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Ever since I thought about the idea of building a rooftop garden, I have been fascinated by it. I have read about it here and there on the web and I have been thinking about the tremendous benefits it can have both for the owner and the ecosystem as a whole.

Incidently I came across a really relevant subject a few days back. The subject is called as aquaponics. It is quite easy to describe what aquaponics is all about. In aquaponics what you do is that you try to maintain a sort of multistorey plant bed. On the various levels you can sow various plants. At the bottom level you maintain some kind of an aquarium where you can keep various aquatic animals. I presume that other than fish, the more popular candidates could be shrimps and crabs.

Once you have gotten the basic infrastructure in place, you have to do a little bit more and you are done. What you essentially have to do is to have a way to pump water up from the fish tank to the plants. Thats it. The water from the fish tank has all the ingredients of a good fertilizer. Such sort of water is thought to be very good for the plants. Similarly, once this water gets consumed by the plants, it gets filtered and enters the fish-tank again. This filtered water has many micro-nutrients for healthy nourishment of the fish.

Collectively, this recycling of water from the fish-tank to the plant beds, and so on, helps in growing both the plants and fish. Indeed, there becomes a symbiotic relationship between both the fish and the plants in which they grow together. The result is that the owner can reap a lot of benefits.

Of course, I am not very well versed with the jargon of aquaponics. I came across it just by chance the other day. I wonder who sent me the link to the presentation. But I got it somehow. I did google up yesterday to see if anything like aquaponics really existed. What I found was a link to the wikipedia page of aquaponics. I read a little bit through the link just in order to get an idea on as to what that page really is about. I should confess that I only gave an eyeball to the page, and that too in order to confirm whether aquaponics really exists or not.


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