Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics used for growing plants. Backyard aquaponics in Australia can be succesfully used to grow healthy vegetables and fish simultaneously.
There are a few different designs for aquaponics systems but basically aquaponics works by using fish waste to feed the plants, which in turn filters the water and returns clean water to the tank. By harnessing this cycle you can provide great natural fertiliser to your plants while simultaneously growing healthy fish.
Aquaponics in Australia is limited to a few commercial growers and hobbyists but is gaining recognition as an effective and rewarding way to grow food. Small efficient aquaponics systems can be setup on balconies, or areas with limited space, to produce healthy vegetables and fish for consumption.
Fish used for aquaponics in Australia should be selected differently for the region you’re in so no heating or cooling of water is required through the seasons.
Aquaponics kits are available for purchase from aquaponics stores in Australia if you want a ready made solution.
To create a basic backyard aquaponics system at home you’ll need:
- Fishtank (fibreglass)
- Growbed (fibreglass)
- Water Pump
- Pipe and Fittings
- Grow media (Clay Pebbles)
- Fish Food
- Aerator pump for fish
Aquponics can be a tricky system to get started but once you have established a balanced setup for your fish and vegetables to live in harmony you will be rewarded with great tasting vegetables and fish.
Checkout this aquaponics video featured on Gardening Australia: