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Aquaponics: 10 Best Fish & Plants to use!

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals, and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil. Aquaponics uses these two in a symbiotic combination in which plants are fed the aquatic animals’ waste. In return, the vegetables clean the water that goes back to the fish.

Along with the fish and their waste, microbes play an important role to the nutrition of the plants. These beneficial bacteria gather in the spaces between the roots of the plant and converts the fish waste and the solids into substances the plants can use to grow. The result is a perfect collaboration between aquaculture and gardening. Read more..

What are the best Fish to use?

  • tilapia

  • blue gill/brim

  • sunfish

  • crappie

  • koi

  • fancy goldfish

  • pacu

  • various ornamental fish such as angelfish, guppies, tetras, swordfish, mollies

What plants will work best?

  • Any leafy lettuce

  • pak choi

  • kale

  • swiss chard

  • arugula

  • basil

  • mint

  • watercress

  • chives

  • most common house plants

Plants that have higher nutritional demands and will only do well in well established aquaponic systems:

  • tomatoes

  • peppers

  • cucumbers

  • beans

  • peas

  • squash

  • broccoli

  • cauliflower

  • cabbage

These are other crops grown in aquaponics systems:

  • bananas

  • dwarf citrus trees: lemons, limes and oranges

  • dwarf pomegranate tree

  • sweet corn

  • micro greens

  • beets

  • radishes

  • carrots

  • onions

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