We've gone over how an aquaponics system works before, but we thought we would take a closer look at them and examine the key differences between hydroponics and aquaponics, as well as how to make sure your aquaponic system thrives.
Aquaponics vs Hydroponics
The biggest difference between the two systems is the maintenance required. A hydroponic system requires constant monitoring and adjusting in order to make sure that the pH, salt, and nutrients are all at acceptable levels. An aquaponic system works by mimicking a natural ecosystem. The waste that the fish produce is consumed by bacteria in the water, which provide nutrients to the plants. The plants keep the water clean for the fish, and the cycle repeats itself. This means that you don't need to worry about adding nutrient solution to your system every week. As long as you keep the fish fed, the water levels topped off, and the plants in a well lit area, the rest will take care of itself. If you want more information then take a look at this article from The Aquaponics Source that provides extensive details on the different types of systems.
How To Get Started
One of the first things you need to determine is what kind of fish you want in your system. As a general rule, you want 1/4 pound of fish for every gallon of water. Our aquaponic system has a 20 gallon tank, so it can support up to five pounds of fish. If you do not have experience with raising fish, its recommended that you start with goldfish or feeder fish. If you are more experienced, then you may want to try tilapia or koi. Koi and tilapia are great choices, as they provide a great source a protein once they are fully grown. Plus you'll know that they will be free of hormones and antibiotics.
An aquaponic system is a great way to grow nutritious and organic food without a lot of the hassle of an outdoor garden. If you would like to know more about aquaponic systems then feel free to contact us, otherwise check out our store to see all the different types of gardening towers we have available!