Have you ever maintained a fish aquarium at home? It’s a time consuming job besides that, the purpose is to keep your fish healthy and it’s an addition to the décor of the house. It really requires hard work and a serious effort is needed, one must ensure to provide the fish with the healthy food. People really try hard to keep their aquarium clean and supply fresh water to the aquatic animals, but how about the introduction of a system in which you can grow crops in addition to this?
Yes, I am talking about the symbiotic relationship (a biological system in which plants and animals grow by using the mutual benefits from each other) of fish and plants known as aquaponics in which the plants clean water for the fish and fish supply essential nutrients to the plants. This system is on the verge of replacing the old system of irrigation where farming was very difficult and a time consuming job. With this environment friendly system, the growing of fish as well as plants is made easy. All you need is to create a symbiosis relationship between aquatic life and plants.
What are the benefits of the aquaponics:-
The crops can be grown at home without wasting much money and water as it requires less quantity of water as compared to the complicated system of irrigation.
The availability of the fresh fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, strawberries, papaya, leafy veggies can be grown easily without much effort.
It requires less space than the typical irrigation system.
Aquaponics is made up of two words hydroponics and aquaculture. The former is the growing of crops and the later is related to the growing of aquatic life like fish.
The system doesn’t only provide you the plants which have high nutritional value but also the best quality of fish can be provided which is the dual benefit.
Fish is the rich source of protein and also it’s a requirement of a balanced diet. You don’t have to go to the market to buy fish you can easily have one at home!
It’s kind of building an eco system in which fish food is provided externally and the rest is the internal system of mutual benefit.
The whole process:
You will need a medium or large size tank with a channel of water supply through the network of the pipes, the fish is firstly grown it is supplied with the food the food. The fish waste here in aquaponics is used as a fertilizer for the plants and in return they supply clean water to the fish for the proper growth.
Apart from these benefits it’s a system which will attract your family members too, and it is going to be a fun yielding process, the kids will love to watch the fish in addition to the growth of the plants.