In todays modern world it is becoming more and more necessary for us to look to a means of being able to grow our own produce. With the population ever expanding, the land available just doesn't have the means to
be able to keep up with the constant demand for food we require. Traditional farming methods have served us very well for a long time now, however it seems that there needs to be a rethink about how to produce food in greater quantities and with less impact to the planet. Aquaponics is one such system.
It is very similar to Hydroponics with one rather large exception. A typical Hydroponics setup relies on the addition of chemical substances to the water to feed the plants. Aquaponicson the other hand is copying a natural symbiotic relationship between fish and plants that has been around for millions of years. The fish produce waste, the plants feed on that waste and in turn clean the water for the fish. Nature has perfected this relationship over its millenia and we are now starting to harness it for our own use and are beginning to reap the rewards.
The other thing Aquaponics has over the Hydroponic system is that you can grow virtually anything you want to. You are really only limited to the type of produce you grow by your imagination and of course by your budget and how much space you have to work with. However unlike Hydroponics you can actually grow most things that your normal back yard earthen garden would produce. All you need is the right type of structure to house the individual crops and you are ready to go.
The most typical and probably the easiest plants to get your system up and running with are the leafy type, all types of lettuces will thrive in this environment as will all of your herbs. Tomatoes, cucumbers, all types of beans and peas, strawberries, melons, the list just goes on and on. You can even have root crops growing if you have the right substrate and method for which the water filters over the roots of the plants. The other cool thing is that small to medium fruit trees will perform very well with the Aquaponics system along with most flowering plants.
You would need to have a very well established and quite large tank system or systems with a bumper school of fish to be able to keep the fruit trees happy though, but it can be done and is really no harder to achieve than if you were just growing simple vegetables. The fruit and vegetables that you end up producing will also taste remarkably different to their shop bought cousins. This is wholly down to the fact that your produce wouldn't have been hurried along to mature and there aren't a myriad of chemicals used on them to make them bigger, better, stronger or faster.
Your result is you get beautiful fresh organically produce food for you and your family to enjoy with very little fuss.