Pros & Cons of Aquaponic Systems

Aquaponics is similar to vermicomposting in that they are both systems used to fertilize and grow plants, only aquaponics uses fish and vermicomposting uses worms! Aquaponics is a relatively new method that cultivates fish and plants by allowing them to work together, not against each other. It’s a brilliant approach to food production, one that deserves a little attention. We’d like to dive into aquaponics and explain to you vermicomposters the ins and outs of this interesting approach. We’d also like to talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of using aquaponics for gardening. Aquaponics As was mentioned earlier, aquaponics uses fish in its system to create nutrient-rich waste water that is pumped from a fish tank or IBC to a planter containing plants! Basically, you feed the fish, the fish feed the plants and the plants clean up the water for the fish! It’s one continuous cycle of greatness! Equipment You’ll Need There are some special types of equipment you’ll need if you’re interested in getting into aquaponics. You’ll need a planting bed that will hold 8-10″ of water with enough room for plants to be planted on the surface. As the roots grow, they’ll dangle freely in the water, having access to all the water they could possibly want. Of course, some plants do better without soil than others. You’ll also need a tank for fish! Most people use goldfish or talapia. This tank is where you will feed the fish. When the fish excrete waste, it …

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