With the tough economic circumstances we’re all facing, getting inexpensive and quality foods and products is a growing challenge for even the most experienced shoppers. Prices are through the roof to the point where it seems you have to spend a fortune to have a healthy diet. More inexpensive products are always of lower quality, this holds true for food as well. You can now get the best organic fruits, vegetables, and fish… plus save money at the same time! Where does this come from? It comes from your own farm… your own in house aquaponic farm.
After the water from the fish holding tanks is filtered through the growing beds, it is returned to the fish holding tank. The fish live in a clean healthy water supply and the cycle is repeated again and again. Your plants will grow like gangbusters in the nutrient rich water in the aquaponics system.
This is such a large subject, but I’m not going to get into all the details in this article. But people are increasingly turning to aquaponics aquaponic source hydroponics at home to grow their own plants. And that’s what Aquaponics 4 You can do for you. This program gives you step-by-step instructions of how to build your own aquaponics system.
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.
So, if you’re ready to set up your own DIY aquaponic garden and reap all the benefits it has to offer, why wait? It is a very simple process that will give you the fastest growing vegetables you have ever seen. Sure, you can purchase Aquaponics systems in many places, but why spend money on something you can build by yourself?
Many garden plants really do not need soil and will grow just fine without it. As long as the roots get plenty of water, nutrients and in some cases oxygen, they can grow very well. Hydroponics is a way to grow plants without soil. Bu typically, hydroponics uses chemical fertilizers and tries to create a sterile growing environment. The results are often vegetables that are low in flavor, or have a chemical flavor, and it can be a lot of work keeping the nutrient levels just right in the water.
There are many forums and products available to help you with understanding and building your build aquaponics system system. You need to discover for yourself how much time that you are willing to invest in the building, testing and then altering course a bit to learn and make your aquaponics system work efficiently. We will be building a small aquaponics system in our house to test out what we can grow year round, and increase our skills so that when we upsize our system, we will have a better understanding of all the environmental concerns since we live at 7,000 feet elevation in Colorado.
Water pumps and filtration systems maintain a perfect environment for both fish and plants. Before starting the project, you will need to determine the type of plants and fish to grow. You need to plan on water temperature that suits the tank size. Other factors include calculating water heaters in watts; number of lights needed and water quality parameters for various types of fish.
A small, typical aquaponic system can be set up with a fish tank of 1,000 liters of water but if you can get a little bigger tank, say, 3,000 litters it will be more stable. You will need raised garden beds placed above the fish tank so that the filtered water can easily drain back down to the tank with the help of gravity.