Aquaponic Gardening

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by fatihy
Last updated 5 years ago

Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Animals
Grade:
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Aquaponic Gardening

Aquaponic Gardening

Steps For Planning ...Determine the total grow bed area in sq ft (or sq m)...From grow bed area, determine the fish weight required (pounds or kg) using the ratio rule 1 lb (.5 kg) of fish for every 1 sq ft (.1 sq m)of grow bed surface area, assuming the beds are at least 12″ (30 cm) deep....Determine fish tank volume from the stocking density rule above (1 pound fish per 5 – 10 gallons of fish tank volume or .5 kg per 20-26 liters). When your fish are young and small, reduce the number of plants in proportion to the size of the fish and their corresponding feed rate / waste production.

Some of the problems with a traditional garden are:It is seasonalThe soil is prepared, fertilized, and you plant seeds in the spring time.The soil nutrients are used up by the plants and the plants die.The amount of fruits and vegetables produced is based on the amount of nutrients, sunlight, and water.After the plants die the soil will have to be re-titled, re-fertilized, and replanted.Traditional gardening requires regular watering and soil fertilizing.

What is Aquaponics?Aquaponics is the production of vegetables and fish which live in a symbiotic relationship. The simplest explanation I can give is that the fish provide the fertilizer for the plants to grow, and the plants, beneficial bacteria, and composting worms clean the water for the fish.

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

By Faith Blackwell


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