The great thing about aquaponics is that it’s very versatile. You can adjust an aquaponics system to suit your needs.
If you don’t have enough space in your garden or if you don’t have one at all, don’t worry because with aquaponics, you can grow vegetables indoors.
The best options are either in a basement, garage or a spare room. Alternatively, you can just keep it in a corner space in any room and since an aquaponics system is flexible, it won’t take up much space and won’t look out of place either. As a matter of fact, it makes a great talking point and feature in your home!
Things To Consider When Growing Vegetables Indoors
Before we get started, I suggest that you check out the Top 10 Benefits Of Having Aquaponics At Home article for you to understand all the benefits involved in having an aquaponics system.
The most basic aquaponics system is the flood and drain system which can easily be built within your home (find out how to build one here).
The most important things to consider when you grow vegetables indoors are:
This will main the main issue especially if you live in a small apartment. However, an aquarium based aquaponic system in a closet style setting is ideal for gardening in city apartments because they’re small, decorative and portable.
Where will you put your aquaponics system in your home? If you decide to put it in a small room make sure that you leave the door or window open slightly to let air circulate.
Some grow lights will produce a lot of heat so make sure there’s enough space between your plants and the grow lights especially in small enclosed rooms.
You probably won’t have enough window lighting indoors so you’ll have to supplement it with grow lights (or use it entirely). Make sure that you’re covering the blue and red spectrum your plants will absorb.
The following lights can be used:
- T5 Fluorescent Lights: These are low power consumers and produce little heat. However, they’re not very flexible because they only reach through 45cm of plant canopy and their performance significantly drops after six months so the bulbs should be replaced.
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lights: These are intended for serious indoor growers and come in five different parts. The lighting produced are very effective and the bulbs last around a year. Needless to say, they’re very expensive and use a lot of power.
- Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) Lights: These are one of the most recent lighting technologies. They produce no heat and have very little power consumption so the bulbs rarely need to be replaced. LED technology has advanced and gone cheaper within the past few years, but they’re still not as effective as other forms of grow lights yet.
To find out more about grow lights, I highly recommend that you read our article on how to choose the right grow lights for your aquaponics system.
When you grow vegetables indoors using aquaponics, it allows for all year round gardening simply because the environment is controlled. It may cost a bit more, but it saves you time from transporting the system during winter months compared to if your aquaponics system was based outside instead.
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