Aquaponics for Food & Business
In the book Aquaponic Food Production – Raising fish and plants for food and profit we are presented with some really excellent information for someone looking to get started in aquaponics, particularly from a business perspective. The book is written by the same folks over at Aquaponics.com. There are a fair number of books about aquaponics so what angle does this book present? Aquaponic Food Production does a good job explaining the basics of aquaponics such as how by raising the fish in a recirculating system the fish waste is then converted into plant food with the help of some microorganisms which then allows the plants to clean up the water for the fish. This virtuous cycle is what gets people excited about the future of aquaponics for potentially solving some of the food supply issues facing mankind. After explaining the basics the author goes on to cover some details that may not be covered in some of the other aquaponics books.
From Aztec origins to modern implementation
The book has a really cool story about how Aztecs centuries ago were using rudimentary aquaponics to grow plants on lake water. From there the technology was refined and with the help of many modern innovations today’s aquaponic systems contain pipes, tanks, air tubes,meters, pumps, and more.
The types of aquaponics systems
Much information about aquaponics seems to focus on the media-filled bed style of aquaponics where pebbles or gravel is flooded and drained repeatedly and this is an excellent system because it serves as a great filter and home for the microorganisms not to mention that you can also introduce worms into the media to help clean it and better serve the needs of the plants. This is just one such system of aquaponics however and a great thing about this book is that they go on to cover alternatives to the flood and drain system. Aquaponic Food Production does a great job covering how to implement systems that may not be covered in detail in other aquaponics books. NFT or nutrient film technique is a system where a thin film of liquid nutrient water flows over plant roots inside channels to provide the plant roots the needed food for growth. This book shows how to implement NFT successfully in aquaponics and even includes some really excellent diagram drawings to help you learn the necessary components for such a system. The raft system is also discussed and there are great drawings for that as well that will show the necessary components for growing plants on a floating raft design.
Aquaponics is your business
Everyone should be aware of the potential benefits of aquaponics but not everyone will want to farm plants and fish themselves. For those of us interested in aquaponics as a business this book has some very useful info. It covers types of fish that can be raised, fish food types and sources, pests, nutrient issues, lighting, the importance of cleanliness in preventing disease, as well as more specific information at the end of the book about business considerations such as potential regulations and restrictions and even specific items any startup may require and will need to consider when raising capital.
If you are looking for more specific information on aquaponics this book is an excellent choice. If you specifically are interested in NFT aquaponics then this book has crucial information you may need in order to succeed.