Aquaponics has changed our lives.

One reason that I have become so enthusiastic about Aquaponics, is my wife’s wholehearted support.

For those of you who have been on another planet over the last couple of months, here is a quick and easy definition of Aquaponics.

Aquaponics is by definition, the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil). One of the most difficult (and costly) elements of fish farming is the filtration process, and in hydroponics, it is in providing nutrients to the plants without using soil. The beauty of aquaponics is that in combining the two, they equal out the negative aspects in each of them. No filtration is needed and no additional nutrients and fertilisers need to be added.

Nutrient rich fish water is pumped from fish ponds into gravel beds, where plants growing in the gravel, extract the nutrients from the water. The water then drains back into the fish tank cleaned of excess nutrients and freshly oxygenated. The system uses no chemicals, and produces no wastes, and uses about one tenth of the water used in soil grown vegetables, all on a very small land footprint.

At first I was a bit apprehensive about the capital cost, and I expected my wife to put the brakes on, but for some reason or other, she gladly approved the budget.

Her attitude appears to be that my involvement in my system will give her more time to do the things SHE wants to do. She has even offered to feed the fish while I’m out of town.

I always struggled to get her to help me when we were growing our veggies in soil, and she grumbled and complained continuously. I don’t know what her problem was, but I can honestly say that Aquaponics has greatly improved our relationship. She isn’t getting as much exercise, so she has got a bit chubby, but hey, at least she has the energy now to keep the beers coming.

Aquaponics has changed our lives.

Here’s a photo from when we still grew our veggies in the soil.




P.S. I’m the one doing the more “technical” work, steering the plow from the back.


10 thoughts on “Aquaponics has changed our lives.”

  1. Hahaha !! Good one ! The photos for the last two posts seem somewhat familiar 🙂 hahaha..

    Now you just need to use solar panels to run the pumps before Eskom screws up the whole lot for you…

  2. Watt (sorry could not help myself) do you feed the fish? If it is the same nosh as your ‘wife in the photo gets’ your pond will be to small.Have you thought about opening a fishing spot for tag and release? Hey now you blog is getting all technical. How about a few Zuma stories for a change. To hell with the fish and veg thing get the stuff from Woolies man.This joint is burning my fingers. Hey it is a joint of meat. Irish lamb to be exact.No Tk cabbage here.

  3. Lex,

    The Tilapia currently eat pellets, but I am trying to wean them off of bought food and feed them peelings and off-cuts of veggies.

    Tilapia are great fun to catch and readily take a fly, but are sometimes a little “too easy”.

    Check this video out;

    Now you want Zuma stories? Last week you wanted “fishies”. Hang you’re difficult to please.

    Enjoy your “joint”.


  4. Imagine if they are so easy to catch(as the video) and you have to tag and release. The fish would be buggered trying to swim with all the tags on their fins.How do you catch fish if you can not count to ten? What is in the pellets? Are they special for this type of fish or can you buy in bulk for the dogs,cats,pensioners and fish? What if there is fish in the pellets and you start a strain of Mad fish diesese (MfD)? Sounds bad hey?You be careful and remember that growing TK cabbage is not good. By the way where is the guy from Malawi? He is back hey? Well done.

  5. Tilapia are vegetarian so the pellets are all veg based. They do eat anything though and would gladly take a cat/dog/pensioner pellet. They’ll also take a mozzie or dragonfly landing on the water. Joshua is due back any day (according to my other gardener, Obvious.) Nicely rested and visited the family free thanks to the Dept. Home Affairs.

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