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Aquaponics System on a VERY small scale for learning
Small, Starter Aquaponics SystemI just might have room for a little demo aquaponics system to help me start learning about food production with aquaponics. An aquarium-based aquaponics system is just the right size for a classroom, apartment or beginner who wants to learn first, produce second!
I live in a third floor apartment with a tiny deck, so needless to say, I can't wiggle my toes in the rich soil of a garden. My deck isn't large enough for a Barrelponics aquaponics system, either -- which I'd love to put in.
Aquaponics is a farming technology for the future. It minimizes use of water -- with savings of up to 90% of what's needed for open field gardening or farming. With water conservation a major concern in places like Southern California (and many developing nations) we need solutions for food production.
An additional benefit of aquaponics is that it produces both protein (fish and shrimp, etc) PLUS plant foods (vegetables, berries, herbs, etc). That's a great boost for nutrition. And it is organic if you let the fish feed the plants, and the plants feed the fish! It's a closed "natural system" that cycles the water through both systems, with technology monitoring, moving and intensifying the system to high performance in small spaces. Even at the scale of an aquarium, and materials you can find around the house and in your neighborhood retail stores.