Sunday, 1 July 2012

Starting Your Own Home Aquaponic Business or Hobby

Starting your own business may be a daunting task as most of the activities require special skills and tones of money to invest. While one may acquire the necessary skills, the money is not an easy to solve issue. However, there is one business which requires minimum investment and which pays off in less than a year. It is called aquaponics or aquaponic farming and can change your life for good.

Aquaponics involves growing vegetables using the water from your fish tank. You just have to place the fishes in a tank, wait for about a month until the water has enough bio-nutrients to feed the plants, then you can propagate the seeds. The plants will feed on the nutrients released by the fish in the water, thus cleaning and refreshing it, while the fish will enjoy a clean and safe environment where they can live properly.

There are multiple advantages of starting such a business. First, as mentioned previously there are very few costs associated with it, so even if you have a tight budget for starting a business you will still manage to purchase all the things you need.  Also, the maintaining costs are very low, so that you will produce organic food with little investment which will enable you to sell your products cheaper than they can be found nowadays on the market. This will bring you more clients and thus more profit.

Unlike other businesses, where you need to rent an office or an industrial place where you can develop your business, aquaponic farming does not require a large space. Your garage or a room from your house is perfect. Just make sure that you have enough light for the plants to grow normally.

Another great advantage of the aquaponic farming is that you will have, from the start, diversified merchandise. You will not only be able to plant and sell different types of vegetables, but you can also sell fish, which will bring you even more profit. In addition to that, you will have enough veggies and herbs for your consumption, too so there will be no need for you to continue buying them from the market. Thus you will save some extra money which can go on your other needs and pleasures!

What Are the Most Suitable Fish for Home Aquaponics?

Aquaponic farming can offer you great satisfactions: tasty and cheap vegetables and legumes as well as healthy fish during all year round. However, in order to obtain the best results you will first need to have some basic information about what aquaponics means and how can you make the most of it.

Aquaponics is a new type of farming which relays on the symbiosis between the plants and the fish. This means that the fish provides the plants the necessary food while the plants, by feeding on the fish’s excrements clean their water, thus making their environment a “comfortable” home. Because the fish are highly sensitive on chemicals, but also because they provide the plants with all the nutrients they need, there will be no need for you to use any pesticides or fertilizers to make your plants grow bigger and stronger, thus obtaining fresh, healthy and organic veggies without too much struggle.

As you can see the fish you put inside the tank play a great role in the success of your aquaponic farming. This is why, you will need to take good care of them and at the same time pay attention to that type of fish you choose. While basically all types of fish are suitable for the aquaponic system, there are states in which different species of fish are not allowed to be grown inside the house. Thus, before populating your tank with fish make sure that you are allowed to grow that type of fish in your home.

The species of fish which are recommended for the aquaponic system are Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Chinese Catfish, Tilapia, Koi, Largemouth and Bluegill. However this list is not an exhaustive one and according to the area and state in which you live you can always try with some different types of fish. As well as you take good care of them and your fish are happy, there are great chances that your aquaponic farm will give great results in no less than a year!

Aquaponics can spare you of your daily trips to the market and offer you tasty, healthy vegetables for your entire family. But for this you need to take great care of the fish, which will basically make your plants grow healthy and beautiful.