Fishing for Answers: What is Aquaponics?

The term “aquaponics” is a combination of aquaculture, the fish and other water creature farming; and hydroponics, which is the cultivation of plants in fertilised water. Therefore, it is a system aimed at farming fish and plants in a mutually beneficial environment. Fish produce wastes, which turn into ammonia and nitrates, and these work well as plant fertilisers. As the plants absorb all these nutrients, they purify the water, which is beneficial for the fish.

aquaponicsFor this reason, aquaponics is gaining commercial traction as a solution to many food related problems. In fact, companies, such as Aquaponicals, offer a range of aquaponics designs for anyone who wants to get started with this system. There’s no need for pesticides, fungicides, fertilisers, GMO seeds or organisms, and other potentially harmful substances.

Here are some other benefits of aquaponics:

• Aquaponics is a clean method for growing your own food without getting your hands and knees dirty.
• It makes growing your own organic vegetables possible minus the physical hard work and time-consuming nature of traditional gardening.
• An aquaponics system is easy to assemble. In case you need to move to a new home, you can simply dismantle the system and take it with you. Relocation doesn’t mean leaving behind your carefully tended mini vegetable garden.
• As an aquaponics garden operates as a closed system, you will save on water usage. You don’t have to regularly water this type or garden unlike a conventional one.
• You get twice the benefit of growing your own vegetables and organic fish for food. Using the same space and the same amount of effort, you get double the output.
• Compared to a regular garden, an aquaponics “garden” don’t require as much tending for the plants and the maintenance of the system.
• You don’t need to own a large yard to accommodate a personal vegetable garden. When you buy an aquaponics system, you can grow more food even in limited or smaller spaces.
• As the fish are responsible for the plants’ fertilisers, you don’t have to use toxic chemical fertilisers at home. You’re sure of the quality of your food —both clean and nutritious.