Aquaponics How To

aquaponic plants
Aquaponic Plants

Leafy crops such as lettuce, chives were first used for aquaponics,, more recently, great success has been had with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons, flowers and many other plants and crops. 

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Aquaponic Fish

Tilapia, crappie, brim, bass, carp, goldfish and koi can all be raised using aquaponics. Tilapia a fresh water fish, is most commonly raised in an aquaponics system because it is very hardy and is able tolerate a wide range of water quality conditions.

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Aquaponic Systems

Aquaponic systems can be constructed in a range of sizes that vary from hobby sizes that can fit on a desktop, to commercial aquaponics systems that can span several acres of land. They all work on the same basic principals.

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If your looking to understand what aquaponics is and why its making such big waves in the organic gardening community then you have come to the right place. So sit back maybe get a drink and get ready for a crash course on aquaponics. This website contains everything you need to know to get a basic understanding of aquaponics, how it works, and how you can make your own aquaponics system if you so chose. Basically when you combine the best of hydroponics with the best of aquaculture you get Aquaponics. Hydroponics and aquaculture both are very good systems in and of themselves but when you combine them, you get a simple organic gardening system that can be constructed anywhere and is almost 100% self-sustaining.

Aquaculture is just another name for fish farming. Many different types of fish that you would find in your local grocery store in the seafood section are raised on fish farms. Fish species such as salmon, perch, tilapia and even other aquatic animals such as shrimp and lobsters can be raised on a fish farm. Regular Fish farming has its own set of draw backs. The fish species that are being reared produce a lot of waste in the form of ammonia and nitrogen. On a regular fish farm large amounts of fresh water are needed or a semi complex filtration system can be used. These two thing are required to remove the large amounts of waste produced by the fish or they will die.

Hydroponics is a type of farming/gardening that does not use soil. Instead the plants being grown have their roots suspended in a nutrient rich solution that is constantly recirculated and replenished with fertilizer. This setup allows the plants to grow at a much faster rate than they could if they were being grown the traditional way, in soil. Hydroponics is more efficient than growing plants with soil. Less water is used, as there is not water loss due to soil absorption. Also the plants get more nutrients delivered to their roots because again there is no soil present to absorb it. A straight hydroponics setup is not without its own short comings. Artificial fertilizer is needed to keep the plants alive and growing. Over time this can be very expensive. Also the nutrient solution may need to be changed every so often due to contamination from the unused artificial fertilizer byproducts. This is a very labor intensive task.

If you remove the drawbacks from aquaculture and hydroponics and combine the two systems you get something new called aquaponics. The ammonia and nitrates produced by the fish in the aquaculture part of an aquaponics system is pumped to the hydroponic part of the system where it is absorbed by the plants after being acted upon by beneficial bacterial. As you can see, an aquaponics system takes the best of both aquaculture and hydroponics and turns their respective downfalls into a positive. The fish no longer need huge amounts of water or a filtration system as the plants consume their waste and clean their water. The plants no longer need artificial fertilizer as the fish produce almost all the nutrients that they need. With an aquaponics garden you get fish as well as plants to eat or sell. Depending on how you chose to setup your aquaponics system, you can grown up to ten times the plants in the same amount of space that a traditional garden or farm would take up.

Aquaponics is the best of both hydroponics and aquaculture. It is more efficient than traditional soil based farming and gardening. It can be setup to be completely automated. An aquaponics system uses less water than regular farming, and produces more plants per given area. The fish raised in an aquaponics system need less water and maintenance when compared to regular aquaculture or fish farming. If you would like to know more about aquaponics or even how to make your own system for hobby or profit then please take a look around our site. Also if you have any questions about aquaponics please don’t hesitate to ask. Please use our contact us page to ask your questions.