An Introduction to Aquaponics

Growing your own food can be an amazing way to bring back flavored that does not exist with mass farmed produce. Home gardens can be fun, satisfying and even profitable. Traditional gardening in soil can be a bit frustrating and require a bit of land. Aquaponics gardening does not need as much space and can produce vegetables in less time than with traditional methods.

There are many advantages to growing with aquaponics systems over traditional methods. These include quicker grow times, more full-bodied produce, and you have a supply of fresh fish. Another great advantage is the reduction of water that is needed. Your aquaponics garden is a symbiotic environment. Your fish produces an ammonia and nitrates rich waste that is pumped into your aquaponics garden. The plants in this garden purify the water which is then pumped back into the fish tanks.

Your garden will never need fertilizer, as your fish naturally produces the proper nutrients for the garden. With this type of growing, you will never need to worry about weeds. As soil is not the medium, you can have your garden in a much smaller area. Year-round growing is also possible if your build your aquaponics inside a greenhouse.

The two common types of aquaponics systems are media filled beds and deep water culture. Media filled beds are the most common aquaponics systems. This type of system usually has either expanded clay beds or gravel for growing your plants and fish tanks in an adjacent area. The waste water from the fish tanks is pumped into the media filled beds to feed the plants. Once the plants have filtered out the ammonia and nitrates, the water is pumped back into the fish tanks.

The other type of system is usually used by commercial growers. The deep water culture utilizes a system of rafts with holes drilled into them. The rafts can just sit on top of the fish tank. However, it is more common to keep the fish in a separate tank as the roots can prevent the proper amount of oxygen from getting to the fish. There are plenty of diy aquaponics instructions available online for you to read.