(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.
Don't forget to choose your fish! Most aquaponic farmers raise things like tilapia, koi, goldfish, catfish, Peruvian pacu, oscars, perch, or freshwater prawns.
Ready to learn more about Aquaponics? Visit Rob Bob over at "Bits Out the Back" on YouTube!
Still interested in aquaponics but want to gradually ease into it?
We suggest trying hydroponics! (aquaponics without the fish)
ALSO, you may want to read: 6 Reasons Why You May Want to Switch to Hydroponics