Five Tips for Aquaponic Gardening

Setting up an aquaponic system, although quite an easy task, requires some basic knowledge of aquaponics. If you have decided to install such a system in your house, then you probably know what this is and how it could help you. However, there may still be things which can interest or help you. Below you will find 5 essential things which you should know in order to obtain spectacular results.

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Beginner Hydroponics Tips

hydroponics

Aquaponics is a specific form of hydroponics. Hydroponic grow systems can be very tricky if you are new.  Even some advanced gardeners will have problems now and then.  Trying to replicate an outdoor environment for your plants to thrive in hydroponic grow systems is not difficult if you do it right from the very beginning. Read More

Bass for Aquaponics

largemouth bass

Bass are a great choice for your aquaponics system. Bass are a very hardy fish, tolerant of low water temperatures and are also nice to eat! They are omnivores and will eat worms, insects, larvae as well as high protein pellets.

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How to Set Up a Hospital Fish Tank (Quarantine)

fish tank

WHAT IS A HOSPITAL TANK?

I don’t like the word quarantine. For this reason I am going to refer to the tank used to treat sick fish away from your main system as a hospital tank.  It is important to have a hospital tank to use in tandem with your aquaponics system.

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Introduction to Aquaponics

The combination of aquaculture and hydroponics results in fish water being passed through the plant bedding material. This makes aquaponics a ‘closed system’ and one where water will not be wasted.

In traditional aquaculture and hydroponics systems water is constantly replaced.  This practice is ultimately unsustainable.  In a world of growing water shortages, water wastage is a major environmental and social issue that needs immediate critical attention.

Aquaponics has been around for a long, long time.  The ancient Aztecs had agricultural islands which were known as ‘chinampas’. On these islands plants were raised on stationary (and sometimes movable) islands in lake shallows. Waste materials dredged from the Chinampa canals and surrounding cities were used to manually irrigate the plants.

In South China and Thailand, rice was (and still is) cultivated and farmed in paddy fields in combination with fish. This ‘polycultural’ type of farming is about using multiple crops in the same space, much in the same way as a natural ecosystem. These types of ecosystem farming practices existed in many Asian countries and used fish such as the oriental loach, swamp eel, common and crucian carp, as well as pond snails in the paddies.

The rice farmers in Southern China still use these kinds of eco-friendly systems to grow rice and fish today. According to research from Zhejiang University in China, the rice fish system requires 68% less pesticide use and 24% less chemical fertilizer than the regular monoculture rice system.