What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a method of farming that combines aquaculture (the cultivation of fish) with hydroponics (the cultivation of plants in water). In an aquaponic system, fish are raised in tanks or ponds, and the nutrient-rich water from the fish tanks is circulated through a system of pipes and filters to fertilize plants grown hydroponically. The plants then purify the water, which is returned to the fish tanks, completing a sustainable and symbiotic cycle. This method of farming can be used to grow a wide range of plants, including vegetables, herbs, and fruits, and can be done on a small or large scale. Aquaponics is considered an environmentally friendly and efficient way of producing food, as it uses less water and fertilizer than traditional farming methods, and eliminates the need for harmful pesticides and herbicides.
Where to start?
There are a number of different ways that you can set up your home scale aquaponics unit. There is no real right way, however there are a few things to consider to avoid some of the wrong ways. Your choice of system should best suit your needs and resources.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced aquaponic gardener, there is a system that will meet your needs and help you to successfully grow fresh and healthy food in an urban environment.
Take a look at our punch list of items that will get you started with your own system.
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