Aquaponics Farming Made Simple
The only thing that you have to do is place your seeds on a netting pot and voila! You will just have to wait for your plants to germinate and grow.
The only crucial part that you have to take into consideration is, planting the seeds at the right time.
It is common practice for most people to buy the fish, put them inside the tank and place the seeds in the pots simultaneously.
However, this method is one of the worst things that you can do.
The seeds may develop up to some extent but they will predictably die in a short period of time.
This is because they have consumed their own supply for growth but there are no further available nutrients in the water for them to utilize.
Knowing this, the ideal time to put the seeds in the pots is when the waste of the fish have been converted to nutrients.
The process by which nutrients can be used up by the plants is fairly simple.
After placing the fish in the tank, they will naturally release their wastes into the water.
These excretions contain ammonia which can have a toxic effect on the fish.
However, there are certain types of bacteria that convert ammonia into nitrites and then to nitrates.
Nitrates are the essential nutrients that your plants need in order to develop and grow.
By the time that these nitrates are available, you can now set your plants in the pots.
The whole process by which ammonia is transformed to nitrate, needs about three months or so to complete.
Though you have the option to add nitrates to the water before the process of ammonia-nitrate conversion completes, so you can hasten the entire process.
Most people do not prefer this because it is not the way that nature works.
But whatever method you prefer, keep in mind to always monitor the amount of ammonia, nitrites and nitrate in the water.
This serves as quality control, making sure that your water is ideal for both your fish and plants.
To sum everything up, timing is an important factor in aquaponics farming.
Plant the seeds at the right time and keep track of nutrient content in the water before and after planting.
This is one of the best ways to produce quality crops through aquaponics farming.