Aquaponics is a fairly new form of farming which has arisen through a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaculture being the rearing of fish in an artificial environment such as tanks or man-made lakes or dams purely for consumption. Hydroponics, of course, is the growing of plants in a soil-free environment where the nutrients are usually fed to the plant through the roots via a nutrient-rich solution and can be grown either indoors or out. Hydroponics can be used to grow vegetables or flowers. Aquaponics uses the principle of feeding the fish, which in turn through their waste products feed the vegetables which make them grow resulting in both fresh fish and vegetables for your table.
Why Home Aquaponics?
There are numerous reasons why aquaponics makes so much sense today. With the prices of meat, groceries and petrol all going up it just seems like we would all want to grow our own food organically right at home happy in the knowledge of what has gone into it. But is it all too hard?
Most of the components required for home aquaponics are very easy to get. Poly tanks, piping, and pumps can all be sourced quite easily from hardware stores. Vegetable seedlings are available at all nurseries and fingerlings ( baby fish ) can be sourced from specialty fish outlets specifically for use in aquaponics. All that is required now is a little area at home, some water, and the right guide book or education which you can find a link to at the end of this article to get you started.
The Benefits of Home Aquaponics
Firstly there is the satisfaction that you have grown your own fish and vegetables at home. You know exactly what went into them so you can be sure they are fresh and organic.
The benefit of aquaponics versus hydroponics is that because hydroponic plants are fed a nutrient solution, the end product can taste a little chemically. With aquaponics, the vegetables are fed on the organic fish waste so it is all natural and really tastes it.
It really is an easy system of farming to maintain Keep the water right and the fish healthy and fed and the rest should just look after itself.
Besides the obvious benefits of aquaponics being fish and vegetables, as it is still a fairly new style of farming, there could also be a lot of upside in the business sense. Depending on the scale to which you want to take your aquaponics, you may create a market to sell your aquaponics fish and vegetables to. Along with that, you may develop the skills to promote, supply and install home aquaponics systems to others in your area. Once systems are installed no doubt there is a need for further education to newer users of home aquaponics so you could tutor in the subject. Who knows, you may even be trusted with the upkeep of others already established home aquaponics systems.
So whatever your reason for getting interested in home aquaponics, healthy food for you and others, educating others on an environmentally sound method of farming or setting up your very own thriving home aquaponics business, it certainly makes sense.
Benefits Of DIY Aquaponics
Aquaponics is an efficient and fun way for anybody to start growing plants and keeping pet fish. Now you might be wondering what the connection between plants and fish is. Well, basically fish waste or excrement provides plants with everything they need to grow. Aquaponics is a type of Hydroponics which is basically plants growing directly from water instead of being planted in the ground. The water that the plants are grown in is full with all the nutrients that they need to grow effectively.
The nutrients within that water come from fish. If you have ever owned fish before you will know how dirty their water becomes after a week or so if there is no pump. Now fish do not like swimming in their own waste and with a DIY aquaponics system, you can solve both problems. An aquaponics system will pump the dirty fish water which is full of nutrients up to the plants. Then the plant’s roots will cleanse the water before it is returned to the fish tank.
So you will have a lot of happy fish and your plants will grow much faster. It’s a no brainer really. And DIY aquaponics systems are not that hard to make. But you must make sure you do it correctly otherwise the time and cost of maintaining the system will not be right. DIY aquaponics systems that are made correctly take next to no time to maintain and cost very little energy to run.
So now I would like to just point out all the benefits of DIY aquaponics then I will point you in the right direction to get started. The main benefit to having a DIY aquaponics system is that you will be able to grow a lot of plants in a small area. If you grow your own food like tomatoes for example then you will be able to grow a load of very tasty tomatoes in a smaller area than you are most likely using now. That leads on to another benefit that I wanted to mention, and that is the taste of any vegetables that you grow from aquaponics. I can assure you that organic food grown from aquaponics tastes much better than veggies that you grow in soil or get from a store.
So we know that some of the benefits of DIY aquaponics are faster-growing plants and tasty organic food, but what else is there?
The aquaponics system circulates cleaning itself as it goes which means very little cleaning and maintenance is required.
It costs very little to get into and the energy required to run an aquaponics system is very little so you will have small gardening expenses.
No soil means no weeding. Once again you will not have to waste time and energy weeding.
No need to water your plants or clean out your fish tanks. The aquaponics system takes care of this so you do not have to.
It’s very easy to get into and get started with creating a DIY aquaponics system. Very little technical knowledge is needed.
Aquaponics is a joyful and great way to grow your plants or organic foods. You will also have the pleasure of knowing that you have some very happy fish.