What is aquaponics all about!
Aquaponics is a great sustainable way to produce fresh vegetables and fruits and, at the same time, sustain a freshwater fish system. Aquaponics eliminates a lot of the common disadvantages of more traditional vegetable gardens while improving upon existing closed freshwater fish systems. Its a technique, you could say that hits two birds with one stone: your fish will thrive in the closed freshwater system and produce the nutrients needed by plants.
Plants, benefit from the waste products produced by the fish and feed on the nutritious soup within the system which in turn filter and clean the water. Many aquaponic enthusiasts throughout the world have already experienced great success creating sustainable aquaponics systems that regularly produce organic vegetables and tasty, clean fish.
Aquaponics is defined as a hybrid of two existing methods: aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaculture is a process of raising fish in closed systems. Hydroponics, endeavour’s to produce fresh fruits and vegetables using water alone — with no soil to speak of. When the two systems, are combined you get aquaponics.
Why would anyone be interested in aquaponics ?
1. You do not require a lot of space to get started in aquaponics.
2. It enables you to harvest both fish and vegetables (or fruits, if you prefer).
3. You do not have to be Albert Einstein or have a degree in science because, it is relatively easy to set up your own aquaponic system.
4. Setting up and maintaining an aquaponic system is not very expensive.
5. Aquaponic systems are expandable which allow you to increase your yield/harvest.
6. Their are many aquaponic practitioners around the world. This will allow you to reach out through forums and learn from them.
All aquaponic systems can be scaled up or down, depending on your personal production needs. Small systems can produce around fifty kilograms of fresh fish like tilapia every six months… and in addition to this around a one hundred kilogram vegetable yield!
If you are thinking of starting a business selling organic vegetables, fruits, and fish, then this system will allow you to expand your operation to produce a higher target harvest. Yes, you will need more space and a more powerful water pumping system, but these are just one-time requirements of the system.
Once the expanded system in place, that’s it – you won’t have any more problems. Your job at that point will be to simply maintain the system so that all your plants and fish grow well.
You are never too old or too inexperienced to get started in aquaponics. If you have the passion to get things done and a desire to be self-sufficient then aquaponics is definitely right for you!