If you’re not aware by now of all the great benefits that aquaponics will bring not only to your own life, but to the lives of others, then here are 10 reasons on why you should build a home aquaponics system.
1) Healthier & Tastier
With all the different chemicals that is put into our food nowadays, it’s very hard to believe that our food is healthy. We often hear about outbreaks of salmonella and other diseases because somewhere in the food production line, safety was compromised.
We cannot no longer trust what we’re eating. A viable solution is to grow our own fish and vegetables and by using aquaponics method, it’s cheaper, faster and easier. Everything is organic and as a result, your food ends up being much healthier and tasting much better.
2) Save Money On Grocery Bill
Produce is expensive especially if you buy organic food. Even then, you cannot completely trust the vegetables in grocery stores to be completely organic. You can save money on your weekly grocery bills if you use the right amount of space to grow your own produce.
Infact, people around the world who uses the aquaponics method have grown so much food that they’ve begun selling their produce. There’s an initiative created by the government of Barbados that encourages locals to build aquaponics systems and live on and sell their produce to tourists so they’re less reliant on imported foods.
3) Faster Growth
An aquaponics system is very effective for growing plants in comparison to traditional gardening. Vegetables can grow up to twice as fast as if you were to grow them in soil, and you can yield 5 to 20 times more food in half the time.
To put things into more perspective, if you were growing lettuce in 10 square feet of space, you can grow just as much lettuce as someone would with 100 square feet of space.
4) Environmentally Friendly
The dwindling numbers of fishes in our earth’s oceans are a major concern. You’ll be conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources and aquatic animals. Fish waste provides an organic fertilizer for plants, and in return, waste water is filtered and recycled by the plants for the fishes.
Aquaponics is completely sustainable and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that. The entire process is natural, which is why it’s so effective.
5) Low-Cost Operation
The start-up costs can be very expensive (thousands of dollars) if you’re buying an pre-made aquaponics system, which is why I recommend building a home aquaponics system yourself for only a few hundred dollars. It’s very straightforward and costs much less.
Once your system is built, all you really need is stock fish, seeds and fish food. If your system is built with energy conservation in mind (which most home aquaponics are), then you’ll end up using up to 70% less energy than traditional gardening methods.
6) Simple To Operate (Automated)
Don’t worry about all the backbreaking work involved in conventional gardening because aquaponics is 95% automated. No weeding is involved because grow beds are placed up high where plant roots cannot spread and soil cultivation and fertilization is not necessary because no soil is needed.
All you need to do is to get the chemistry right for your fish and plants (such as maintaining water pH), feed your fishes and plant more seedlings at the end of every cycle. Mother nature will take care of everything else.
You cannot buy happiness, but it’s a well-known fact that healthier food equals happier people. Fresh and organic vegetables and fishes will have a positive effect on you physically and mentally.
Not to mention that you’ll get satisfaction out of building your own aquaponics system and being self-dependent on providing healthy food for yourself and your family, absolutely any time you want.
Of course there are cons to using aquaponics such as maintenance of wirings, housing, tank and plumbing. The components for an aquaponics system relies heavily on man-made technologies and can be prone to errors. If the pump stops working or the tubes get blocked, then this can result in the loss of your fishes.
However, the pros far outweigh the cons and you maintenance of the system is a necessity, just like with any other system. There are far less issues with aquaponics than with conventional gardening and hydroponics.
You can enjoy delicious fish and vegetables all year round unlike traditional aquaculture and if you even build your own greenhouse or biodome, you’ll have the perfect environment to relax and raise your plants and fishes.
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