing eatable fish providing a diversified variety of food.
Fish water will become toxic to fish if not filtered or flushed often. The compounds that accumulate in the water from the fish wastes make excellent plant fertilizer. When the fish water is circulated through the hydroponics system, the plants get a constant supply of all the nutrients they need. And since the plants absorb these materials from the water, they take care of all the filtering. This is a system where the plants aquaponic supplies fish take care of each other. The water is cleaned for the fish by the plants, and the fish supply all the nutrients a plant could want.
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!
So is My DIY Aquaponics worth getting? I can honestly say yes it is because it will help you get a system set up in less than a month and this will save you a ton of money on fruit and vegetables.