Aquaponic farming can offer you great satisfactions: tasty and cheap vegetables and legumes as well as healthy fish during all year round. However, in order to obtain the best results you will first need to have some basic information about what aquaponics means and how can you make the most of it.
Aquaponics is a new type of farming which relays on the symbiosis between the plants and the fish. This means that the fish provides the plants the necessary food while the plants, by feeding on the fish's excrements clean their water, thus making their environment a "comfortable" home. Because the fish are highly sensitive on chemicals, but also because they provide the plants with all the nutrients they need, there will be no need for you to use any pesticides or fertilizers to make your plants grow bigger and stronger, thus obtaining fresh, healthy and organic veggies without too much struggle.
As you can see the fish you put inside the tank play a great role in the success of your aquaponic farming. This is why, you will need to take good care of them and at the same time pay attention to that type of fish you choose. While basically all types of fish are suitable for the aquaponic system, there are states in which different species of fish are not allowed to be grown inside the house. Thus, before populating your tank with fish make sure that you are allowed to grow that type of fish in your home.
The species of fish which are recommended for the aquaponic system are Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Chinese Catfish, Tilapia, Koi, Largemouth and Bluegill. However this list is not an exhaustive one and according to the area and state in which you live you can always try with some different types of fish. As well as you take good care of them and your fish are happy, there are great chances that your aquaponic farm will give great results in no less than a year!
Aquaponics can spare you of your daily trips to the market and offer you tasty, healthy vegetables for your entire family. But for this you need to take great care of the fish, which will basically make your plants grow healthy and beautiful.