What Is Aquaponics? The Basics So You Understand Aquaponics
Aquaponics is an amalgamation of two food producing methods.
The first is hydroponics which most people are aware of. It is a way to cultivate plants without the need of soil. You use water with the addition of minerals rich solutions to make your plants grow.
The other is aquaculture where you rear fish and mollusks in a environment that is under human control. Aquaponics brings these two methods together creating what we call the “aquaponics cycle” see the graphic below:
Aquaponics is the pairing of intensive aquaculture and hydroponics to create a highly efficient food producing system.
Aquaponics – You Are In Control Of Life
If you get into aquaponics you are in charge of feeding your fish, then bacteria in the water will turn fish waste into food for the plants in your system. You control the cycle of life.
The reason people are now turning to aquaponics is that first off it is…..fun!
There are more important reasons however to why there is a quiet but mass revolution happening in suburbia. It is because people are concerned about the food they are feeding their family.
Food is getting more expensive everyday
People are becoming concerned about food miles
News stories about people getting sick (or dying) from eating contaminated food
Fresh produce doesn’t seem to have flavour (…it’s down to intensive farming method)
People want to be able to feed their family fresh food preferably grown organically (but that costs).
When you go to your local supermarket you don’t know how old that “fresh produce” is and where it has come from. Plus the price seems to keep going up right? The lower the price the bigger the compromise on quality.
That is why many people are now looking to produce their own food at home. That is where aquaponics comes in. You can produce food easily, in limited space and without blowing your budget. Did you know that………
Aquaponics uses 1/10th the water of traditional farming methods
Compared to conventional gardening methods aquaponics uses 30% of the energy
If you switch to aquaponics you could produce up to 8-10 times the food in your garden than compared to conventional methods.
Plus aquaponics is 40% less labor intensive
The by-products of aquaponics can be used to farm other crops, trees, replenish soil and create energy.
Aquaponics – A History
The use of integrated vegetable growing and fish farming poly-culture systems have long been used in Far Eastern countries such as Thailand and China. Farm waste is commonly added as feed for fish. Plus fish are often cultured in flooded rice paddies.
There is evidence to suggest that the Aztec were the first to use aquaponics whilst others argue that the Ancient Egyptians were the first people to create aquaculture/hydroponic systems. Either way they have been around for a long time.
Does Aquaponics Sound Good To You?
Do you like to idea of being able to feed your family healthy fresh produce from food grown in your backyard? It can be easily done. Even if you don’t have your own garden then you can have your own aquaponics system inside your house.
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