Aquaponics: Why It Works!
Want to broaden your gardening skills? Love fresh fish? How does raising your own organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and FISH sound? Here's some great reasons why you may want to start an aquaponic system at home. They can be as big as a swimming pool, or small enough to fit on your kitchen counter.
(system pictured is an Aqua Farm, by "Back To The Roots")

So what exactly is aquaponics? Well, aquaponics can be defined as: a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.

Some of the "perks" to practicing aquaculture? Natural fertilizers, no weeding or tiling or having to amend any soil, low energy consumption, and no pesticides or use of any chemicals. PLUS, aquaponic farming uses 1/10 of the water that traditional gardening uses.

Some of the more widely grown crops in aquaponic systems are: herbs, lettuces, leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, cucumbers, squash, melons and broccoli. Β 

Don't forget to choose your fish! Most aquaponic farmers raise things like tilapia, koi, goldfish, catfish, Peruvian pacu, oscars, perch, or freshwater prawns.Β 

Ready to learn more about Aquaponics? Visit Rob Bob over at "Bits Out the Back" on YouTube!Β 
Still interested in aquaponics but want to gradually ease into it?
We suggest tryingΒ hydroponics!
Β (aquaponics without the fish)

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