Aquaponics System - Fish and Produce grow together.

Grow your own vegetables and fish at the same time, with an Aquaponics system! Please read further, but if you are interested in making your own start up system be sure to check out Travis Hughey's Free Barrelponic plans here.

Aquaponics in a Nutshell

Auquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics.

Aquaculture is growing fish to eat, and hydroponics is the growing of vegetables in a non-traditional way, using water.

Aquaponics uses the water and nutrients used in the Fish tank to feed and grow your vegetables and plants.

Aquaponics is basically, Hydroponics without the need for chemicals and you get Fish to eat as well.

Here are a few other links, but be sure to check out the videos on this page below.

Home Aquaponics - Free Plans for Travis Hughey's Barrelponics set-up, and a Video of one mad at Malispina college in action.

Hydroponic Greenhouse - Hydroponic Greenhouse 101 - with Video.

Indoor Greenhouse - Indoor Greenhouse DIY (just thought I'd include it).

First Video

The number of backyard Auquaponics system is on the rise.

Here is an example of one guy’s system, and his future plans, to come:

The only thing that this guy is missing is a greenhouse! If you do not have a greenhouse at this time, please be sure to take a look at our Greenhouse Plans page.

An Auquaponics system seems to be the perfect symbiotic relationship.

The fish produce the fertilizers and nutrients that the vegetables need to grow.

The plants in return clean the water for the fish, making it the ultimate in sustainable food sources.

It is all totally natural, so there are not any chemicals or “man made” stuff that you are mixing with your food.

If you are interested in gardening organically, without chemicals and man-made fertilizers, you may want to take a look at Jonathan White's Gardening system. I have taken a look at his book, and actually use the system. Take a look at the full Food4Wealth review here.

If you have a garden and keep a fish tank, then why not combine the two?

Auquaponics system has been around since the 1970’s and is used as a sustainable resource for fish. There are many commercial operations currently located throughout the world. And now in peoples own Backyards!

These are the different types of fish that are currently being used in Auquaponic systems, and just like the plants that you keep in your greenhouse, certain fish will need certain temperature and environmental needs to survive.

Again here are just a few of the fish species being used in Auquaponic systems.

  • Talapia
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Silver Perch
  • Jade Perch
  • Sleepy Cod
  • Murray cod
  • Barramundi
  • Yabby
  • Crayfish
  • Redclaw

Waste not want not:

This seems to be the best way to “recycle water”, or just conserve water as well. The water is in a continuous cycle and there is no waste. And Aquaponics DIY (Do it Yourself) can be built in your own back yard.

Just on a side note if conserving water is important to you and you have not learned about rain barrels, or the rain barrel world, you can see them at our Rain Barrels page.

Also Fish Farms have their own hazards to the environment, this is a great option.

Why not give it a try and if you do we’d love to hear from you, so feel free to contact us. We’d love to help in any way that we can.

Interesting Links:

Home Made Aquaponics System

Backyard Aquaponics

Aquaponics System Videos

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