Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thoughts on Aquaponics

Recently I have wanted to try and make a backyard garden with my kids, but I wanted it a little more interesting.  This is where I started to read and learn about Aquaponics.   In case anyone does not know what Aquaponics means:

A food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. - From Wikipedia

I think I could use my backyard and build a raised spice garden out of some 2x4's and other material. And then get a tank or something to use as a tank and go from there.  I would love to use Tilapia or Barramundi fish, but might have to start with just gold fish to see how it all works. Besides with Barramundi or Tilapia I will need a much larger "tank".

I thought about buying one of those pre-built from Amazon, but were is the fun in that. Besides those are very small, but I would probably kill those fish anyway.

Any thoughts?  Anybody ever try and make one of these? Or even bought the one off of Amazon or anywhere else?

It would be nice to be able to go in the backyard, grab your vegetables, spices, and even a fish and make a fresh meal.