What is aquaponics?
The first part of “Aquaponics” is “aqua” meaning water and refers to the aquaculture (fish rearing) half of an aquaponics system. This Fact Sheet is to give a basic overview into aquaponics with an emphasis on plant growth and does not go into the full system of aquaponics.
What plants can I grow in my aquaponics system?
Due to the nature of the system, many plants that do well in hydroponic systems can do well in aquaponics. These include vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and peppers, as well as ornamentals such as herbs, roses and foliage plants.
How do I know if my aquaponics system will work?
The pH level of the aquaponics system plays a significant role in determining whether your system will work. Check the pH level weekly. The pH should be neutral, between 6.8 – 7.0, which is the ideal pH for fish, plants, and bacteria.
What are the disadvantages of aquaponics?
In an aquaponics system, the water flow is constant, so you need to consider the natural evaporation and increase moisture in your space. The temperature difference will cause extra humidity. 2. Water Spillage Your fish tank or aquarium can leak. Therefore, the area where you want to create your system is an area that can get wet.