torsdag den 3. januar 2013

Aquaponics 15: It's alive! Alive!!

Hello all,
Day six and petite small green growths are appearing all over the grow bed! Im as thrilled as something very thrilled!
I think this is the beginnings of our first pea (Pisum sativum)

And our first lettuce plants!

And the radishes are doing excellent.
This might just work!

Cost so far: 11$ (8$ + 3$ for the silicone and one metre of new water hose).

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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