onsdag den 2. januar 2013

Aquaponics 14: More Success! Radishes everywhere!

Hello all,
If you think I was happy when I saw the first radish, you are correct. And that feling lasted all day as more little sprouts kept shooting up. This is from the morning of the fifth day after sowing:

Best radishes anywhere, right here in my Aquaponic system :-)

Sixteen sweet little beauties. Although I do not really like radishes, the wife does so its really important that at least one of these continues to grow and shows that the concept works!
Thats pretty good for five days, right? I honestly have no idea, but it feels amazing!

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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