Tilapia Why are Tilapia extremely popular in aquaponic systems?? They are easy to breed. They are fast growing. Can withstand very poor water conditions. Consume an omnivorous diet and are good eating.
Bacteria plays an important role in the Nitrogen cycle. Through a natural process, the cycle is broken down as follows… Fish excrete ammonia. Bacteria eats ammonia and converts to nitrite which is then converted to nitrate. Nitrate happens to be the favorite food of plants.
The Benefits of Aquaponics Its cuts down your grow time. It can be done anywhere as it does not rely on “good soil.” It produces both meat (fish) and vegetables. Just a small area of 10’ x 20’ can produce enough food to feed 20-30 people.
What is Hydroponics? Plants are grown without soil Water and nutrients supplied through a plant tray Conditions are customized based on the needs of the plant In some cases support structures are built to support the body of the plant
Maintaining a Plants Growth Cycle Natural lighting provides energy necessary for photosynthesis Minerals, oxygen and water delivered through the root system The lack of soil removes insect concerns, eliminating the need for pesticides Plants are carefully supervised so they maintain the ideal level of growth
No soil is necessary. It’s stable and produces high yields. There is no damage from pesticides. The controlled system means that no nutrition pollution is released into the environment. Lower nutrient requirements due to control over nutrient levels. Lower water requirement as water stays in the system and can be reused.