Nowadays, more and more people want their aquaponics system. That’s not surprising. More and more people, enticed with the idea of producing their own food in an environmentally-friendly way, are turning to this method. Using a system that can grow plants and fish in a clean, closed system with very little work is attractive. Professional prefabricated aquaponics systems can be very expensive. This is why many enthusiasts have resorted to creating their own aquaponics system. The results are truly diverse and creative.
The result of this DIY (Do It Yourself) approach is a variety of designs and configurations, from simple installations for beginners to more elaborate systems for experts. This variety testifies as much to the creativity and ingenuity of many aquaponics connoisseurs as to the fact that, with a little research and determination, it’s entirely possible to create an effective and aesthetically pleasing aquaponics system without spending a fortune.
With advances in technology and growing interest in sustainable farming solutions, it’s now easier than ever to set up your own aquaponics system. Whether you’re unfamiliar with construction or looking for a turnkey solution, aquaponics kits are available on the market. You can now make your ownaquaponics system at home. Ready-to-use kits are available to set up an aquaponics system on a larger or smaller scale for individuals. This makes aquaponics very flexible, as these kits can be used on a balcony, in a garden, or even in an apartment.
- A pond to receive fish, there are different sizes and different shapes. The choice of material used prevents fluctuations in pH and ammonia levels, as well as contamination problems.
- A cultivation tank, the volume of which depends on that of the fish tank.
- The substrates that fill the growing tank. They constitute the space of growth and the support of the plants. The most commonly used substrates are gravels, or clay balls, which facilitate the good circulation of water.
- A water pump, used to carry water from the aquarium to the grow tank, characterized by a given flow rate.
- An air pump, to blow air into the water of the tank for fish and plants.
- An irrigation system, which consists of controlling the flow of water in an in and out system.