You probably would be interested in knowing what all is involved in an aquaponics system, before buying the necessary materials to set up one in your own house. It is best to do some research on aquaponics systems and see how these systems can satisfy various human needs.
Acquaponics combines two farming approaches, aquaculture and hydroponics. It has been gaining wide popularity in the past few years because it is a totally new technique and eliminates all the troubles associated with older farming practices. With this system, both gardening and fish farming becomes cleaner and easier to maintain.
Balanced ecosystem in your backyard!
In order to ensure that your aquaponics system thrives, you will have to maintain its balance. In order to achieve that, you must ensure the presence of fish, bacteria and plants, as otherwise the system won’t be self sustainable.
When fish is raised in a tank, you would have to feed them daily, and lots of waste produce is generated by them on daily basis. Aside from that, any leftovers of fish feed will add to the dirt already present in water. This water can turn toxic with time, which is not good for the health of fish living in it. But this doesn’t happen because there is a growth of naturally occurring bacteria called nitrobactor that breaks down the waste products (ammonia, etc) from the fish. Aside from that, all dirt and waste particles present in the water is converted into certain byproducts that are easily absorbable by plants as nutrition.
When this water is pumped to garden beds, the plants there soak all the nutrition. While moving through plants, this water is aerated, filtered, and is oxygenated, and then goes back again into the fish tank. This cycle is repeated again and again.
Once aquaponics system is in place, this process is repeated every few hours and biological filters operates on 24/7 basis. Therefore, you won’t have to filter or drain out fish water to maintain its quality, as it is now automatically accomplished by plants. You can also enjoy cleanest and freshest harvest of organic vegetables and you won’t have to worry about watering or fertilizing them at all. Aquaponics systems also eliminate all soil related diseases and you can grow your vegetables without any pesticides.
Aside from the vegetables, you get continuous supply of fresh fish as and when you need to cook them. Aquaponics systems are easy to put together and maintain. There is no dirty hands, no tilling, no gophers or no pesticides. You just work closely with nature to get high quality food with minimal expenses.
Aquaponics systems also save you good money because one you set up system, it won’t cost you a dime to operate it. You also save money on the cost of product, and time that you’d have to spend in market for buying them. The only expense for you is the cost of fish feed, but considering the price of fish on the market, you can easily cover the cost.
Aquaponics systems are more versatile and cost effective than traditional gardening. You can grow much more without any need for soil. This is best option for city dwellers as they can move this garden with variety of plants still thriving in it.