Aquaponics The Basics
Complete Guide To Aquaponics, not HydoPonics.
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==== ==== To MASTER HydroPonics Click The Links Below http://aquaponics123.blogspot.com/ ==== ==== Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soilless plant culture). In aquaponics, the nutrient-rich water that results from raising fish provides a source of natural fertilizer for the growing plants. As the plants consume the nutrients, they help to purify the water that the fish live in. A natural microbial process keeps both the fish and plants healthy. This creates a sustainable ecosystem where both plants and fish can thrive. Aquaponics is the ideal answer to a fish farmers problem of disposing of nutrient rich water and a hydroponic growers need for nutrient rich water. Have a question? Visit the Aquaponics FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page or visit Commercial Aquaponics for information on an aquaponics business. See all aquaponics info. Hydroponics alows plants to grow in water with out the need for soil. The solution is created by adding the elements a plants needs to water, which is fed directly to the plants roots. Some hydroponic systems the roots stay at a "growing state" that keeps the plant young and moist for growth. Hydroponics provides the plant with the ideal water and nutrient ratios and optimum conditions for growth. When the fish digest their food and excret to waste the water becomes VERY nutrient rich. The water is filtered to keep the water from building up of to muck waste. Aquaponics uses the plants to filter the waste water by sucking up the water that was filled with nutrients by the fish. This creates a mini ecosystem where both plants and fish can thrive. Aquaponics does provide fish farmers a great use for the millions of gallons of water the waste every year. Commercially, aquaponics is in its infancy but, as the technology develops and is refined, it has the potential to be a more efficient and space saving method of growing fish, vegetables and herbs. Hydoponic growers can reduce labor cost and fertilizer cost by using the waste water from comerical fish farmers. People are expressing a strong intrest in aquaponics because of its potential to speed-up food production. Although the practices of fish farming and soil less plant culture have been traced to ancient times, the combination of the two is quite new. We estimate the aquaponics research began in the 1970's. Universities WORLDWIDE are now researching aquaponics. At the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. James Rakocy and his associates have developed a commercially viable aquaponics system designed for use in the tropics where natural fish populations have been depleted and most agricultural products must be imported. As a hobby aquaponics is sure to catch on quickly. A home aquarium, with ornamental or food fish, can be combined with a mini garden, growing herbs, vegetables or flowers. A hobby system can serve as a beautiful show piece or a food production system, depending on the size. Many home gardeners are already growing fish and fresh vegetables a family needs. In educational applications, aquaponics is an excellent model of natures biological cycles. For educators, we have a comprehensive Aquaponics Curriculum Package, complete with an Educator's Guide, Student Manual, Transparencies, a CD-Rom and a subscription to the Aquaponics Journal. The Aquaponics Journal is a bimonthly publication covering aquaponics. Each issue offers interesting, informative features on commercial, hobby, research, and educational applications of aquaponics. ==== ==== To MASTER HydroPonics Click The Links Below http://aquaponics123.blogspot.com/ ==== ====