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How Aquaponics Works

As you know, aquaponics combines farming plants and fish symbiotically. Before you can understand how aquaponics works, it’s important to realize why it’s so essential. By combining aquaculture and hydroponics, it removes a lot of (if not all) the issues with the two separate methods.

One of the major issues with aquaculture is that when cultivating fish or other sea animals, large amounts of effluents (wastewater) is produced since it is a closed system. This matter is dangerous and toxic for the fish to live in. The result is polluted water and fish that isn’t safe to eat. So as a result you have to constantly change out the water every day which means wasted water. The water you’re disposing of might be harmful to the fish but it is beneficial for other purposes as you’ll find out.

The issue with hydroponics is that it requires costly nutrients in order to feed the plants. The money spent to feed the plants often makes is difficult for the average person to sustain it over an extended period of time. There are some DIY hydroponic nutrient recipes, but it can be time consuming to create. Also, you have to flush out your system periodically. It can be difficult to find methods to constantly dispose of all this wastewater.

Aquaponics introduces a solution to these issues, while providing an entirely new way to cultivate aquatic animals and plants at the same time.

Through aquaponics, the wastewater and effluents are utilized to provide nutrients to the plants used in the process. In laments terms, the fish fertilize the plants. This enables the aquaponic system to remain a closed system without the need to constantly change out the water and also allows it to operate with minimal amounts of water.

 

9 Responses to How Aquaponics Works

  • Considering getting one of these. But I question how will it work in NE cold winters. I assume to have one of these indoors to survive winter months. To me it would seem if you grow indoors you would need grow lights.. if a crises situation arises they will be no electricity to run grow lights to keep this going. how is this situation handled?

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    • Place it in the area of light from a window. Also you will need a Water pump, heater and possibly an air pump. If you focus on one type of SHTF situation you will never be prepared for any of the others.

      The fish will provide your initial food source as will the plants in the grow bed. And that doesn't even include the water the fish were in. You filter and boil that before consumption. You will be further ahead than most at that time.

      Optimism is a survival necessity.

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  • I'm ijn colorado and am wondering the same thing...or if the cold is insulated, how do you keep the fish water warm enough and also clean enough?

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    • Hey guys,
      Temperature is extremely important for any aquaponics system. In fact, temperature is one of the main factors to consider when choosing fish. Some fish simply cannot thrive in cold water and need warm water. If you live in a cool environment and want to have warm water fish, you’ll need to get some type of water heater or something to control the temperature of your water.It’s much easier to just get fish that are native to the overall temperature of where you live.

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    • I live in CO as well and I run AP in my basement. I started with a 55 Gallon barrel upstairs. If you run it indoors that will help you with the water temps. You should get a water heater they are inexpensive. You pump the fish waste to your grow bed and the media, worms and plants will filter the water. It is the returned to you tank in good useable condition for the fish.

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  • how do you do it i cant find it

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  • As An Obama-Skeptical and Proud New York Conservative
    I See it my Duty To Suggest That Small Fish such as Goldfish
    be Used to Provide More Per-Capita Manure For Fertilizing One's garden.
    Going Without meat Increases The Aquaponic yield and Has Been scientifically proven To Increase The Food Supply. It Takes approximately
    1,000,000 X less water to grow a single Tomato plant Than To Produce 1 Steak.
    Take Heed For The Time Is At Hand!

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    • Goldfish breed and what do you do with the overload? Goldfish=more manure manure comes from what fish food...

      I respect your statement but you eat the overpopulation.

      Proper population = occasional meat to go with your vegies.

      In general AP is 90% more water efficient than a soil garden. (It only needs 10% of the water that a soil garden requires).

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    • I AM SOOOO GLAD, ECTATIC, TO HEAR THERE ARE SOME YANKEES THAT HAVE SOME SENSE. IF IT WOULD JUST WASH ALL OVER WASHINGTON........

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