The thing I like about fish is that it’s a delicious and healthy food, all at the same time. It’s one of those rare things that taste good and is also actually good for you. You know how hard it is to find a food like that right? Skimmed milk doesn’t taste that good, you cannot eat too much sugar or too much red meat, without gaining weight or having health issues, but fish is different.
You could easily raise fish at home with an integrated aquaponic system, and eat fresh fish whenever you want at home. It’s just like growing plants in your backyard or indoors. It also has lots of benefits. For one, you are getting two types of crops at the same time, and the other advantage is being able to use waste from one system to the next feed.
A simple aquaponic system
For a simple aquaponic system, you would need a container for your fish. It could be a fish tank, aquarium, a barrel, a tub or anything that can hold water safely. You will also need some trays to grow your plants in a soilless system, some tubing and pumps get a flow of water, and some initial inputs, such as juvenile fish, starter plants, and some food for your fish, to start your system.
Determine your goals beforehand, this way you know going into this what size aquaponic system you will need. But there are people who do it just to grow some additional food or as a hobby, so if you are going to try it for the first time, just start with a small system to gain experience with it. Building a barrel based aquaponic fish, veggie garden
Aquaponics-The idea of the aquaponic farming system is to keep fish in a container and circulate the water throughout the system. You will want to use a tubing system to get a constant flow of water circulation. This way, the waste from the tank can be used as input for the plants, and water is filtered by plants. Your plants would sit on top of the fish barrels, in little cups. Water containing nutrients flows through their roots for certain amounts of time depending on the plant and stage of growth.
You will need two 50 gallon drums. Add some gravel and water to the bottom of the barrel. And then add some juvenile fish. (Details about building this system are given here: How You can Build an Integrated Aquaponic System | World Wide Aquaculture).
The reason it’s so important to start raising fish and veggies yourself is that this is the best way we can get the freshest, organically grown fish and veggies at home. Turn this system into your home based mini-farm
Once you get your integrated system going, you will be able to determine at what scale you would be able to turn your project into a profitable business. The idea of turning this type of system into a profit is catching on. There are more families today getting involved in urban farming than ever before.
A family in Southern California has made headlines recently by running a home based farm right in the middle of the city.
Once you get your fish and backyard garden going, it will be like a small scale farm that grows a variety of food. You could not only support yourself, but make a little bit of extra money for you and your family.
Learning to grow your own food is important. It’s the best way to make sure you have access to the freshest food, organically grown and safe for your family. As an added bonus, it will also help the environment.
Aquaponic systems need very little input once you get your system going. The waste it produces has very little impact on the environment since it is organic. It can be done at any scale, can be used for residential or commercial purposes, and it’s becoming a very profitable industry for the future.
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Source: Nourish the Planet