When we think of growing plants most of us think of a garden in our backyard or a farmers field.The plants are grown in soil and fertilizer is used to add nutrients to the soil to help them grow better. Another type of farming is called hydroculture. Hydroculture involves growing plants in water. The roots of the plants get their nutrients from the water. Two types of hydoculture are hydoponics and aquaponics. To understand the difference between a hyroponics system and an aquaponics system we first must understand want each system is.
And out of all this, you get organically grown plants, grown with free fertilizer, and 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.
An fish aquaponics 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.
Constant Flow. This type of system varies from the Ebb aquaponics how to Flow in that it has a constant stream of water to the grow bed. Plants that work well with this system are well-suited to stay in a constantly moist environment, such as lettuce.
Because of the lack of extra chemicals and other such things it means that the cost of running an aquaponics system is very low indeed. In fact the most expensive item once you are set up is the fish food, which is dirt cheap.
A garage or even a spare room in your home can be a great place to get started. No need to rent an industrial space to get started. You can get started in front of a sunny window or a small greenhouse in your back yard. If you don’t have access to these things, artificial grow lights will work, although they add to the cost.
Sometimes to get what you want, you have to look outside the box. Many gardeners have done just that and they are getting spectacular results with a system called aquaponic. Aquaponics is a way to grow plants that is 100% organic, and the fertilizer is built into the system. Not only is this an easier way to grow plants, it can also be a lot more fun.
You can be involved in this popular type of gardening whether you are young or old, as there are only a couple of things you must do each day to upkeep your system. Feeding your fish is important, as well as keeping the water aerated. These tasks only take a few minutes every day, and keep your fish and your plants healthy.
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.