Aquaponics is a sustainable food production method, that combines aquaculture (growing fish for food) with hydroponic (growing plants in water). Plants grow faster, healthier, and with a delicious richness in taste. On the other hand, you're also maintaining a nice supply of edible fish, such as Tilapia.
I've been reading about it for almost a week now, and I think I'm ready to start my home aquaponics project.
The diagram shows a simple indoors setup that we can build from available material. Once this proof-of-concept pilot succeeds, I can take it outdoors and scale its growth to accommodate more plants and fish. A couple of points to pay attention to:
- It takes a few weeks for the system to kick-in.. Bacteria will need time to grow and populate the plants' grow bed.
- Oxygen is important for the fish, plants, and bacteria. So, make sure it's available.
- Since this is an indoors setup, grow lights are important for your plants.
- If you're using edible fish, such as Tilapia, make sure you read about their reproduction requirements and caring best practices.