While you are out being busy, the fish will be releasing fish wastes into the water. These wastes are full of the substances that plants need. Bacteria that exist naturally in the water convert these wastes into forms that the plants can absorb from the water as nutrients. With a constant supply of these rich nutrients and all the water they can use, plants grow beautifully. While all this is going on, the plants and the bacteria are constantly at work keeping the water clean for the fish.
Why is this "new" system so great? It works because the combination of both systems actually balances each other and makes a perfect eco system. With hydroponics, you can grow a multitude of fruits and vegetables like lettuce, potatoes, carrots or tomato's. With aquaculture, you can raise, Koi, White Bass, Catfish Bass, escargot, or crappies.
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Now the new farming technique of aquaponics is that the waste produced from both hydroponic and aquaculture is actually meeting each other's food requirement and resulting in the growth of both. So in simple words the waste produced by fish allows different types of vegetables and fruit to grow, and the same way the waste produced by those vegetables and fruits are used to feed the fish to grow or reproduce.
It is very important that you provide plenty of oxygenation for the water. Oxygen is just as important to your fish as it is to you. Without oxygen your fish will die and if levels are too low they will not thrive an can become sick. The healthier the fish are, the better the whole system will work. You can not oxygenate the water too much. It is far better to give the fish more oxygen than they need than not enough.
Productivity - the results obtained with Aquaponics are far more beneficial compared to the plants grown in normal soil. In the end, the production of fish is healthier, more natural, saves more energy and time (this system requires only 15 minutes per day for maintenance). Think about the hard work that is done every single day. For a small piece of land, you have to work for planting, fertilizing, watering and weeding (this has to be done daily). This is a truly demanding job that cannot be performed by everyone.
Breeding and selling fish can make a profit, or at least cover the cost of fish food and the whole system. You can grow tilapia, catfish, bass, trout or other food fish, aquarium fish, koi and other ornamental fish. A lot of people have fish ponds in their yards or fish in their homes. With aquaponics, you can put the fish to work for you growing fresh organic food.
build aquaponics system is a great way to give children hands on experience that will teach them about where their food comes from. It will give them sense of responsibility from a daily task in feeding the fish and checking to make sure the system is running properly. They will learn about how things grow and will be rewarded with tasty food. It can help children to appreciate vegetables when they grow them their selves.
Aquaponics takes some of the principals of aquaponics and blends it with hydroponics. This allows you to grow both fish and plants, while utilizing the same space and resources. This creates a system that is much more efficient than growing either plants or fish on their own. In this system there really are no waste products, everything is utilized. You can grow crops with only around 2% of the water as traditional farming and in a fraction of the space.
Both hydroponics and aquaculture have been used for years. Only until recently, that these two unique systems have been merged and are working better than originally anticipated. The system is being used both commercially and privately (by people like you and me).