If you are one of those people constantly searching for techniques of producing your food and may already have your own little organic garden or a coop of chickens, and make your own jelly and bread. Or maybe you are new to these issues, but you're determined to start the route to self-adequacy. Then, aquaponics is for you.
Aquaponics is a system for growing organic vegetables and fruits like melons and strawberries, and at the same time raise fresh water fish – and / or other marine creatures – with minimum care, minimum investment and great results. It sounds fantastic, do not you think?
When you install in your backyard an aquaponics system, you're recreating the Mother Nature. The same process you see in a pond with great goldfish and aquatic plants in a lot of parks, could be implemented in your own garden but with edible creatures and edible and delicious plants, filling your diet with good protein and a bunch of vitamins and minerals . And everything is completely free of toxic chemicals, certified by you.
The highlight here is that the aquaponics systems do not use soil to grow vegetables. While the water of the fish tank is circulated inside the grow beds, the roots of the vegetables take all the nutrients they need, result of the decomposition of fish waste, and at the same time by the effect of photosynthesis in the leaves, the roots oxygenate the water that returns to the fish tank.
Bacteria, our protagonists, do all the work, making the tank water, a precious soup. Some systems also include red worms between the media in the grow beds, this little worms break down the solid waste and their vermicompost, a very valuable fertilizer, nourishes the plants.
Aquaponics also encourages creativity and resourcefulness on all levels. It gives everyone the freedom to innovate and improve existing schemas. The materials to use, how to place the elements, the crops to grow, the aquatic species to raise, make the aquaponics project planning a fun task to perform. Moreover, once the system is working the maintenance could be very easy-going as only a few variables have to be monitored.
The more you work on your aquaponics system, the more you will learn from it. In a few weeks' time, you will master the whole system and you will begin to troubleshoot on your own.
And you do not have to spend a lot of cash having specially crafted tanks delivered to your home. If you can find a large tub that can has no cracks and can handle at least two thousand liters of water, you can start your aquaponics project at home. Some people even use large metal plastic barrels and other large containers to house their fish.
Believe me, nothing is more rewarding than seeing aquatic life and plants thriving in an aquaponic system in your own backyard, with full knowledge that it is the result of your determination to provide your family with the best food you can find.