One of the challenges of going organic is getting a good supply of organic fertilizer that is both practical and affordable. Making it yourself through composting can be a solution, but that can be a labor intensive hassle and it has its limitations. Buying manure is, well it's manure, and not the most pleasant thing to deal with.
external frameIt is important to use clean gravel for the bottom of your fish tank. Gravel is important as it helps to trap much of the solid waste particles from the fish. This way, the waste can properly decompose to become effective plant fertilizer. If not, it may be sucked into the plumbing system, and this may cause problems.
Aquaponics is a system that bypasses all of that and just focuses on growing plants. It does this by giving plants exactly what they need. It does this my putting fish to work for you. Yes, fish become the farmers and they will work for nothing but clean water and fish food.
A great bonus with aquaponics diy is the production of fish. With many concerns about the quality of imported farmed fish and depleting natural fish, the fresh clean fish from these systems in some cases be even more valuable than the plants they grow. This more than pays for the cost of fish feed while creating free fertilizer for the plant crops.
Vegetables are essential for a good nutrition, yet you can not always find fresh, organic veggies in the market. With commercial aquaponics aquaponic garden in your house you will have fish and veggies for your family without depending on the market. Also, you will save some money without investing too much of your precious time.
As an example… imagine you had a 2' x 3' garden filled with a couple plants. An aquaponics system can easily grow 10x as many plants as a normal soil garden can and because it fixes the watery taste problem of hydroponics whatever you grow tastes great!
The great thing about this form of gardening is the sheer amount of extra crops that you can grow in the same space of a normal garden. Let's say you have a square metre of soil, normally this would let you grow 10 cabbages. With an aquaponics system you can grow lots more because the plants are in grow beds which are stacked up on top of each other.
Water is life and indeed it is life for the plants in the aquaponic system. Without the right pH for the water, the fishes may die as well as the plants. Will you let your dreams of having aquaponics commercial die too? If not, then check the pH of the water. As advised, you may have to use 6.7 to 6.9 pH of water.
Purchasing books and browse the Internet on keeping your aquaponics garden healthy is crucial to keep your system successful. The use of additives may sometimes be necessary if your plants look like they are suffering from a deficiency. In a newer system, it may be required to add calcium, iron, or potassium (or a combination of the three) to get your aquaponics system started healthily.
Aquaponics is a fun way to garden organically. You will have a positive environmental impact in a short amount of time. What a great way to grow your own food at your own home!