DIY Aquaponics system ensures regular supply of fresh, healthy, organic fruits, vegetables and fish to the family and also enables to save considerable amount of money. Instead of buying the readymade systems those who opt for the DIY system are able to save up to 75% of the cost. Moreover those who opt for the DIY system can learn more about aquaponics and can have the satisfaction of managing the aquaponics system independently.
The fundamental aspects of the aquaponics system are that water flows from the fish tank to the grow bed and again sent back to the fish tank and re-circulated. The fish species are nurtured in the fish tank and the plants are nurtured in the grow bed. The basic fact about aquaponics is that in this method the plants are grown without using soil. The plants receive constant supply of nutrients and water from the fish tank. Farm produce from the plants and fish from the fish tank are the benefits one can get from aquaponics systems. This is an organic way of farming. Hence no chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are used in this method. Mainly, vegetables, fruits, leafy vegetables and herbs are cultivated using this method.
Those who want to try the DIY aquaponics system will find it very simple and easy. Moreover, in due course, one can easily change the design, expand the system or make necessary adjustments so as to meet specific requirements. While making the aquaponics system, one can decide the size of the system and accordingly arrange for the materials.
There are a few components that are common for all designs, types and sizes. The common components are fish tank, garden, sump tank and pump. The fish tank is used for growing fish. The fish waste from the fish tank is pumped into the garden in order to nourish the plants. The plants are grown in the garden. The garden has its own watering system and water and nutrients are supplied to the garden from the fish tank. The sump tank is at the lo-west level in an aquaponics system. Prior to re-circulation the water is collected in the sump tank from the garden. The pump directs the flow of water in an aquaponics system from one part to the other.
The secondary components that are required to make the DIY aquaponics system include air pumps, tubes, plant trays, media and timers. Filters, fish and plants are the final requirements of the system.
In case the DIY aquaponics system is to be kept indoors, 5-6 hours sunlight is essential every day. Hence any place inside the house is suitable provided, there is sufficient sunlight. In case of inadequate sunlight, a hydroponic grow light may be provided. Garage, basement, front room, spare room and kitchen are the usual locations for indoor aquaponics systems. When the DIY aquaponics system is for the outdoors, the backyard is the ideal location. Veranda, porch and balcony are also suitable locations for aquaponics system.
Fish, crayfish and prawns are the usual aquatic animals that can be grown in the DIY aquaponics system.