The Aquaponics System–Build It Yourself
It’s a fact that an aquaponics system can be built and installed without too much trouble.
You don’t have to be a craftsman to build and aquaponics system. Most of the time a minimal amount of equipment is needed and if you have a detailed plan to go by most people should be able to put a system together with little problem.
The term aquaponics is a combination of the words hydroponic and aquaculture resulting in a more sustainable derivative agricultural sytem. The system is set up so that all functions within the system itself are symbiotic and self-replicating in all phases.
The objective is to grow organic vegetables in a seed bed or a series of seed beds which is watered and nourished by a corresponding fish tank connected to the vegetable area.
Aquaponics allows for a symbiotic relationship to provide a continuous food supply.
The fish tank can hold a reasonable number of fish. As the fish give off waste, that water is cycled into the bed of vegetables, then recycled back into the fish tank as clean water. A simple explanation of such a setup would be that an electric pump would transfer water that is rich in effluent water from the fish through a filter of solids which removes the particles that the plants cannot absorb. The plants are nourished by the water, and then the water is cleaned and returned to the fish tank below the plant beds. The process then repeats itself.
Green leafed vegetables grow well in this type of system. The best types are cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, okra, bell peppers and cantaloupe. Other vegetables that can be grown are onions, turnips parsnips, strawberries, beans, radishes and peas.
An illustration of the three main parts of such a system are water, feed given to the fish to eat, and electricity between the subsystems of the hydroponics system and the aquaculture system. The output of food both from the aquaponics (fish) and the hydroponics (plants) systems can yield plants to eat and food from the fish on a continuous basis.
An aquaponics system usually discharges no water; instead water is circulated between the two systems so that the water is reused very efficiently. A small amount may be lost to evaporation but is quite insignificant. An aquaponics system will normally use only 2% of the water normally required for a farm to grow the same types of vegetables.
Usually fish that are grown in the system include Tilapia, Yellow Perch, Trout, and sometimes even catfish because they are easily raised and good to eat. They are also very easy to prepare for meals. They have a very tender and easily digestible meat.
Building a solid aquaponics system requires some good plans.
The concept sounds very reasonable, however care must be taken to be sure it is understood what will be required of the person or persons overseeing the components of the operation. If the system is put together properly and all of the systems are well understood, it is feasible that such a system will work well in any setting without a lot of time required.
Before attempting to build any type of an aquaponics system, the person should study plans, get advice, and think the process through before building. Conceptually the project does not seem too difficult, but every care should be taken to be sure the systems are working properly. Having this type of system will greatly contribute as an extra source of food.
How To Get Started?
Setting up your own Aquaponics System can be fairly simple and easy by following a simple step by step guide. Follow the links below where we here at AquaponicsSurvivor.com have written reviews for several programs that have been designed specifically for people who want to learn more about Aquaponics and set up their own systems.
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