Sunday, April 8, 2012

DIY Aquaponics

DIY Aquaponics is a sustainable, healthy, organic (this is really up to you) food production system……that combines aquaculture with hydroponics in a system where the plants filter the water of nutrients which sustain the plants and promote a healthy habitat for the fish.

 This system will easily provide you with home grown organic food year around.

diy aquaponics

All you have to do is feed the fish and monitor the ph levels in the water.

How Does DIY Aquaponics Work?

The fish you keep in your system eat and use the bathroom, which would typically contaminate the water and provide them with a deteriorated habitat.

However once you introduce plants into the system they will filter the water of the fish waste because it gives them the nourishment they need to grow.

Kind of graphic I know but that is exactly how it happens. The plants and the fish both enjoy a healthy environment because of each other.
  • The system is self cleaning which means you don’t have to provide much maintenance.
  • The startup costs are not to much and the required electricity to maintain an existing system in very small, keeping expenses very low.
  • There are absolutely no weeds because you do not use soil.
  • The technical knowledge needed to get started is very low, making it easy to get started.
  • It is pretty easy to expand your operation if you’d like to use it to make a little extra money or even turn it into a full time business.
  • The area needed to get started is very small. You could set up your system in as little as a 6’ x 6’ space.
Your Plants Will Grow Faster And Healthier Than On A Typical Farm
Because of the better conditions of a DIY Aquaponics system leading to fewer diseases, your plants getting a constant supply of completely organic fertilizer (from the fish waste) and the lack of nutrient eating weeds, your plants will grow faster than on an average farm.
Fish that do well in DIY Aquaponics systems are:
  • Tilapia
  • Rainbow trout
  • Crappies
  • Channel Catfish
While you should feel free to choose whatever fish you’d like to raise, we recommend Tilapia because they are grow very fast are a hardy breed of fish and they are quick to breed as well.

It is important to note that Tilapia will need warm water, so if you are not in a naturally warm climate year around you will need to purchase a water heater. Although they don’t add a lot of electricity expense, it is an added cost when your starting up.

So in conclusion, Aquaponics with an easy, inexpensive, healthy way to grow your own vegetables and you can eat the fish as well.

Aquaponics Plans, What You Get from David Hawke on Vimeo.

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