reply to post by BadNinja68
Your misinformation astounds me.
Goto backyardaquaponics.com, practicalaquaponics.net and countless other sites.
Thousands of members living quite comfortably on this process you claim doesn't work.
I myself have an Aquaponics system that is running efficiently.
It isn't rocket science.
You are taking aspects that are true but basing your entire argument around that.
Of course the plants will die with stagnant water, so will humans.
So will fish for that matter.
But in Aquaponics, you are creating an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a set of events that perpetuate and continue the supply across the board.
Here are the main principles so that you can understand Aquaponics once and for all.
#1 - Water in a fish tank is aerated via an air pump.
#2 - Fish in a fish tank create waste, this waste is in the form of Ammonia.
#3 - Ammonia saturated water flows out of the tank and into a gravel filled grow bed.
#4 - By nature, the gravel filled grow bed will fill with beneficial bacteria.
#5 - This beneficial bacteria will convert the Ammonia in the water into Nitrites.
#6 - Another kind of beneficial bacteria will then convert the Nitrites into Nitrates.
#7 - The plants absorb the Nitrates and flourish.
#8 - The gravel grow bed fills with water and then sucks all the water out via an automatic siphon.
#9 - The siphoned water fills a sump tank that has a pump and sends it back to the Fish in the tank.
BANG - That's Aquaponics 101.
Another note on aeration in an Aquaponics system.
When the gravel grow bed initiates the auto siphon, when the water level drops at a dramatic pace, it also SUCKS air through the grow bed. Bringing
fresh healthy air to roots of the plants.
Then when the bed is filled up... It is filled up with aerated water.
At no point does this system fail when all pieces are in place.
All you then need to do is maintain the system with a bit of cleaning to ensure all systems operate as designed.
What is so hard to understand about this process?
you WILL need electric power. period. no electricity.. no aquaponic garden.
This is true... For the moment.
I have recently learned of something that would allow me to replace the pump in the system with something that works in nature.
So it will reduce the power requirement to only needing power for the air pump.
Since I lack the funds for testing at the moment... I won't be posting the information on any site until I verify its effectiveness.
But beside the point... Why are you arguing that power is a bad thing?
We live in a modern world where electricity is an abundance in multiple different easily acquirable forms.
As stated previously, a single solar panel of sufficient power (IE 100W), can easily power the Aquaponics system.
edit on 10/8/2011 by Sovaka
because: More Info