Interesting in Fresh Organic vegetables, fruits and healthy fishes at your house?
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Why is aquaponics a great and easy solution for a healthier and natural life?
- Aquaponics system give you the opportunity to consume fresh and organic fishes and vegetables
- Your system can give you up to 50 kg of fishes and hundreds of kg of vegetables in 6 months time!
- It is an easy job to build up your own aquaponics system
- Your system does not need big space for its establishment
- Aquaponics system is a real money saver in both its building and its maintenance i.e. you will need to spend only the 1/10 of water comparing with the classic farming
- You can find aquaponic systems enthusiasts around your own area and around the world. They will be a great help for you when you will decide to take your first steps
- Αquaponics systems are easy expandable systems. You can adjust them any time you feel like it for example you can add to them more elements to succeed bigger harvest
Aquaponics systems the IdeaThe Idea of aquaponics systems came from combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponic Systems. It came as the best solve for the negative sides for both Hydroponics and Aquaculture:
Aquaculture negativesAquaculture re-circulating process is about getting the excess nutrients out of the system, this is happening daily in general, by getting percentage of the water out. Then we have water rich in nutrients that need to be disposed and clean fresh water has to replace it.
Hydroponics negativesTo feed the plants the hydroponic system needs all the time expensive nutrients and also on a regular basis a waste disposal issue appears by flushing the systems.
The negative aspects do not exist any more!Aquaponic Systems came as the magical solve for the down sides of both aquaculture and hydroponics in the best way, thinking about re-circulating both systems together we will find that the negative aspects of aquaculture “getting the excess nutrients out of the system” is the best solve for the negative aspect of hydroponics “the hydroponic system is in need all the time for expensive nutrients” and no more waste water cause of the periodic flushing of the systems that means no more lost money. And by the magical touch of aquaponic, we will have fresh fish, vegetables and fruits all the time in the in the cheapest and cleanest way.
Aquaponics Systems Design
Aquaponics Systems Stages
First stage:We feed the fishes normally and then the fishes extract ammonia into the water
Second stage:The pump is lifting the water from the fish tank up to the grow-bed
Third stage:The water is dripping down through the porous media bed / filter, passing through the roots of the plants before discharging back into the tank
Fourth Stage:The plants roots absorb the water and nutrients that they need to grow, cleaning the water by this way from the nutrients, returning back to the tank fresh and clean water that fish need
Aquaponics System Nitrogen cycleOk, let’s have close look at the roots of the aquaponics plants, are they making use from the fish tank water as it is, or are there hidden secrets behind the aquaponics system success? The answer is no, there are hidden soldiers working unceasing at the backstage for the success of the system so; let me introduce you now the grow-bed bacteria. I know most of us when we hear “Bacteria” (or “Germs” according to the disinfectant commercials) are meant to be bad, aren’t we? No, as every thing else has its good and bad sides, this kind of bacteria is useful and we can call it the main soldier in aquaponics system.
Ammonia to nitrite:Normally the fish are excreting ammonia and it’s harmful for the fish (big damage to tissues of the kidney and gills, decreased resistance to disease and Weak growth or even death). Decomposing food also creates ammonia. Luckily there on the surface of the grow-bed media there are Nitrosomonas bacteria, which eat the ammonia and get out nitrite (this nitrite has so much less bad effect on the fish than the ammonia, but still the case has some negative aspect that It stops the fish from taking up oxygen).
Nitrite to nitrate:Luckily there are other good bacteria “Nitro-bacteria”, which eat the nitrite and get out nitrate.
Plants and nitrate:Nitrate happens to be the best food for the plants, which make them grow so fast, so the plants roots absorb the nitrate and water to grow up faster than in any other system.
Fish and fresh water:After plants have absorbed all the nitrates, the water is returning fresh again, (free of ammonia or even nitrite) back to the fish tank. This is what we call “Aquaponics System Nitrogen cycle” which is the real technique, made by the Aquaponics, a real technique for the most efficient System that is producing Fresh fish and Organic (vegetables / fruits) to every house, and can be turned easily to your home business as well.