Aquaponics is becoming a popular way to grow plants with multiple benefits. By incorporating fish into the system, plants can use their waste as a natural fertilizer, and grow in the water, eliminating the need for soil. This closed-loop system also eliminates the need to add fertilizers, which means lesser work and lower costs, whilst producing fish that is available to eat or sell.
1. 90% Less Water is Used in Aquaponics Than Traditional Vegetable Gardening
In aquaponics and hydroponics systems, water is recirculated. Run-off water that is not taken up by the plants goes back to the fish container. Fish waste adds Nutrients constantly, and water returns to the plants. Every bit of water is reused over and over again, an impossibility in traditional, soil-based agriculture. Since it is recirculated and recycled, water is never discharged in hydroponics or aquaponics. This makes it a perfect system for areas where water is scarce.
The only ways of loss-occur are
- Evaporation and Transpiration
- Any Leakage
2. The Only Garden with a Great Source of Animal Protein!
There’s no doubt that aquaponics offers a pretty efficient system of growing both animal protein and vegetables in a limited space, with minimal external inputs – the waste from the fish becomes food for the plants which in turn filter the waste. It’s the only garden that gives you such a complete meal!
3. You have immediate access to vegetables and fish in your backyard or basement.
Aquaponics can supply both vegetable and fish. You save a trip to the store, which isn’t just a time saver but also saves gas, reducing your carbon footprint.
4. Easy to Maintain & Truly Sustainable Form of Farming.
Once you set up and establish a system, the only thing to do is to feed the fish every day and harvest your food when it’s ready. You can keep using the system for years to come and because it’s a semi-closed system, there are very few resources needed to continue farming this way.
5. Needs Very Little Space.
One of the most space-efficient ways to grow food. Aquaponics systems allow you to place plants closer to each other than normal which saves a lot of space. This is possible because plant roots are constantly submerged in water which is rich in nutrients thus there is no overcrowding. You, therefore, save more space through aquaponics compared to any other type of gardening method at home.
6. Nearly Every Homeowner Could Use Aquaponics.
You can set up Aquaponic systems almost everywhere and it has the potential to (sub-)urbanize food production. Because of the high efficiency of the system, ease of maintenance and minimal space requirements, pretty much anyone could set up a system like this.
7. No Back-Breaking Work!
Unlike traditional gardening, you don’t need to bend and strain your back when using an aquaponics system because your plants will grow at around waist level. There is just need to plant once and wait for harvesting without having to do any hard follow up tasks such as weeding and pest control which can also strain your back.
8. You Know Where Your Food Came From & Certainty of Quality
With regards to fish at least, the industry calls this “100% traceability” and you no doubt have to pay more for it. But if you grow fish and veggies yourself, you know exactly where your food came from and how it was treated every step of the way.
That’s important. You know for a fact that the fish and vegetables you’re eating are fresh and organically produced.
9. No Chemical Fertilizer is Needed For Growing Your Veggies/Herbs.
The fish contribute the only fertilizer used in the system, no chemicals necessary.
10. Healthy & Organic Food
This is probably the number one reason why people resort to raising their own produce. The generic food and vegetables found in stores contain so many different chemicals which are hazardous to people’s health. Aquaponics is one of the best, if not the best means of producing your own food.
11. No Weeding & Herbicides!
No dirt, No tractors, & no weeds! This is certainly true of systems located in a basement and mostly true of the system located in a backyard. The system is mostly weed-free and the grow beds are easy to maintain if you do happen to get weeds.
12. No Worries About Ground-Dwelling Pests & Pesticides.
The aquaponic grow beds are raised beds, separated from the ground, so there are no concerns about ground-dwelling pests. It’s easy to be organic with a system like this. Minimal exposure to weeds and pests means few reasons to use any countermeasures. Organic methods are an option if you do have a problem, but it’s far less likely than with a conventional garden.
13. Plants Grow Faster
The fact that plants have access to nutrients 24 hours makes them grow faster. For instance, vegetables such as lettuce, which takes approximately 2 months to mature when planted normally in soil have been proven to mature in approximately one month when grown under aquaponics systems.
14. No Ongoing Soil Management.
There is no soil! That means no need for compost and other soil amendments to keep the ground productive over time.
15. Kids Can Learn From Aquaponics.
Teaching Kids to Grow with Aquaponics. An aquaponic system is a great teaching aid for kids. You can show them how to become self-sufficient food producers.
16. No Nutrients Are Wasted.
The plants consume the fish excrement and they cleanse the water for the fish. Nothing goes to waste in an aquaponic system.
17. It’s a Conversation Piece.
Because most people don’t know the benefits of aquaponics, the systems are quite rare. The system is a good conversation starter and provides an opportunity for you to spread the word. Plus, fish are fun to watch.
18. Makes Use of Idle & Vertical Space.
Imagine turning some dead storage space in your basement into a bottomless food factory. Now that’s a great use of space!
Aquaponics growing involves high-value space and vertical growing allows plants to spread horizontally to maximize the growing space in the grow tables.
19. No Watering.
The fact that aquaponics systems constantly recycle or re-circulate water means that you don’t need to water your plants. This is a huge benefit because many crops fail because of poor watering routines/techniques.
20. It’s a Fast and Efficient Form of Farming
Aquaponics is capable of producing vegetables much faster than soil-based gardening and you can grow more vegetables in the same space consumed by a traditional garden. This is all possible because of the constant flow of nutrient-rich water.
23. It Can Be Profitable!
When you use an aquaponics system at home, you can increase your food production significantly because you can plant more vegetables using very little space. You’re even able to sell surplus production of vegetables and fish to earn extra income.