Hi welcome to my blog about aquaponics. I'm a huge fan of growing your own food which is why I started this blog. To help others learn the ins and outs of growing food at home using auqaponics.
I thought a good idea for my first post would be to do a quick overview of exactly what auqaponics is, for those who still need to learn about this amazing technology. So before we get into some more advanced methods and topics let's go over a few basics...
- You can read the Wikipedia Entry on Aquaqponics
Aquaponics is the creation of a complete cycle of symbiotic relationships where the fish help plants as well as the plants help fish. Aquaponics uses no substances, needs one tenth of the water necessary for field plant generation and just a fraction of the water that is used for fish culture. (Aquaculture)
It is Truly Remarkable
This is truly a remarkable system, because it works so nicely. Plants clean up the water the fish live in, making a mutual beneficial environment for both. The only external input to the program is food for the fish. The crops grow in a Grow Bed.
The fish water is pumped to the Grow Beds, and is evenly distributed by a straightforward system of conduits. The plants are fed by the fish water, plants such as tomato's, zucchini, green-lettuce and other vegetables that are green and leafy, then it will filter into the grow media that is topped up with gravel and or round rocks from the river, finally returning by gravitational pulll to the fishtank via the pump.
So an Aquaponics system consists of a tank containing the fish of choice, and a set of Grow Beds for vegetable production.
Fish & Plants Grow Together
In Australia we are blessed with a wide selection of Native Fish Species (some listed above) that are totally eating as well. splendid suitable for Aquaponics and are.
What is amazing in Aquaponics, once your system is fully initialised, the water does a great job of maintaining a proper ph balance and staying nice and crystal clear for a long time.
The water is basically recycled, with a modest quantity of water added weekly to pay for what is lost by evaporation, and transpiration by the veggies. Therefore, with aquaponics you will use just about 10% of the required water that is needed for conventional gardening or the farming of fish.
Without a doubt, aquaponics beats them all and is a truly balanced, and highly self contained system that works!! No substance are added what so ever. It's totally organic. In reality, compounds can't be sprayed or added to the vegetable part of the method, because if that occurs, the fish will expire. Garden pests are kept to the absolute minimum by housing the method in a green house and ultimately a natural equilibrium is reached.
Earthworms will also be raised in order to give the fish some food and the earthworm compost is used in different parts of your garden and maybe planter boxes from your garden. Excess vegetables and waste will be fed to the worm farm.
After getting time to study this new technology, you may discover a question on lots of people's minds is "what is aquaponics?"
For Best Results Choose Aquaponics
Aquaponics creates a biological ecosystem that organic produce grow exceptionally well in, while simultaneously purifying the water the fish live in.
There are many ways of recycling the water through this technique, and among the most used methods is called the "alimentary film" technique. Because the nutrients in the fish waste water create a thin layer around the beds that's consumed and utilized by the vegetables as food it's called this. As these nutrients are consumed by the plants, the water is recycled and cleaned for the fish.
Aquaponics was developed to grow pesticidefree organic vegetables and fish that are free from contaminants and dangerous amounts of compounds that are unfortunately found in many shut freshwater systems. The prevalence of this process of horticulture is simple to comprehend, since it's affordable to create, and will need essentially no care once the quantity of fish and vegetation is carefully balanced.