Aquaponics is one of the best ways to produce fresh vegetables and fruits and, at the same time, sustain a freshwater fish system. Aquaponics overcomes many common disadvantages of traditional (otherwise known as «dirt») vegetable gardens while utilizing and improving upon the use of a closed freshwater fish systems. With this growing method, you’ll be accomplishing two things: raising fish that will thrive in the closed freshwater system and produce the nutrients used by the plants to grow and flourish. The plants benefit from the waste products produced by the fish. As the plants absorb the nutrients within the system, they filter and clean the water, too.

A high pH level in the water means the water is more alkaline than it should be. However it is not necessary to make any adjustments, as the nitrification process will cause the water to become more acidic an aquaponics lower the pH level.

The low expense and labor of growing fish and plants this way gives this kind of system a great profit potential. And since you are producing fish and plants both from the same system, you are getting twice the production possibilities from the same resources.

An Aquaponics system in its most basic form is similar to the common fish tank, however since there is no continuous flow in this basic system you are limited to growing plants that thrive in stagnant water, like the lettuce plant. Other types of plants that require more oxygen will die in a basic system like this. And that is why you need a continuous flow system.

With aquaponics, you get the advantages of hydroponics but without the chore of fertilizing and keeping the nutrient levels just right. With aquaponics, you feed the fish, and they do the rest of the work. Instead of paying for chemical fertilizer, you just pay for fish food, unless you grow the fish food yourself. But the fish that can be produced, can more than cover the cost of the food. In that sense, your fertilizer can be free.

Tilapia. It is a well-known cultured fish in every parts of the world. It is excellent for diy aquaponics system for several reasons. It is fast growing, easy to breed, and can withstand cool temperatures. It has an omnivorous diet and its meat is a great source of protein for the humans. There’s one thing about this fish, though — it cannot breed in very warm waters. If you place them in cool environment, you can surely harvest great amount of tilapia since they breed faster and grow faster. But because it breeds at a very rapid rate just like the carp, tilapia species are considered pests to some other countries abroad.

In an aquaponic source system, the fish eat whatever feed is made available to them and they then excrete the waste in the forms of urine and fecal matter. The fish poop is pumped into the grow bed where it can be converted by bacteria. The nitrifying bacteria neutralize the waste and convert it to substances that are harmless to fish and beneficial to plants. This cycle is called nitrification.

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.

The best thing about aquaponics 4 you though is that anyone can follow it and get good results. I personally set up a lovely indoor system that is a centre piece in my lounge.

Get an aquaponics guide that will teach you everything you will need to know to get your aquaponics system set up and producing. The step by step guide will walk you through the simple process of setting your system up and make you an expert at producing all the fresh organic food you can eat.