Aquaponics Facts

Cool Aquaponics Facts

Check out these facts about aquaponic gardening courtesy of Mother Earth News

  • Aquaponic gardening enables home fish farming. You can now feel good  about eating fish again.
  • Aquaponic gardening uses 90% less water than soil-based gardening  because the water is re-circulated and only that which the plants take up or  evaporates is     ever replaced.
  • Aquaponic gardening results in two crops for one input (fish  feed).
  • Aquaponic gardening is four to six times as productive on a square  foot basis as soil-based gardening. This is because with aquaponic  gardening, you can     pack plants about twice as densely as you can in soil and  the plants grow     two to three times as fast as they do in  soil.
  • Aquaponic systems only require a small amount of energy to run a  pump and aeration for the fish. This energy can be provided through  renewable methods.
  • Aquaponics does not rely on the availability of good soil, so it  can be set up     anywhere, including inner city parking lots, abandoned  warehouses,     schools, restaurants, home basements and garages.
  • Aquaponic gardening is free from weeds, watering and fertilizing  concerns, and because it is done at a waist-high level, there is no back  strain.
  • Aquaponic gardening is necessarily organic. Natural fish waste  provides all the food the plants need. Pesticides would be harmful to the  fish so they are never     used. Hormones, antibiotics, and other fish additives  would be harmful to     the plants so they are never used. And the result is  every bit as flavorful as soil-based organic produce, with the added benefit  of fresh fish for a safe, healthy source of protein.
  • Aquaponics is completely scalable. The same basic principles apply  to a system based on a 10 gallon aquarium and to a commercial  operation.

Read more: Mother Earth News

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