uponics.comAn aquaponics system is a great way to raise plants and even fish at the same time. Lots of commercial organic farmers and home gardening enthusiasts are looking for tips on DIY aquaponics. This method is based on hydroponics (growing plants in a soil-less growing medium) but it also incorporates the use of fish in the system. The fish help to purify the nutrient solution that the plants grow in and they also help to keep algae under control. Besides, you'll always have a fine catch of fish in addition to a crop of fruits or vegetables from your garden.
This is such a large subject, but I'm not going to get into all the details in this article. But people are increasingly turning to aquaponics and hydroponics at home to grow their own plants. And that's what Aquaponics 4 You can do for you. This program gives you step-by-step instructions of how to build your own aquaponics system.
Floating boards are added to the top of the fish tank. Holes are drilled in them, allowing for the placement of the plant pots. The roots of the plants are then directly submerged into the water. Deep water culture aquaponics designs are most common for commercial uses.
Many people purchase the fish, place them in the tank and in the same day they also place the seeds in the pots. This is by far the worst way of approaching aquaponic source as the seeds, even though will grow and develop up to a certain point, they will die in a matter of days after they finish their own supplies if there are no nutrients in the water on which they can feed.
When planning an aquaponic growing bed, the depth of the growing media should be twelve inches. This will provide enough depth to support most plant life and to encourage an excellent bacteria development. A twelve inch depth also should never need cleaning if a good healthy eco-system is established, it should be able to take care of itself.
Aquaponics is simple and a more practical way of farming for most people. With typical farming, you would need a large tract of fertile land. But with aquaponics, there is no soil required and you can grow a lot in a very small space. You also eliminate the labor and cost involved with tilling the soil, fertilizing and working the land.
(Image: http://www.imageafter.com/image.php?image=b11nature_characters_humanoids004.jpg&dl=1)Marketing - after establishing the needs of your family in terms of organic fish and vegetables, the next normal step would be to market your products and start a small business. In case you did not know, the organic food is quite expensive because the offer available nowadays does not meet the buyer's needs.
Aquaponics creates a biological system that allows you to recycle water between a fish tank and a grow bed. The fish keep the water stocked with organic nutrients, and the plants keep the water clean for the fish. In this kind of system, plant are delivered exactly what they need directly to their roots. They can grow faster and will produce many times more vegetables in the same amount of space. And since it is a system that mostly takes care of itself, there is much less labor involved.