When we talk about aquaponics, we can't do so without talking about what makes it all possible. I am talking about the nitrifying bacteria, the Nitrobacter and other Nitrosomonas. Without them, the ammonia excreted by the fish would stay in the water and after passing in the grow bed, where the plants would not like the taste of it, it would go back in the fish tank.
The ammonia is very toxic for the fish and the bacteria we are talking about, are responsible for converting it into nitrites and eventually, into nitrates. But let's take a break here and dive into science a little bit.
By its nature, aquaponics demands a certain control over the growing environment and therefore, if you give nature it’s right to thrive, it will thrive. So what it does is, it delivers to the plants the exact nutrient solution and a constant source of water as well as an oxygen rich environment. The three elements, water, nutrient and oxygen are what a plant need to grow; same as us if you think about it ;)
Aquaponics is actually not such a new method of growing food. The Aztecs of the Tenochtitlan aka Mexico City were among the first to use this method, along with the famous Chinese paddy fields.
My journey into self sustainability started a long time ago, when I was introduced to growing my own greens... Actually, it was what we call permaculture and I hope to be able to share with you in the coming posts, how aquaponics tie in so perfectly with permaculture.
At the time I was only using soil and off-the-shelves fertilizers, I didn't know better. I was certain that soil needed to be treated as a plant support, in the physical sense of the term and that food for the plants was coming from adding fertilizers... There was a long way to go until I discovered the ancient secrets of aquaponics, growing plants using the fish effluent.
First, I had to start some gardening. We had just moved to Springs community and have our own little patch of grass. Let see next how I started to prepare the soil with a magic bucket.
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I am a French expat, married, dad of one, nature lover and firm believer of sustainable living. My background is leisure and tourism industry. I fell into aquaponics and now I am sharing with you my adventure.