Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Starting an Aquaponics System

If you are considering setting up an aquaponics system, you are probably aware of some of the benefits this kind of system has to offer. There are many questions people often have about how the system works. Here are some of the basics about what aquaponics system is and how it works.

Aquaponics System: A Better System

Aquaponics system takes some of the principals of aquaculture and blends it with hydroponics. This allows you to grow both fish and plants, while utilizing the same space and resources. This creates a system that is much more efficient than growing either plants or fish on their own. In this system there really are no waste products, everything is utilized. You can grow crops with only around 2% of the water as traditional farming and in a fraction of the space.

Fish are a key component to this system. They are the ones that go to work and provide all the nutrients for your plants. Healthy fish will result in healthy plants. The right temperature, PH, and plenty of oxygen will be needed to keep the fish in good condition. This is generally easy to accomplish. These water conditions are also important for the bacteria in the system. These play an important role in cleaning up fish wastes and turning them into usable plant nutrients.If the fish are healthy and well fed, growing plants shouldn't be a problem. The fish water will supply them with all the nutrients and water they need to grow. Just keep an eye on the leaves and look for any signs of nutrient deficiencies. In some cases you may have to add some supplemental nutrients to the system. But for the most part that is usually not necessary.

Importance of Beds in Aquaponics System

One of the great advantages of this way of growing, is you can position the grow beds at a comfortable level for you. This means no more bending over and working on the ground. When building your aquaponics system, choose a height for the grow bed that is going to be the most comfortable to work with. This is a system where you are in control. Unlike the gardening in the ground where you are fighting against nature.

Aquaponics does take some effort. But when you consider that you are eliminating all the soil preparation, constant watering, weeding, baiting slugs and snails and fighting all the other garden pests, this form of gardening is a walk in the park compared to growing plants in the ground. Plus you get fresh quality fish out of the deal!


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