Aquaponics is a hybrid between aquaculture (the raising of fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Essentially, the fish waste water is filtered by living bacteria, redworms, and plant roots, feeding them nearly all the nutrients they need to thrive, and then is returned cleaned to the fish tank.
I have a 5 month old system running with in a very small backyard greenhouse with a variety of plants. I will give a tour of the system and all its living things.
- fish and their care
- fish food
- plumbing and siphons, etc
- plant nutrients
- pests, beneficial insects
- PH and chemistry,
- supplements to the system
- and many other things that arise when running these systems.
Before my system, I almost never spent any time in my back patio. Now that the aquaponcis system is in place, it creates such a happening little ecosystem that I can hardly stay away! The water feature, the warmth, and the diversity of plants attracts all sorts of biological intrigue. It has taught me more about plants, nutrients, and pests, than my previous 15 plus years of soil gardening and foraging in less than a year!
This is something I’m eager to share with others and I think would benefit not only someone wanting to start an aquaponcis system, but gardeners and foragers to gain a better understanding of plants, water, and ecology. And the fish are super fun to watch, I’ll make sure I won’t feed them that day until the tour begins.
I’m having tours scheduled for the following dates:
July 12, Saturday 10:00am until 11:30 am
August 10, Sunday 10:am until 11:30 am
But I also offer private tours of the aquaponics system, just send me an email and we can arrange a time.
The location is in Walnut Creek and will be emailed to you after registration.