Homemade Aquaponics-the Best Of Both Worlds

Although we’ve been conditioned to grow food for thousands of years by planting them in the ground, there is another relatively newer and better way of growing your food. Believe it or not, planting and growing food from the ground can be a bit more difficult than you think and in a number of ways, it goes against nature.

First of all, growing pesky weeds can be frustrating, because pulling weeds are a horrendously tedious task. Secondly, garden pests, such as insects gophers, and snails can be particularly troublesome. And lastly, the most overlooked aspect of “traditional” gardening procedures is the lack of recycling for wasted materials in the process.

There are a ton of chemicals and water used in the traditional way of growing food.
Gardening is difficult, no matter how you look at it. However, lately, there is another easier way to grow plants that can eliminate all of the difficulties that persist in doing it the “traditional” way. Although, its been around since the 70’s, more and more people are turning towards homemade aquaponics to grow their own food.

Homemade aquaponics is a system for growing food that is quite similar to hydronics, but it’s much more of an organic process and eliminates a number of the issues people have with hydroponics. Aquaponics combines hydroponics with aquaculture (raising of fish). In aquaponics, fish would produce ammonia (waste) that is consumed by the plants for natural growth. The beautiful thing about aquaponics is that this is a very sustainable cycle.

Because normally, fish waste would pollute the water. However, since plants can consume it, the water that’s normally wasted is recycled for optimum usage. Therefore, instead of fish polluting the water, the plants act as a natural filtration system. The fish grows naturally, and so does the plants. It’s a natural organic process. In this way, you can produce organic fish and produce without working nearly as hard as you would if you were gardening traditionally.

Much like a normal aquarium, in homemade aquaponics fish are kept in a tank. But instead of pumping the water through a mechanical filter, the water goes into the grow bed.

The most amazing things about this process is that you’re not eroding soil, or even using harmful chemicals. And you’re also not wasting water by dumping it on the ground and with homemade aquaponics; you’re only using 2 percent of the water used in traditional farming. BOLA TANGKAS