Aquaponics Basics for a Home Garden System


Are you looking for a quick and relatively easy way to grow plants in your garden? Aquaponics is a revolutionary and alternative way of growing food that maintains both plants and fish in one integrated system — and with no need for soil.

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The fish produce waste, which is converted into fertilizer for the plants. In return, the plants filter the water for the fish, creating a self-sustaining way of both growing plants and keeping fish.

There are many benefits to using aquaponics to enhance your organic gardening, with several that outweigh traditional hydroponics. Aquaponics uses one-tenth the water that soil-based gardening does, and even less water than hydroponic systems.

It is a completely natural ecosystem, it drastically reduces the amount of time you need to spend gardening, and you’ll be able to spend more time doing the more enjoyable things (such as feeding the fish and harvesting the plants).

An aquaponics system can be placed anywhere, and they can be any size — from small tabletop herb systems to large backyard systems.

1/12/2021 3:02:54 PM

Robert, I've been toying with the idea of putting fish in my 450 rain water catch tank that I water my garden beds with. It's an above the ground cattle tank with a cover on it to keep the algae from growing. I have a small pond pump to aerate the water to keep mosquitoes from breeding. My only concern with this is the temperature of the water when the summer days get near 100 degrees. I suspect the water might be a bit too warm for fish. My thought for fish would be just fish caught from the near by lake. I'm not sure it would work but someday I'll give it a try and see. ***** Thank you for sharing your expertise on aquaponics. ***** Nebraska Dave

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