The definition for aquaculture is “the cultivation of aquatic organisms (as fish or shellfish) especially for food to” and the definition of hydroponics is, “the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium (such as soil) to provide mechanical support”. The reason for the definitions is because aquaponics is a mixture of aquaculture and hydroponics. It is the same concept as hydroponics. The plants roots are submerged in the water with the fish waste and ammonia that are added is the part of the system that is like aquaculture. The plants absorb and suck up all the ammonia and turn them into nitrites and then into nitrogen, which then helps the plant because the plant needs nitrogen in order to live.
The aquaponic system consists of two main parts the reservoir and the grow bed. The reservoir holds the fish and the grow bed hold the plants. It works by using a pump that takes the water up to the grow bed from the reservoir and waters the plants as well as giving them nutrients from the fish such as ammonia. The fish benefit from the plants because the ammonia it produces could kill the other fish inside the tank. If there is to much ammonia the fish will die. So the plants absorb the toxic ammonia and when the ammonia is gone the water travels back down to the reservoir to the fish. If you feed your fish more than they can eat it also turns into more ammonia. So the fish help the plants and the plants help the fish.
Aquaponicss is the same as aquaculture and hydroponics. Hydroponics is growing only plants by submerging the plants roots into the water with the chemical nutrients. Also, there are no fish used in hydroponics it is only the plant. On the other hand aquaculture is the exact opposite it is only growing and breeding fish usually in concrete pools, earth ponds, and barricaded wates or just cages for the fish to live in. The enclosures named help the fish to grow and also give them protection.
There are different aquaponic systems one type is a Chinese Aquaponics system. It is believed to be invented by Doctor Song in 1990. He called it surface aquaponics. You could use this in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and pools. A specially made growing bed was used as a place to plant the seeds and grow them. This system would help when their was a shortage of food in China, but as the population increases there is less land to use.
Aquaponics is important because it helps during food shortage. It also gives you organic fruits or vegetables. Usually you will not need to put chemicals into your aquaponic system because the plants absorb the ammonia not killing the fish. The only chemicals needed for an aquaponic system is iron which helps give the plants more nutrients and it also doesn’t harm the fish. Also aquaponics is important because without it food wouldn’t grow as fast leading to more famines.
Actually there is no way you can destroy aquaponics unless the culture is forgotten but you can make a recycled aquaponic system with recycled items. Such as plastic bottles, pans, containers, tanks, and anything you can think of. It is important to me because I can grow organic vegetables and fruits without thinking about what the people who grew it used to make it grow and look better.
You can find use any kind of fish, but Tilapia or Yellow Perch are the best. They are both delicious fish to and Tilapia is very popular in the fish market recently. Tilapia grows really fast and can adapt well to almost any climate. They can also grow really big too. Tilapia also are very strong fish and don’t usually eat each other so it is safe to put them together.
In conclusion, aquaponics is good for the environment as well as fast and easy to use. Without aquaponics some people today wouldn’t have food. Also aquaponics would help the world grow, have more food, and help have less pollution when growing plants. The best part is the fish produce their own fertilizer that helps your plant grow faster. The plants in an aquaponic system can grow a few weeks to a month.
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