Those who do not have a garden or any outside space to grow plants and such may be interested in the benefits that are associated with getting indoor aquaponics. These systems integrate and incorporate raising fishes with growing plants, and the whole tank combined is able to create an independent system that mimics the natural biological cycle. Due to this reason, after setting up the indoor aquaponics system, owners generally do not have to maintain or care for the tank at all; the only responsibility that owners have is to feed the fishes regularly.
An indoor aquaponics system will combine a tank of fishes with a medium of growing plants growing on top of the tank. The key component to the tank are beneficial bacteria that resides in the gravel and the medium. These bacteria will take the ammonium that is excreted by the fish and convert it into nitrate, and then nitrite. The plants are able to readily absorb the nitrite which is an essential nutrient to them. This helps purify the water while helping plants grow. Tank owners are required to feed the fishes at regular intervals in order to keep the whole system going, but once the tanks are set up, it is basically independent and does not require any care or maintenance at all. Tank owners who do not use any chemicals or pesticides on the tank will be able to enjoy the crops that they grow, and some will even consume the fishes as well.
Any type of terrestrial plant or crop will be suitable in the system, and any freshwater fish will generally be able to live in the tank. The type of crops being planted and the type of fish being raised will depend entirely on the tank owners. The size of the fish and the amount of vegetation available will be dependent on the filtration system of the tank, and also the size of the tank. Many people have had success growing chives, tomatoes, melons, among many other popular everyday ingredients that are used in the kitchen.
Since there are numerous different sizes of tanks in regards to indoor aquaponics, tank owners can either have small tanks for decorative purposes on their desk or they can actually grow their own crops as if they had a garden. These indoor aquaponics can even be turned into a large scale project, and many farmers are considering the benefits that are involved as it is not only cost-efficient, but also easy to manage. These larger indoor aquaponics systems are able to raise larger fishes.
Indoor aquaponics is considered to be a revolutionary design, and is quickly gaining popularity on the market. Not only are they easy to set up, but they are considered to be extremely environmentally-friendly. Those who grow plants are indirectly helping the environment, and lowering their carbon footprint on the planet. The indoor aquaponics system is also a great benefit to those who own apartments or buildings that do not have a garden outside.
- AquaPonics: latest environmental and climate friendly way of gardening -by- Naseem Sheikh (environmentdefencer.wordpress.com)