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.