Aquaponics is growing in popularity as a versatile method of growing nutritious vegetables while raising fish, combining hydroponic gardening with aquaculture. These systems can be built to fit almost any location, indoors or outdoors, and can be designed for almost any crop or edible fish. The fish and plants form a mutually beneficial relationship where the waste produced by the fish is used by plants as energy.
An aquaponics system
does not need to be complicated or expensive. Here are five amazingly simple aquaponics systems.
1. 20-foot PVC Aquaponics System
Create 20 feet of actual plant growing space with this simple gravity-based, PVC aquaponics system.
2. Aquaponics in a Bucket
You can start with an aquaponics system based on only 5 gallon buckets. In this scenario, you’ll be using goldfish, which of course you won’t be eating, but at least you’ll get started on a system that where you can make mistakes without it costing you much money. Here’s a diagram of the components of a basic bucket system.
3. The Aqualibrium Indoor Growing System
The reality is that not everyone has a yard or patio, even for a small rudimentary bucket system. For millions of us living in apartment buildings, space may not always be available for an aquaponics system. Here’s a concept that makes aquaponics available to anyone, allowing you to grow herbs and all sorts of greens indoors, and the design makes this system a nice addition to your living space. The Aquilibrium indoor aquaponics system can be purchased here.
4. Shelfponics Vertical Growing System
Here’s another brilliant DIY aquaponics system created by GardenPool.org. It fits into a corner and uses only a 10 gallon aquarium and a utility shelf. For a full set of materials and assembly instructions, CLICK HERE.
5. Easy and Affordable Backyard Aquaponics
If you have the space in your yard and prefer to build a system outside, this is a very simple system that will cost only about $150 in supplies and take a day or two to construct. This video does a great job explaining all of the supplies needed and how to put together to create this system.