Fish and plants, along with the bacteria, are the main components of an aquaponics system. The waste produced by fish is used as the source of nutrients for the plants to thrive. This article will discuss what fish and plants need to thrive in an aquaponics system for a successful and higher yield.
Aquaponics combines aquaculture (the growing of fish and other aquatic animals) and hydroponics (the growing of plants without soil) in one recirculating environment. In aquaponics, the fish produce waste that is converted by the nitrifying bacteria into nutrients for the plants. Plant roots absorb these nutrients to thrive. In return, the plant roots clean and filter the water for the fish to live.
One of the first questions that come to mind to any aquaponic beginner is, does aquaponics really work? This question is quite tricky, but most if not all aquaponics systems produce optimal yield when they are properly planned and maintained. Here are some tips on what you can do to maintain the proper conditions of your aquaponics system for it to be successful and produce a higher yield.