onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 11: Cheating at Aquaponics is better than failing?

Hello all,
Soooo, two days in and as no plants have appeared we have decided to cheat a bit :-). We have the remains of a few pots of herbs, used in the kitchen, and we've decided to plant these and see if that might work :-).

Wam-bam, suddenly the Aquaponic system turned green (although a sick shade of green). A pot of Parsley or garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum) that seems to have survived whereas the Basil, or Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) seems a bit upset by the translocation. Oh well, hopefully some of it will survive..

Cost so far: 8$ for the silicone used.

For those not yet privy to the fascinating world of Aquaponics here is what information Wikipedia provides:

Aquaponicsis a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.
Aquaponic systems vary in size from small indoor or outdoor units to large commercial units, using the same technology. The systems usually contain fresh water, but salt water systems are plausible depending on the type of aquatic animal and which plants. Aquaponic science may still be considered to be at an early stage, relative to other sciences.

Basicly, this translates into let the fish shit, let the plants grow on the shit and clean the water, and then eat all the plants yourself... more or less....

All the best,

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