Aquaponics is becoming more and more popular with organic gardeners. And it’s to no surprise since the benefits of having an Aquaponics system in your garden are excellent. For example you would only use 2% of the water that you normally use in an organic garden. You will also being saving a lot of time and work building your own home Aquaponics system since the fish do all the work for you. And to top it off you will more than likely see an increase to the rate at which you can grow healthy plants.
But before you get into building a home Aquaponics system in your organic garden you need to know the requirements. And don’t worry, the requirements for home aquaponics are very little but important all the less. So what I am going to do today is just explain some of the home Aquaponic requirements that you will need to consider.
To start with I want to just say that you can get into Aquaponics fairly cheaply, it does not cost a lot of money to get started. But you must be aware that there is a minor investment needed to get the tools, equipment, fish etc required to build a working homemade Aquaponics system. You will also require an amount of time to learn about the subject and acquire the right Aquaponics system plans for you. My first bit of advice is taking your time. This is important and believe me, I know since I rushed when I started Aquaponics and found out the hard way. Once you have expanded your knowledge on the subject and have yourself a little money, you are ready to start building your own home Aquaponics system.
Home Aquaponics Requirements:
1. A nice space, you don’t need a massive area to run an Aquaponics system but you will need to ensure that you have room enough for the system to be placed.
2. A fish tank, this one is a no brainer. There is a lot to consider here since the size of the tank you choose affects how many fish you can have and how many plants you can grow.
3. An aquatic pump, you can use efficient pumps from most aquatic stores. The power of the pump depends on the size of your fish tank. The staff at the aquatic store can help you will this.
An Aquaponics grow bed, Or even a normal grow bed. Make sure you clean it well before using it since you don’t want the system getting clogged up.
4. Tubing for water flow, the type of tubing you get will depend on what system you end up building. Some different types of Aquaponics systems work better with different tubing.
5. PH testing kits, this is to check the pH of the water in your system.
6. Depending on what fish and plants you want to grow you may need to get a water heater. This is rarely required though.
7. You will need some gravel or clay to support your plants. In Aquaponics the plants roots sit in water not soil so you need some gravel to support your plants. The water will run though the gravel and back into the fish tank.