Basic Info on Aquaponics

Basic Info on Aquaponics

Getting started in aquaponics?  Read on!

What is it?  An aquaponic system combines aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants grown in water) in a closed, recirculating system.  The advantages of an aquaponic system vs. traditional growing methods include reduced water usage, eliminated need for chemical fertilizers & pesticides, minimal land footprint, and plants grow faster and have higher yields.

What is in the system? A basic aquaponic system consists of a fish tank with fish, a grow bed with plants (using either grow media or float rafts), a water pump, a bell siphon with gravel guard (to regulate the flooding and draining of the grow bed) and PVC piping setups.

How does it work?  The fish are fed a quality fish food, then excrete ammonia.  The pump circulates the water to the grow bed where beneficial bacteria eventually convert the ammonia to nitrate, which is a natural fertilizer that is excellent for green, leafy plants.  The water, now cleaned of the ammonia, returns to the fish tank to continue the cycle.

Interested in learning more?  Visit our store and see the various display systems we have on hand.  We'd love to answer any questions and get you started on your journey to growing your own fresh, organic food!

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