Aquaponics is a symbiotic system in which plants and fish live and benefit from each other. The plants are fertilized by the fish waste and this also cleans the habitat of the fish. Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.
Aquaponics has become a popular trend with many setting up an aquaponics system in their home to grow organic vegetables. There are some benefits to building an aquaponics system at home and we will discuss them below.
1) LESS WATER
Aquaponics uses less water than traditional farming methods because the water is recirculated. It is estimated that Aquaponics uses 90% less water. Although it’s best to use rainwater, tap water can be used if rainwater is not available. The tap water must be de-chlorinated.
2) Fewer PESTS
With Aquaponics, you have more control over pests; aquaponics systems have no issue with pests. Most pests are an issue due to the soil and Aquaponics doesn’t have soil to contend with; hence, pests become a non-issue.
3) NO WEEDING
There is no weeding with Aquaponics as there is no soil to deal with. Weeds need soil to grow and without the soil, weeds are not a factor.
4) MORE PRODUCE
You can grow plants faster than traditional farming methods because of the aquaponics system. The water is fertilized naturally by the fish and the plants benefit from this directly. Due to this symbiotic relationship, plants grow twice as fast with aquaponics.
5) GROW PLANTS ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, IN ANY WEATHER
You can grow plants anytime, anywhere and in any weather with aquaponics. Due to the symbiotic system, the weather, the seasons and location are all non-factors.
6) BIGGER AND HEALTHIER
Vegetables and plants grown with an Aquaponics system are bigger and healthier than those grown in soil. The plants are organic since they are fertilized from the fish waste and not with chemical fertilizers.
7) NO NEED FOR ARTIFICIAL FERTILIZERS
With Aquaponics, there is no need for artificial fertilizers. The plants are fertilized naturally from the fish waste all the time which eliminates the need for artificial fertilizers. This makes the plants organic and healthier and this is one of the main factors which make aquaponics very appealing to the organic enthusiasts.
8) LESS SPACE IS NEEDED
You don’t need much space to grow plants and vegetables with Aquaponics as traditional farming. Aquaponics is the deal breaker with regard to space. All the plants are grown in the grow bed.
9) FISH & PLANTS
If you do have a very big fish tank and a fish species which can grow big, you may have the chance of not only getting the plants and vegetables, but you may also get the fish for consumption also. If you do aquaponics on a large scale, then you can generate income from both the plants and the fish.
10) ERGONOMICALLY FRIENDLY
You don’t have to spend hours bending over to plant. It is not taxing on your body as compared to traditional farming methods. There is a certain way you plant your seeding in the aquaponics floats that is so easy on your body.
11) INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE
One great advantage of Aquaponics systems is that it can be customized for the users. They can be set up anywhere accessible for anyone with mobility issues. It can also be raised or lowered to make it accessible for anyone with height or mobility issues.
12) COST EFFECTIVE
The costs of setting up and maintaining an aquaponics system are far better when you consider how much food and fish it can provide yearly. There is some startup cost, but after that, the maintenance cost is not very high as compared to conventional farming methods.
13) IT IS SUSTAINABLE
Aquaponics systems are very sustainable. After the startup cost, you don’t really need anything on a regular basis. The only item you will purchase regularly is fish food. You won’t need to purchase fertilizers and pesticides and the water is recirculated.
14) ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Aquaponics systems are environmentally friendly as there are no chemicals used hence no harmful chemicals runoff into the watershed. Aquaponics protects our rivers and lakes. Conventional farming uses a lot of fertilizers and the excess fertilizers eventually get in the rivers resulting in harmful side effects for the marine life and the atmosphere.
15) GAS CONSERVATION
“Food miles” are greatly reduced as the produce travels a short distance from the aquaponics system to the house for consumption. This helps reduce harmful gas emissions into the atmosphere.
Aquaponics systems give you the ability to produce organic plants and vegetables for consumption. There are many benefits to an aquaponics system which should motivate anyone to explore the possibility of building one.