Posted on September 1, 2013 by Nikki Fotheringham
Well that’s a sentence I never really thought I would have the pleasure of writing, but with aquaponics you can really grow amazing herbs and lettuce in your kitchen using fish poop. Anyone who has ever had fish knows just how much those suckers poop. On a scale of one to ten, cleaning out the fishbowl is a solid -1 and second only to cleaning up after a great Dane who got into your Indian food. Now you can clean your fish tank and grow plants by doing diddly squat.
Aquaponics is like hydroponics with poop. With hydroponics, plants are planted in small stones or pebbles and a cocktail of nutrients feeds and water them. Aquaponic systems also house plants in small pebbles or stone, but instead of a cocktail of nutrients, the water from your fish tank is pumped through the growing medium. Now your plants are cleaning the water while your fish are feeding your garden.
Once you set up the system, it takes almost no maintenance and results have been extraordinary with yields exceeding those from hydroponics. The thing I like most about this system is that it’s so genuinely organic. I mean what could be more organic than fish poop?
Convenience in the kitchen
Since aquaponics is a relatively new concept, proponents of these systems have had to construct their own by modifying fish tanks and hydroponic growing trays for their green homes. Now a couple of innovative entrepreneurs from Back to the Roots are making ready-to-use systems that you can just pop onto the kitchen counter.
Aquaponics requires very little maintenance and you can just set it and forget it. You get the serenity of watching your fish swim around in clean water while your plants grow. It also makes an excellent conversation piece and is known to attract unicorns.
Check out the Aquafarm from Back to the Roots. From their website: “Grow fresh produce right in the comfort of your own home – beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach and so many other delicious foods! This closed-loop eco-system uses the fish waste to naturally fertilize the plants above. In turn, the plants clean the water for your pet fish. Includes natural aquatic supplies from Home Grown Ponics and organic seeds from Seeds of Change.”