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Aquaponic Requirements

For quite a while now organic gardeners have been gathering information surrounding aquaponic requirements. What started out as a pipe dream is suddenly popping up in a lot of 'green' households and is steadily catching up with it's close relation hydroponics.

An organic garden will actually need 90% more water than an aquaponic garden to flourish properly. Aquaponics systems are also a lot easier than keeping ( or looking after ) an organic garden because fish do most of the work for you.

So what is aquaponics and what aquaponic requirements are needed to succeed? Well firstly, money is not really an important aquaponic requirement. I say this because you do not need to shell out a lot of money for a home aquaponics system.

Space is always going to be a factor when it comes to aquaponics so make sure you have enough of it. I'm not saying you need a garden full of it but you do need enough for the system to work properly. The most obvious of all aquaponic requirements is a basic fish tank - without this you are pretty much stuffed!

Choose carefully when it comes to fish tanks as the tank will directly determine the amount of fish that are going to live in your aquaponics system. The fish tank will also effect another of your aquaponic requirements - the pump. The power of the pump is going to be directly linked to the size of your aquaponics fish tank.

Another of the main home aquaponic requirements is a pH kit. You cannot just fill the fish tank with water and hope for the best - you have to consider the plants growing in the water. You have to regularly check the pH of the water in your system.

In the last paragraph I mentioned the plants that will be dangling/growing in the water. The main aquaponic requirements for these plants is support - you cannot just dump them in the water and hope they will float. Plants are not supported by soil in an aquaponics system, instead they are supported by clay or gravel.

A unique aquaponic requirement is the actual tubing used for the flow of water. The tubing will differ for every different 'type' of aquaponic system so make sure you get advice on which tube to purchase. Any local or online aquaponics store will be happy to aid you with advice on tubing.

All of these aquaponic requirements will cost you money but will not break the bank. Good luck with your aquaponics project.


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