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.
Getting the right grow bed for your media based is critical to your system’s success, as it is one of the main components of a media based aquaponics system. It is the foundation of your media based system and the place where plants are grown and nurtured. This article will discuss the necessary factors you need to consider in order to choose the right grow bed for your media based aquaponics system.
Algae growth is a common problem for aquaponics systems that can confuse new aquaponics growers. Algae growth is normal when raising fish, but it can get out of hand if preventive measures are not taken.
There are many good reasons why aquaponics growers support the idea of adding worms to their aquaponics systems. Worms feed on small decomposing organic particles, break down the fecal bits, dead roots, and other solid materials, preventing them from blocking the grow beds.