Hydroponic Grow Systems

hydroponic grow system

Hydroponic gardening offers a wide array of benefits. By choosing to garden without soil, your plants can grow faster. Plus, it can save you both space and water. Understanding the various hydroponic grow systems with their different techniques will allow you to choose the option that works best for you.

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Aquaponics Education

Floating aquaponics

An aquaponics system does not require a large sum of money. This basically means that you have got next to nothing to lose. This article will provide basic aquaponics education about what you need for starting your own aquaponic garden.

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Aquaponics Benefits Compared to Hydroponics

Hydroponic gardens are already highly popular among people of all ages. They require little space, are easy to take care of and give satisfactory results. However, because you will need to supply the water with necessary nutrients, which are most of the times chemical, the taste of the crops is not quite the ones people expect. Also, people trying to switch to organic products have a hard time in coping with the chemical additions from the hydroponically-grown vegetables. Fortunately, a new type of gardening is available. It is called the aquaponic system and can help you grow organic food in your home.

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Aquaponic Garden Placement

If you have decided to set up an aquaponic system to grow vegetables and fish for you and your family, there are some things which you should know. The types of fish, the seeds which can be propagated and the details about the appropriate water conditions are the basic parameters you have to consider before venturing in this activity. Once you know all this, you can start putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. However, another question arises: where should you place your aquaponic mini-garden?

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DIY Backyard Aquaponics

Are you wondering how you can create your own DIY backyard aquaponics setup? Are you interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables? You know you can produce ten times the plants in half amount the time it would typically take. All this in a “garden” that never needs weeding, has no soil pests, and requires no fertilizer or compost!

A Short History of Aquaponics

Historians believe the Aztecs grew crops on elevated beds in shallow lakes. They would then dredge the surrounding canals and use the collected natural bio-waste to irrigate their crops. These historians also think that South China and Thailand experimented with aquaponics. These civilizations raised fish in their rice paddies hundreds of years ago.

And this is the secret of aquaponics; the system uses the natural creation of biological waste from fish and their environment to fertilize plants. This method is 100% organic and contributes to healthier and more robust plants. Aquaponics can create harvests ten times greater than an ordinary soil garden.

Why Backyard Aquaponics Works.

We can adapt the same principles used by the Aztecs so long ago to our own backyard gardens. This means we can share in the abundant 100% organic harvests produced by aquaponic gardens.

We do have to make some minor modifications to our normal soil backyard garden to implement aquaponics.

How Backyard Aquaponics Works.

First, we remove soil from the equation. Along with the soil, we remove many soil-borne pests, thus eliminating toxic pesticides).

Next, we create a simple hydroponic system with elevated beds or tables like the Aztecs did, to contain our garden. You grow the plants in a medium that is common to hydroponics but different than soil. This medium includes zero nutrients on its own.

By introducing fish to our setup, we create a symbiotic relationship between the plants and the fish. Therefore, this produces a nearly self-sustaining environment.

Basically, what we do is this:

  • Use a tank or small man-made pond to contain the fish.
  • Use the water from the fish tank to irrigate the plant tables periodically.

The plants filter out and use the nutrients in the water that are produced by the fish. The water now cleansed of the bio-waste nutrients. While good for the plants, high doses of these nutrients are harmful to the fish. We then return the clean water to the fish tank.

That’s It.

Now we have a simple cyclical organic system which we can use to efficiently grow plants, fruits, and vegetables. This can produce 10x the normal soil garden harvest, in our very own backyard aquaponics garden.

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