Wilpet Koi Products designed a fully functional DIY Aquaponic system for the serious farmer as well as the every day person out there that wants to start growing their own vegetables as well as raise their own eating fish.
Benefits of aquaponics:
1) Aquaponics is a way to grow your own fish and vegetables at the same time. You feed the fish and the fish will feed your plants through their waste output. 2) There is no need to use fertilizers because the fish provide rich nutrients for the plants. 3) In aquaponics, less water is used for the crops. Research has shown that aquaponic gardens use 1/10th of the water you would use for soil garden. 4) Regular gardening pesticides or other chemicals can’t be used because they would harm the fish. 5) This results in healthier and organic vegetables. 6) You won’t experience any soil borne diseases in aquaponics because there is no soil. 7) You can grow plants in very small space, and have a great harvest. 8) Plants grow fast because they get very nutritious substances from the fish waste. 9) Plants and fish production can be done in a controlled temperature environment. 10) Water is used in a closed system and circulated effectively, reducing the consumption and the water bills.
Tips on an aquaponic garden set up:
1) You can make your own aquaponics system and here is a simple and complete guide you can use to make one. Start small see if it’s good for you then feel free to go bigger. 2) Have set a different power source as a backup. It’s vital to keep the water flowing and the oxygen pumps on. 3) Make sure you feed the fish enough and let them thrive. Depletion of fish stock makes this type of cultivation impossible. 4) Keep food input constant for the fish and that will result in regular fish waste you can use to feed your plants. 5) Ensure your plants and fish with good aeration. Not only the plants need their roots to be oxygenated, but also, the fish and the bacteria need the water to be oxygenated. As the fish grow bigger, their oxygen needs increases and you might need to adjust accordingly. 6) When you decide what plants you want to grow, pick the ones that have similar water condition needs as the fish, and you will have greater success. 7) Remove some excess fish waste when necessary. Too much can harm the health of the fish. 8) Keep an eye on the level of pH because as shown above, it is crucial for the garden. 9) Fish tanks should be made of glass or food grade plastic. 10) Avoid using any pesticide other than organic, or any other substances that can and will harm the fish or the good bacteria (vinegar, citric and/or hydrochloric acid).
Keeping this in mind, we wish you have a great grow!