Basic Aquaponics Systems
If you are the type of grower who’s constantly searching for something that is informative, then you should read this article about “aquaponics”. Aquaponics is essentially a type of hydroponics and it acts as a great controlling measure to protect the environment from the harmful effects of a few substances which pollute the environment. It’s principally a perfect combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.
Ideally, aquaponics consists of two main things – fish culture and hydroponics, i.e. planting without soil in water as a medium. These two aspects of aquaponics complement each other to work efficiently. If planned properly with good equipment and proper knowledge then aquaponics can surely give you good yield. As this method is on similar principles as hydroponics, you do not use soil.
Here are a few simple steps to set a basic aquaponics system:
- Basic tools: Gather all the basic things needed to construct your aquaponics system. You require filter, tank, gravel, pump, water and plants.
- Tank: If you know how to set up a simple aquarium then half of your work is done, because aquaponics is similar to setting up an aquarium. Fix the filter with the tank and connect with the tube. Your level of water will depend on the size of the fish; that should be 1 gallon of water per inch of fish.
- Grow beds: To allow easy drainage of water, ensure that you create small holes at the bottom of the grow bed and a hole at the back to insert the tube. Now slowly add gravels. But, it’s very important to wash all the tools properly before use.
- Pump: Immerse a submersible pump into the tank and then connect the tubes – one tube that takes water from the tank to the grow beds and the other vice versa.
- Water: Fill the tank with water and switch on the pump to see if water is pushed into the grow beds. To get enough oxygen ensure that the air pump releases bubbles. Let the tank clear all the chlorine and then add fish into your tank. It’s advisable to check the pH perfect level regularly for the survival of fish and plants.
- Growing plants: Mostly the system takes four weeks to create a good growing environment for the plants.
The fish waste serves as food for plants while plants generate oxygen for the fish to survive and breathe. With this symbiotic process you can create a healthy growing atmosphere for fishes as well as the plants!