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April 17


A Good Aquaponics Design

By Healthnut Bill

April 17, 2013

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The right aquaponics design provides healthy organic foods.


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Organic Fruit and Vegetable Medley

  A good aquaponics design should be a logical and adaptable system that will work at supplying food on a  continuous basis. A well-designed system will produce vegetables and fish year round.

Aquaponics is the combination and synthesis of two types of growing mechanisms. Hydroponics is the growing of plants in a medium void of soil and Aquaculture involves growing fish or other aquatic types of livestock. In combining the two we get an aquaponics design, that grows plants and fish within the same system with each nourishing the other.

This entire system works well because the fish give off their waste which nourishes and fertilizes the plants which in turn clean the water for the fish.

Setting up your aquaponics system takes a little planning.  This video highlights one of the systems we have done reviews on.  Below this article you will find links to each of the reviews and we are confident you can find a system that will fit your needs the best.

The first thing that needs to be considered is the decision of where to locate the aquaponics farm. The temperature of the room should be moderate, within the ranges of 60 to 75 degrees. There should be enough light for the plants to grow with no wind or extreme weather conditions. The water should be oxygenized each day to make sure the fish have enough oxygen and are healthy.

The best kinds of fish are usually Tilapia and Yellow Perch. The bins for the plants should be at waist level for easy reach with the fish tank below. Plants that have been found to grow the best are the leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, and chard. Other plants that will do well are tomatoes, cantaloupe, and beans.

A proper aquaponics design is an ideal way to provide food for your family on a year-round basis. It is easy to plant the seeds and take care of your fish but you have to know what you are doing. There can be a bit of a learning curve in knowing exactly how to set up and build your area. There is a trick to keeping everything in balance. The oxygen content and the nitrogen content of the system are critical and must be kept in balance or soon you will have no fish and no vegetables.


Your aquaponics garden will take a little while to start producing.

The process of getting things set up can take as long as three months to get enough plants growing to work with the fish in starting the symbiotic process. The amount of ammonia, nitrates and nitrites in the water is critical in keeping the process going in a healthy way. The planting of the seeds at the right time is also important and will need to be monitored.  

The actual aquaponics design of the containers for the plants and for the fish tank can be as varied as the stars in the sky, as long as the overall plan is adhered to. The fish and the plants each need what the other has and the system must be constantly providing these items on a continuous basis.

Creating a good design that produces good tasting fish all the time and grows a lush well-managed garden continuously, is something we all should strive for and all can learn to do.


How to get started building your own aquaponics system.

The easiest and fastest way to set up your own Aquaponic System is to follow a simple step by step guide. Here at we reviewed several programs that have been designed specifically for people who want to learn more about Aquaponics and set up their own systems.

Learn more here by watching my video reviews:

#1 Rated Option:   Aquaponics 4 You
#2 Rated Option:   easy! DIY Aquaponics
#3 Rated Option:   The Ultimate Guide to Home Aquaponics System

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