It may be hard for you to make the change but even if you have little space or do not like to change up your routine you may want to rethink things. You can have a great garden and fresh fish at the same time using aquaponics. You just have to decide to make the change. It can help our environment and at the same time it will give you wonderful organic foods and fresh fish to enjoy.
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.
Aquaponics is energy efficient. Massive amounts of energy is required in faring to till the soil, add fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides. Plus the energy to produce these materials, which many are made from petroleum. With aquaponic supplies, there is no soil to till. The biggest energy user is the pumps to circulate and aerate the water. And these can be run off electricity, which is easy to supply with solar panels.
The choice of fish for your Aquaponic system is very important. If you plan to only feed your family, then the type of fish they like most would be preferable. The only factor you need to adjust is the fish to plant ratio so the correct amount of nutrients will be provided the plants. The plants will also have to be able to clean the water so the fish will have a suitable environment to live.
The scope of your project will determine the type of flow and filtration systems you will need. Other factors to consider are the room you dedicate to use for the aquaponics project and the amount of time you can dedicate for its maintenance.
A hydroponics system generally produces a higher yield aquaponic can be implemented where it is not possible to grow crops in the ground. However the cost of nutrients and fertilizer to support the growth of the crops in this system is high. This is because the production of the necessary nutrients and fertilizers requires a large amount of energy.
You can grow plenty of food in your backyard, garage, or even in your house. We are talking real food, not the packaged stuff you find in the stores. No chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, or genetically modified organisms. You can be independent from the market and food industry.
The water in the holding tank is really dirty -when this happens, you must take action immediately or else your fish will suffer from pollution. Clean the water as soon as you can. The most common cause of dirty water is giving too much fish feed, make sure you only give what the fish can consume. You may also check whether your filter is still working well and add an extra filter at least until the water is clean enough.