An aquaponics system is a great way to raise plants and even fish at the same time. Lots of commercial organic farmers and home gardening enthusiasts are looking for tips on DIY aquaponics. This method is based on hydroponics (growing plants in a soil-less growing medium) but it also incorporates the use of fish in the system. The fish help to purify the nutrient solution that the plants grow in and they also help to keep algae under control. Besides, you’ll always have a fine catch of fish in addition to a crop of fruits or vegetables from your garden.
Keep the following tips in mind when you plan your DIY Aquaponics garden:
– Start with a small garden so that your initial mistakes can be kept very minor. This will enable you to decide which hydroponics system works best for you. Once you become comfortable with it you could always scale up the size of your garden.
– Select the best possible fish for your DIY Aquaponics garden. Make sure that you buy them from a good source and that they are absolutely healthy. You’ll find that most problems in the system occur if the fish are not healthy.
– Do not buy a DIY Aquaponics kit that requires a huge initial expense. This will bring down the profitability (and fun!) of your gardening exercise. Lots of people make their gardens out of easily available materials, most of which don’t even need to be bought from a store. Of course, once you’ve gained familiarity with the system you could always buy expensive materials.
– Be sure to use food grade plastic containers to store your fish in. Many plastics contain harmful chemicals that leach into the liquid over time. If you are planning to grow organic produce then you have to avoid this at all cost. These chemicals can also cause the fish to die.
An aquaponics garden is a great way to earn money from your garden because the quality and quantity of the produce is very good when compared to conventional farming. It is cheaper to run in comparison to a hydroponics garden since you won’t need to buy large quantities of expensive fertilizer. The fish will produce plenty of droppings that will nourish the solution in which the plants grow. Also, this style of agriculture is surprisingly easy to manage once you have installed it properly.