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How Home Aquaponics Can Deliver A Never-Ending Supply Of Food

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Do you love growing your own food? Maybe you have a garden and some livestock like chickens, but you want to create more sustainable food systems for you and your family.

Consider aquaponics, which has been around for years, dating all the way back to primitive systems in early civilizations in Asia and South America.

While the idea has been around for centuries, aquaponics in the modern context has gained popularity over the past decade. This system might be one of the most effective food production systems you can create.

What Aquaponics Is and How It Works

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, rearing fish, and hydroponics — growing plants without soil. Both practices complement each other perfectly, making aquaponics one of the most self-sufficient food systems you could create.

The main issue aquaculturists come across is getting rid of the fish’s waste in an efficient manner. In order to do this, a portion of the water from the fish needs to be taken out on a daily basis. Naturally, this ends up being quite time-consuming – not to mention figuring out where to dump all that waste water.

Similarly, those with hydroponic systems often spend a large amount of money on feeding their plants since, of course, the water alone doesn’t contain enough food/nutrients for vegetables and fruits to grow. Also, hydroponics systems need to be flushed periodically, leaving people with this system in the same predicament as aquaculturists.

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While hydroponics and aquaculture are both excellent ways to grow produce or fish, aquaponics solves the disadvantages of both while simultaneously providing both foods. You really can’t beat that.

Some other advantages of using aquaponics:

Making Aquaponics Work on a Small-Scale

If you’ve already looked into aquaponics and were put off by images of giant systems, don’t fret. Aquaponics is completely doable on a small scale.

There is some argument about how efficient small-scale aquaponics is. The general consensus is the larger the system, the more efficient; however, a small aquaponics system is still more efficient than traditional soil gardening or aquaculture. In short, small-scale systems do work, but try to make a system as large you can so you can reap the most benefits.

What You Can Grow in Small-Scale Aquaponics

Image source: Aquaponichowto.com [3]

Image source: Aquaponichowto.com

There are a few different species of fish that work perfectly for aquaponics:

Species that work well but can’t be eaten:

As for what plants you can grow, it’s really limitless. A few of the easiest plants to grow for beginners include the following:

There is seriously an endless list of what you can grow in an aquaponics set up. The only group which don’t thrive or are difficult to grow are root vegetables. Here is an awesome thread [4] on a reputable aquaponics forum of proven produce grown on this system.

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There are many different set-ups you can use for aquaponics that all work effectively. Click the following links to get an idea of what you could make.

A small-scale aquaponics system is a wonderful, rewarding way of growing more of your own food.

Have you considered aquaponics or even already have a system for your home? Please share your thoughts and links to help educate others in the comment section below: 

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