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Aquaponics 10 Quick Essential Facts to Get Started

Aquaponics 10 Quick Essential Facts to Get Started

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How is Aquaponics Different From Hydroponics?
 
For many years, there has been a general debate about the efficiency of aquaponic systems. The traditional supporters of hydroponics believe thathydroponics is sufficient for producing quality vegetables
and fruits. I’m not
debating the fact that hydroponics has served its purpose well. But as withall agricultural technologies, hydroponics has limitations.The first limitation is that you continually add nutrients to the water tosustain the hydroponic plants. The second limitation involves the water usedin the system itself. One of the downsides of hydroponics is that you have todrain some of the water on a regular basis in order to keep the water clean.Then we have traditional pond aquaculture. People can harvest fish, but thevegetation growing on top of the pond is mostly inedible. Aquaponicscombines the best facets of pond aquaculture and hydroponics to producesomething truly unique: a system that produces almost zero waste andutilizes animal waste and food waste to nourish vegetables and fruits.
 
 
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Additional filtration systems can be added to an existing aquaponic systemto remove excess waste in the water. An aquaponic system can also beexpanded again and again to support multiple grow beds.A single holding tank with about seventy fish can support up to eightindividual grow beds with different vegetables planted in the grow bedmedia. Aquaponics is so efficient that even commercial producers in theUnited States, Canada, and throughout the world are using this technology toproduce both edible fish and fresh plant produce.
How Does an Aquaponics System Work?
 
The simplest aquaponic system requires only one tank that will act as boththe grow bed and holding tank. Holding tanks contain the water, and thefish, while the grow beds contain the soil-less media and the plants.

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