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The thing about DIY projects is once you have tackled enough of them they get a lot less intimidating. You get used to the learning curve and you get used to that aha moment when things fall into place.
However, raising plants and fish together in a basin just stands out as something that might still intimidate you!
We are talking about aquaculture, which is a system that uses fish waste and water to add nutrition to plants. This is a very interesting thing to consider but when you realize that the system can support itself it gets very exciting.
We all worry about food sources in times of disaster and emergency. Having a captive protein source is very important and requires that we are going to need to keep that source up. There is a lot to learn about hydroponically growing plants and keeping fish like Tilapia but its all possible. People are doing it all over the nation.
Here are some things to consider for your own system.
When you have fish in a captive body of water like that in an aquaponics system, you are going to face disease. To combat that be sure you read up on things like fish antibiotics. They might also have benefits to humans in a disaster.
The variety of fish you can raise goes far beyond just tilapia and has a lot to do with water temperature. Be sure that you consider this when you are planning on the species that works for you. Remember, water is pretty easy to warm up but not so easy to cool down.
Preparing for Baby Fish
Just like bringing in baby chicks you are going to need to consider what it takes to care for fingerlings and baby fish in your system. You will stock and restock your system overtime. So this is a very important step.