Aquaponics Herbs and Vegetables
January 22, 2007 9:23am CST
Aquaponics by definition is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. The beauty of aquaponics is that in the combining of the two they equal out the negative aspects in each of them. In other words, the sum of the two when combined is greater than the sum of the two individuals. Nutrient rich fish water is pumped from the fish tank into gravel beds, where plants growing in the gravel extract the nutrients from the water. The water then drains back into the fish tank cleaned of excess nutrients and freshly oxygenated. Imagine, your own permanent supply of fresh herbs, vegetables and fresh fish growing right on your back patio, enough to feed the whole family. With no chemicals and no wastes, using about one tenth of the water required for normal vegetable growing. This may all sound a little too good to be true and you might be wondering where's the catch, but there isn't one! For the past few years I've been experimenting, the more I'm convinced that it holds the answers to safe urban food production so many of us seek. As aquaponics is a fairly new concept in today’s society, and information is not so easy to come by, This is a safer way of feeding themselves and their families.
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30 Mar 11
I am going to try this method this year, I have seen it done with very good success, but only tied small scale attempts. I hope that this yea I will be able to produce enough to sell and to eat but I have to work out the logistics first and that is seeming to be the problem at this point. Thanks a lot for the info, great for people that are just entering into this way of gardening.