I have been reading about Aquaponics for a little over 2 years now and I am almost ready to get started. Below is an excerpt from the Backyard Aquaponics website.
“Aquaponics is essentially the combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics. Both aquaculture and hydroponics have some down sides, hydroponics requires expensive nutrients to feed the plants, and also requires periodic flushing of the systems which can lead to waste disposal issues. Re-circulating aquaculture needs to have excess nutrients removed from the system, normally this means that a percentage of the water is removed, generally on a daily basis.
This nutrient rich water then needs to be disposed of and replaced with clean fresh water. While re-circulating aquaculture and hydroponics are both very efficient methods of producing fish and vegetables, when we look at combining the two, these negative aspects are turned into positives. The positive aspects of both aquaculture and hydroponics are retained and the negative aspects no longer exist. Aquaponics can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it, the simple system pictured above is made from one IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container). The top was cut off and turned upside down to become a growbed for the plants. Water is pumped up from the fish tank into the growbed. The water trickles down through the media, past the roots of the plants before draining back into the fish tank. ”
Read more about this technology at http://www.backyardaquaponics.com.
You can also download and pass along this free PDF IBCofAquaponics which is also available on the Backyard Aquaponics website. They also have a magazine available for sale which is a downloadable PDF. I would recommend this magazine. I have been reading it for about a year now and I can’t get enough. I’ve been reluctant to get started but I think the time is right to jump right in.
Now, to find some barrels or containers to get started…….