A guide to homesteading Aquaponics details a system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.
Aquaponics expands on the idea of growing plants in water, but it adds an extra layer to ecosystem; live fish. The typical aquaponics system consists of two parts; plant bed and a fish holding tank. The plants are placed in growing box filled with a growing media and a specialized irrigation system. The water is pumped from the tank holding the fish directly to the irrigation system. The water is allowed to flow out of the plant bed back into the fish holding tank and the cycle repeats continuously.
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The highly nutrient rich water is the perfect way to grow plants either indoors or outdoors and also help conserve water. The plants will continue to thrive thanks to extra amount of nutrients being added to the water by the fish. It is very important that you select only high quality, organic fish food to ensure that the plants are getting only the right amount of nutrients.
Benefits of following the A guide to Aquaponics Article
● Article goes in depth in explaining the components that make up the Aquaponics system
● Includes numerous full color photos and color diagrams that helps to depict several part of the system
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants mostly in water with the absence of soil. The root system of the plants are in direct contact with the nutrient rich water. The water is recirculated which means less water is used in growing than traditional soil based gardening. Aquaponics is the next step in becoming self sufficient.
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