Aquaponics is the ultimate system for home food production.
In a small space, you can grow both vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible fish.
It can be as simple or complex, and as small or large as you want
There are several types of systems that are used in commercial aquaponics but the most common system for a backyard is the CRS (Closed Reciprocating System) which also sometimes referred to as flood and drain cycles. Water flows through the gravel beds at intermittent times (controlled by a timer) to provide a more aerobic environment for the plants (i.e. providing greater access to oxygen) and prevent the chance of root waterlogging and rot.
A typical Closed Reciprocating System has the following components:
The filtration system may include various mechanisms such as:
You can get a solid understanding of the concept by simply reading our ebook; or if you want to take it a step further, study our aquaponic course and get all the support you need from a team of tutors including professional aquaculture and horticulture scientists.