Is growing aquaponic vegetables in your future? There are several factors to take into account when deciding whether or not to set up an aquaponics garden at home. First, obviously, is space. It can easily be accomplished within less space than you might imagine. Second is the time that will have to be devoted to the upkeep of such a system. Auaponics ia not a 'set it and forget it' proposition. There are maintenance issues that you will have to be sure that you, or someone who lives with you, will have the time for. The third thing to consider is whether you think that you will be able to see the whole thing through to fruition and not get frustrated and decide that this just isn't for you.
Today more than ever people fear the looming food crisis and the continual increase of food costs. Drought, transportation disruptions, fuel shortages, lack of refrigeration plus many other issues have been making aquaponics into a real business. Aquaponics provides organic, locally grown food on a year-round basis and you may not even be aware of it.
Any container can be used for the fish. Some people start with very small buckets to move on to full sized tanks. The stock density of the fish is the factor that will determine the number of grow beds.
Aquaponics is a way of growing both fish and vegetables together with very little effort on your part. Once set up, this is a system where the fish and the plants will mostly take care of each other. Your job will be to feed the fish, plant the plants, and check on the system every once in a while. And if feeding the fish is too much, automatic feeders are wonderful things.
When you set up a new aquaponics diy garden, you will have to wait a while before you plant your first seeds. It takes time for the ammonia from the fish wastes to be turned into nitrates by bacteria. This can initially take up to three months for the ammonia levels to build up and for bacteria colonies to build up. Without sufficient nitrogen, the plants will not grow well and may even quickly die.
A fish tank, how big the tank is depends on how big your room is and how much space you have allocated to your set up. The important thing is that you do not add any fish to the tank until it has been up and running for at least three weeks to allow the natural bacteria to grow.
The great thing about aquaponics is that there are no chemicals needed because your fish provide all the nutrients that your plants need. However from time to time you may have to add some natural growth food if you do not have enough fish.