Submitted by Dave Hodges on Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 03:07.
You might have heard of hydroponics, which is a method of growing food without soil. You might have also heard of aquaculture, which is simply fish farming. Aquaponics combines these two ideas to create a sustainable and efficient system for growing plants. Both ideas work in unison with each other in a mutual relationship. The fish provide waste material that can act as a plant fertilizer, while the plants keep the water clean. The water can then cycle back and forth between the fish and the plants with little intervention. Here’s what you need to grow your own aquaponics system. (h/t to ThePrepperJournal.com) A aquaponics system is mostly self-sustaining. This means that once you’ve set up the system, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is keeping the fish fed. Most basic aquaponics systems are often built vertically, with the plants growing on top of the fish tank. Sometimes, the system is set up with the fish tank and the plants growing beds side by side. What is important is there should be a gap between the two components that will allow you access to the fish at all times. (Related: Aquaponics: Is this promising, sustainable farming method the urbanized future of agriculture?)