How to Build Your Own Aquaponics system
Setting up an aquaponics system at home is not as difficult as it may seem. When setting up an aquaponics system it is important to understand the process and what the components are.
To set up an aquaponics system, one needs a water container, a biological filter (a sponge, a sand or gravel filter), a pump for water flow, some PVC pipes to connect all the components together, and some fish.
There are many benefits of having your own aquaponics system at home. It's cheaper than getting your produce from a grocery store; it's healthier than pesticide-filled vegetables from the store; you can grow your own herbs in one pot with your greens.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a method of growing fish and vegetables together. The two main necessities for this system to work are water and sunlight.
Aquaponics is not only a sustainable way to grow food but also an environmentally friendly way. It does not use any pesticides or chemical fertilizers, so it is good for the environment in that way as well.
The fish feed off the nutrients in the water which are created by the plants. The plants in turn consume carbon dioxide and excrete oxygen, while also absorbing excess nitrates.
What are its benefits?
The main advantage of aquaponics is that it can produce food year-round. This is because it’s not confined to a single season like for example outdoor farming. In terms of nutrition, aquaponic food has fewer nitrates than most vegetables grown outside. This means the produce will be healthier for you and better tasting too!
The best fish for aquaponics
Tilapia or a species of carp that is hardy enough to survive in freshwater environments are best suited for your aquaponics.