Aquaponics (fish and gardening)

Aquaponics is quickly becoming a popular gardening technique. Why? Simply because it makes sense! It’s more economical in the long-term than traditional gardening, it saves space and resources, it’s low maintenance, and it provides meat as well as vegetables. As with any new subject, the best way to learn it is to start with the basic terminology.

Aquaponics Terms

  • Ponics” is a suffix that means cultivation, or gardening.
  • Hydroponics is gardening using fertilized water instead of soil.
  • Aeroponics is raising plants in the air using a misting system to provide water and nutrients.
  • Aquaponics adds fish to the mix, so the fish fertilize the water for the plants, and the plants purify the water for the fish. Aquaponics are quickly becoming a very popular gardening method, providing both vegetables and fish to the gardener’s diet.
  • Barrelponics is a form of aquaponics using 55 gal barrels or other containers.

Each form of “ponics” has it’s benefits and it’s challenges. For example, hydroponics work well, particularly for those who don’t want to deal with fish. The greatest drawback is the maintenance–water has to be changed regularly to add new nutrients.

The benefits of hydroponics is that it’s self-sustaining. Because the fish provide for the needs of the plants (nitrogen-rich fertilizer) and the plants provide for the needs of the fish (purified water), it’s relatively maintenance free. This system also provides vegetables and fish for the owner. The hardest part of the system is the setup.

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Components of an Aquaponics System

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2 Responses to Aquaponics (fish and gardening)

  1. Always Proof Read says:

    “The benefits of hydroponics is that it’s self-sustaining. Because the fish provide for the needs of the plants (nitrogen-rich fertilizer) and the plants provide for the needs of the fish (purified water), it’s relatively maintenance free. This system also provides vegetables and fish for the owner. The hardest part of the system is the setup”

    I think you mean the benefits of ‘Aquaponics’.

    Nice little breakdown of the some of the various methods of ponics, does your workbook expand on all the free information already available on the net or is it a copy and paste job?.

    • LOL! Yes, you are so right! I wrote this a while back and need to update everything on the site, really! The breakdown is my own; I do not copy and paste. I worked 15 years in higher ed…that would be a big no-no! 🙂
      The workbook is in process. We’ve been putting our time into creating a variety of learning opportunities here at the farm. In time our classes will go online as well! The workbook pulls information from various sources as well as from our own experiences in aquaponics. The web is a wonderful source of information, but it can require a lot of filtering to get the specific information needed, and it can be confusing. My goal with the workbook is to guide people into aquaponics with a tool they can use which is full of information, encouragement, and personal experience.

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