Many people are discovering that fish farming from home is one of the more practical ways to grow your own food, and some even make a profit from it. For most homes, farming fish is much more practical than trying to raise a hard of cattle, pigs or chickens in their back yard.
With fish, you don’t need a lot of space, and they won’t destroy your yard or break down the fence and get into the neighbors yard. One of the reasons fish ponds and home aquariums are so popular, is because fish can be easy to keep. Fish are quiet, and since they live in the water, they are less likely to draw flies and other pests. To raise fish, you basically need a tank of water, an air pump, fish feed, and a way to keep the water clean.
The equipment and feed are easy enough to buy, but one of the biggest challenges can be keeping the water clean. If you grow a large number of fish in a small space, the water can quickly become toxic with fish wastes. You are either going to have to filter these compounds out, or constantly replace the water with fresh water. Both of these can be an expense and can trigger environmental concerns with disposing of these wastes. But one method of fish farming has turned this expense into a profitable asset.
Water that is full of fish wastes can be a valuable asset when it comes to growing plants. Fish wastes are full of plant nutrients, and fish water is a great way to deliver these nutrients directly to the plant roots. This can be done by using fish water for irrigation, but an increasingly popular way to use this fish water is with aquaponics.
Aquaponics is a system that recirculates water between a fish tank and hydroponic grow beds. Plants are grown without soil, with their roots growing directly in the fish water. With this continuous supply of oxygen rich water and nutrients, plants perform amazingly well while they clean the water for the fish.
This is a system that eliminates the expense and labor involved with filtering the water or flushing the system with new water. Instead of being an expense, it creates a whole new source of production of organic plants, without a lot of extra work or expense. Once you have a fish farming tank and equipment, adding some grow beds to it is very simple.
With aquaponics you get two growing systems combined into one, which is often less maintenance than growing either plants or fish alone. This is because you are creating a biological system that takes care of itself in a lot of ways. Since the plants are grown from fish wastes, these systems can be certified as organic, and it shows in the quality of the vegetables. They don’t have that chemical or flavorless taste of conventional hydroponics. Many farmers find that they actually make more money from growing the plants than they do from growing he fish.
Learn more about aquaponics and how to set up your own simple and inexpensive, but very productive system, with this aquaponics how to guide.
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