Best fish for small aquaponics

Aquaponics can save you of your daily trips to the supermarket and offer you tasty, healthy vegetables for your entire family. But for this you need to take great care of the fish, which will basically make your plants grow healthy and beautiful. It is an eco-friendly way to both grow greens and proteins.

What is Aquaponics?

More and more people use Aquaponic farming systems .When done right, it can offer you tasty and cheap vegetables and legumes as well as healthy fish all year long. However, in order to obtain the best results you will first need to have some basic information about what aquaponics means and how can you make the most of it.
Aquaponics is a new type of farming which relays on the symbiosis between plants and fish. The fish provide the necessary food for the plants; while the plants, by absorbing the fish’s excrements clean their water. Thus the plants make the fish’s environment a “comfortable” place.
On the other hand the fish provide the plants with all the nutrients they need. There is no need for you to use any pesticides or fertilizers to make your plants grow bigger and stronger. Actually it would damage the fish as they are highly sensitive on chemicals.

As you can see the fish you put inside the tank play a great role in the success of your aquaponic farming. This is why, you will need to take good care of them and at the same time pay attention to that type of fish you choose.

But what fish is the most suitable for an aquaponics system?

While basically all types of fish are suitable for an aquaponic system, there are states in which different species of fish are not allowed to be grown inside a residential home. Thus, before populating your tank with fish make sure that you are allowed to grow that type of fish in your home.
The species of fish which are recommended for the aquaponic system are:

tilapia

Tilapia

  • Tilapia
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Chinese Catfish
  • Sunfish
  • Pacu

This list is not an exhaustive one and according to the country or state in which you live you can always try some different types of fish. As well as you take good care of them and your fish are happy, there are great chances that your aquaponic farm system will give you great results in no less than a year.

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