It is very easy to build an aquaponics system and the results from a well planned system can be amazing. You can build a very productive system with simple and inexpensive materials. Although these systems are easy to build and operate, there are some key things you should know that can make all the difference between a system that is productive and one that is not.
Though there is an ever-growing trend of eating organic, the market is hard to navigate. Not all the products claiming to be organic are always this way. Moreover, you can spend more on products claiming to be organic and end up getting lower quality than the normal vegetables grown with pesticides. The only way you can be sure that the food you are consuming is 100% organic is to start growing it yourself.
Freshwater fish like tilapia or white bass are put in a holding tank. The holding tank has simple aeration system to oxygenate the water. The fish are fed with pellets or organic/natural fish food.
Constant Flow. This type of system varies from the Ebb and 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.
Just briefly for a full definition, hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water without soil. Aquaponics is «the cultivation of fish and plants together in the same water using organic food sources in a sustainable, resource efficient manner».
The second benefit that is my personal favorite is the fact that all the produce you grow with aquaponics how to is organic. You know exactly what’s been done to get these tomatoes and it didn’t involve shady farming practices.
Aquaponics has great profit potential. I am not going to tell you that you are going to make a quick killing with it. I can pretty safely assure you that you won’t. But you can build a real business that can become quite profitable over time. At the least you can get a system started up that will produce fresh vegetables and fish for you and your family. And fish aquaponics is a whole lot of fun if you like growing things without a lot of work.
You may be wondering what fish have to do with growing plants, but fish and plants compliment each other amazingly well. Fish are an excellent source of plant nutrients that they put directly into the water through their waste excretions. These nutrients are released through the fish’s gills and their excrement. Bacteria in the water convert these waste products into nutrients that are usable by plants.
Everything you need to start your aquaponics experience and have fresher, less tainted foods, where to place the pots, such as waist level versus the ground is all in the How to Aquaponics guide.