The aquaponics system has recently become «famous» because of it’s appearance on a TV documentery. This does not mean the system is new, on the contrary aquaponics has been around for many, many years now. If you are in any way interested in indoor or outdoor gardening then this could give your efforts a much needed boost in crops and make your hobby much more interesting.
Many people are starting to discover a much easier way to grow their vegetables. Many people expected hydroponics to be the solution to growing plants. But it just hasn’t caught on with the main stream, since it does have its problems, mainly with maintaining nutrient levels. But build aquaponics system seems to be picking up the slack and gaining popularity the way hydroponics never did.
The aquaponics system is a natural cycle that uses fish (of any kind) to feed your plants and vegetables with all the food and nutrition that they need to prosper. The fish produce waste which is sent from the tank to your plant beds which are specially designed to allow the water to flow through them, at the same time feeding the plants and cleaning the water before returning it to the fish tank.
Although the pH range for the plants is different, what is acceptable for the plants does fall inside the acceptable pH level range for the fish. In an aquaponics system there needs to be a compromise between the pH level for the fish and the plants. The lower end of the pH range for the plants is much more acidic than for the fish. Having the pH of the water reach the lower end of what is acceptable to the plants, should never happen, if you are monitoring the pH of the water with the fish in mind.
But today, I can say with pride that I am a somewhat successful gardener. I started out with only a small setup that only produced some tomatoes. Something akin to a trial run, I suppose. Now my whole back yard-a half acre- is nothing but a big greenhouse with all kinds of vegetables and catfish that reach a pound often enough to keep us in healthy food all year round. I hear people say that eating healthy is too expensive and it can be when you get all of your food at a grocery store.
In some cases, you may be limited to location selections for your aquaponic system. If so, you may need to provide some kind of auxiliary lighting system. Although some people spend a lot of money on expensive grow light systems, this is not required for good fish aquaponics. A set of fluorescent lights fashioned into a lighting system should do the job.
A major advantage to fish farming is how easy fish are to raise, compared to other animals. Even children commonly raise fish at home in a bowl or aquarium. Many people are discovering that fish farming is not much more difficult than simply scaling up what is done with a common home aquarium.
There is no other type of gardening that is easier, safer, and provides such great results. Everything you need is right at your hands and without a lot of effort. And the best part, there is not chemical additives to the plants.