Aquaponics: the combination of recirculating aquacuture and hydroponics (soilless plant culture.) In aquaponics, the nutrient rich water that results from raising fish provides a source of nutrients for the growing plants. Beneficial bacteria convert the toxic components of the fish waste into a form of nutrients usable by the plants. As the plants consume the nutrients, they help to clean the water that the fish live in. A natural microbial process keeps both te fish and plants healthy and helps sustain an environment in which they both can thrive. (excerpt from Aquaponics Food Production)
My boyfriend Jaiz and I are building our own home aquaponics system. I am super excited because we (hopefully) should have a little home garden here shortly. My boyfriend started reading up on this last year. But I really didn’t get excited until a couple of weeks ago when I figured out we would be growing food…then I got excited when we got our fish.
Jaiz has been so diligent with building this system. He ordered most of the components online and we picked up the rest from Home Depot, PetSmart, and Target. Parts were coming in piece by piece, and he would just start putting what he could together. Right now it has basically been built, we are just waiting for the fish (names: Abigail, Charlie, Mitchell Darth, Goldie, and Tiger) to poop enough to completely fertilize the growing bed. We have planted our lettuce. And we will plant some basil and cilantro next. I will definitely be documenting our progress and the plants growth.