The first thing you will need to know about aquaponics is that it combines the principles of aquaculture with those of hydroponic gardening; the result being a new and highly effective way of growing plants and fish at the same time.
With a tank of no more than 20 square feet and a few netted pots you will be able to grow enough plants to supply your entire family.
Because aquaponics heavily relies on fishes, as fish are actually providing the food for the plants, you will need to take good care of them in order to get the best results.
This means that you will need to make sure that the water has the appropriate temperature, PH level, light as well as the necessary amount of oxygen to accommodate the fish. This can be pretty simple in reality. Anyone who has ever had fish in their outdoor pond knows this.
Basically, monitoring the water and feeding the fish is all that you will have to do in order to grow plants in the aquaponic garden. It is quite simple and the results are spectacular.
The great thing about this type of gardening is you will not need to bend over to take care of the plants. Placing the fish tank and the netting pots at the waist level will make all activities you need to do in order to take care of the plants and fish easy. No more digging, bending and stretching to reach as larger surface, and crawling on your knees to take the weeds out of the ground. You will have everything you need at your arms’ reach.
The aquaponic system is suitable for those of any age. It requires little time and it gives great results and, since you are eliminating digging and weeding, retirees and seniors will find it easy to do once it is set up. Your plants will grow larger, will develop normally and, when all is said and done, you will harvest the best veggies you have ever tasted using the power of aquaponics!