Aquaponics is a new way of approaching farming. There are a lot of advantages of aquaponic growing. Unlike traditional agriculture where you grow vegetables in soil, with aquaponics you grow fish in water and then use the water to grow healthy organic vegetables to enjoy at your table each and every day. Basically, aquaponics relies on the interdependence between fish and plants: the fish produces bio-nutrients for the plants, while the plants clean the water, creating a mini ecosystem where they both flourish. It is a blend of aquaculture and hydroponics that has plenty of advantages. If you need some reasons to get your own aquaponic system started, then here are some of the advantages you will get once you assemble it.
First of all you will have the freshest organic food on your table each and every day, regardless of when you decide to cook your meals. You simply take your tomato, cucumber of your basil from your own aquaponic “field” and use it for your meals. It is as easy as it sounds.
The second best thing about it is that you not only grow vegetables, but you also have plenty of fish. Whether you want them for cooking tasty meals or simply for your décor, they are a great addition in your home! They also have a practical purpose, as you will never have to use chemical fertilizers on your plants, thus obtaining real organic food.
If you ask how difficult to put this system in practice, the answer is extremely simple. Not only will you be able to assemble it all by yourself, without the help of your family or neighbors, but you can also put it wherever you want. If you move from one house to another, then you simply disassemble the system and take it with you! What can be easier than that?
Hydroponic gardens have been used for decades. They require little space, but need a lot of monitoring and testing to supply the plants with the balance of nutrients needed. Done properly they give satisfactory results. However, because you will need to supply the water with the necessary nutrients that plants require witha chemical concoction, the taste of the crops are not quite what people expect. Also, many people are trying to switch to organic products for the health and taste benefits that are lacking in hydroponic and conventionally grown food. Fortunately with the aquaponic system you can grow tasty nutritious organic food in your home.
The aquaponic system is a mixture between the aquaculture, as it requires growing fish in a special fish tank and hydroponics, as it involves growing plants with water and nutrients. You will probably wonder what role the fish play in all this business. Well, things are quite easy: the fish excrements contain ammonia which is later decomposed by friendly bacteria into nitrites and and then into nitrates. The latter substance is the one that is so beneficial for the plants. This provides the nutrients they need to grow and develop to their best potential. Because of the fertilizer from the fish there will be no need to supply your plants with any chemical substances as they will already have all the food they need.
This leads to the several advantages that the aquaponic system has over other less natural growing method. First, the vegetables will have a better taste as they are being grown only with natural food and at their own peace. This will give them that delicious taste you love so much in veggies. This system is simple, as you will no longer need to be adding nutrients or soil amendments to your soil. Feed your fish every day and they take care of feeding your plants. Just make sure that your fish are in good shape and then let nature take its course. Also this method uses 90% less water because it almost all gets continuously recycled instead of disappearing down thru the subsoil.
Last, but not least, with the aquaponic system you do not only grow vegetables, but you also have fish which you can use for decorative purposes or you can very well cook delicious meals for you and your family.
Aquaponics is an improved way of growing food that is rapidly becoming more popular worldwide. What more can you wish for?