Aquaponics: Time Seed Planting

Planting seeds in your aquaponic garden is much easier than putting them in the ground. You just have to put them on a netting pot and … this is it! Then you just have to wait for them to start vegetating and grow. However, there is one little aspect you must know before placing the seeds and that is – the ideal moment when the seeds should be planted.

Adding the Fish

Many people purchase the fish, place them in the tank and in the same day they also place the seeds in the pots. This is by far the worst way of approaching aquaponics as the seeds, even though will grow and develop up to a certain point, they will die in a matter of days after they finish their own supplies if there are no nutrients in the water on which they can feed.

Placing the Seeds

The perfect moment to place the seeds in the pots is when the fish excrements have turned into nutrients. The process through which you can obtain nutrients for your plants is quite simple. After you place the fish into the tanks, they will start freeing excrements into the water. Because the excrements contain ammonia, they are highly toxic for the fish. However, do not worry about that, as this issue is solved by nature itself. There are bacteria which transform the ammonia into nitrites and then into nitrates. In order for your plants to grow you need nitrates, so once the process of decomposing and transforming ammonia is over, the water will be ready to support the plant seeds.

Duration of the Process

The entire process can take up to 3 months, time in which you should not place any type of seeds in the pots as they will certainly die. There are also ways to speed up the process by inserting nitrates into the water before the fish excrements can transform. However, many people do not like to interfere in nature’s way. However, no matter what way you choose, it is recommended to monitor the amount of ammonia, nitrites and nitrates from the water, so that you can always know the quality of your water for both your fish and your vegetables.

Planting the seeds at the right time is essential if you want good crops and healthy fish, so monitor the quality of your water permanently, before and after planting. It is the only way through which you can obtain good crops.

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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Hydroponics: Benefits and Challenges

Hydroponics is an innovative technique of cultivation. Hydroponic gardening has adapted itself quickly to many conditions. These conditions range from outdoor field culture and indoor greenhouses to highly specific culture in atomic submarines and space stations.

The improved control over the growing environment in hydroponic gardening provides the finest possible conditions for plant growth. This environment results in better quality crops and higher yields.

Though hydroponic gardening has numerous benefits, it has some prominent limitations too. If you’re a beginner in hydroponics, here’s the summary for you.

Benefits

  1. Environment Independent. Hydroponics is independent of varying weather conditions, seasons, soil type, etc. This is because plants are cultivated in soilless medium and completely controlled condition leading to maximum production.
  2. Continuous Cultivation of Variety Crops. With hydroponic gardening, it is possible to grow your desired crops continuously even though it is off-season. This will fetch you a good market price for your crops. You can grow a wide variety of crops in your hydroponic garden without the hassle of crop rotation.
  3. Bigger Size, Bigger Yields. Hydroponic gardening provides optimum nutrition to plants at every specific growth phase. The plants utilize energy to grow faster, healthier, and to produce more yields.
  4. Eco-friendly. Hydroponics helps in conserving water, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizer and pesticides used in farming methods. It produces highly nutritive, chemical-free, tastier fruits and vegetables.

Challenges

  1. Capital Intensive. Hydroponic gardening requires high initial capital investment for soilless cultivation and for buying equipment for controlling the plant’s environment. You might have to hire labor for setting up the hydroponics system if you’re doing it on a large scale.
  2. Supervision Skills. Hydroponic plants need continual monitoring of solution concentration, water levels, pH and EC levels, nutrition deficiency, aeration. Furthermore, the plants need maintenance of the required growing conditions inside your greenhouse or grow rooms. If you fail to check any of these factors, you would probably kill your sensitive plants.
  3. Highly Energy Dependent. This process requires higher energy inputs to run the pumps, light, fans and other equipment. If there’s an electrical or mechanical breakdown, the whole hydroponics system can stop functioning thereby drying your plants.
  4. Faster Disease Spread. Though hydroponic gardening is carried out in an almost pest-free environment; still if any disease occurs it spreads really fast. If unchecked instantaneously, due to the sharing of a common nutrient solution by all the plants.

Therefore, if you’re prepared to tackle all these limitations of hydroponic gardening, you would never have the fear of losing your hard grown crops.