Ready for some serious gardening, because in the Back to the Roots Aquaponics 3 Gallon Back to the Roots Aquaponics Water Garden, you’ll get a crash-course in organic aquaponics, fish, and yummy green crops! This 3-galley fish tank instantly doubles as an indoor, self-watering garden. Not only does it self-water, it lets you to grow fresh herbs and sprouts right in your own home. This high-tech water garden is ideal for classroom projects or hands-on, grown-in family fun.
The Back to the Roots Aquaponics system allows for growing a wide range of vegetables, herbs and even fruits. In addition to growing plants, this system will also keep fish healthy and safe from predators in the tank. As with all aquaponics systems, nutrients are recycled, the waste is removed, and harmful pollutants are filtered out through the use of an air cleaner. You’ll need a deep water tank to start off with, and deeper tanks can be added as your plant grows. Your plants can grow for two years straight using this system.
Wheatgrass MicroGreens and Black Offshoots are two popular herb seeds that work very well with this type of system. They can be started by simply purchasing a starter kit from a nursery. Each kit contains everything you need to grow one growing tip, two plants, three pots, and three growing roots.
Betta fish make good subjects for indoor gardening. They are fast growing, easy to breed, and provide excellent food for your plants. However, you must keep in mind that even with an indoor aquaponics system, timing is everything. Your tilapia fish will not survive if you do not do something with the fish tank water at the right time. The best way to know when your fish are ready to be moved to the fish tank is to use a test kit.
Back, to the Roots Aquaponics is perfect for those who live in apartments or houses with limited space. One way to create your aquaponics system inside a small size fish tanks is to build a water garden. The first thing you need to do is buy a large terracotta tile or a large cardboard box. Next you need to make holes in the front of the box large enough for your fish to swim through but small enough so that no air can escape. You also need to drill small holes in the bottom of the box.
Since your water garden will be inside a small fish tank, this is one way to create your own self-cleaning fish tank. You will have a separate area for your plants as well as a small hole where you will place your fish. This method is great because the plants will grow just about anywhere. Some herb gardens on the top of the tank are even grown on the sides of this plastic tray. If you have a greenhouse, you will find this to be a great choice.
Another way to get your plants to thrive on your aquaponics fish tank is to grow mini versions of the herbs you would like to raise. By growing mini versions of the herbs you will be able to provide the same nourishment for your plants as you would for large species. One popular herb with very low maintenance is the mint. Mini versions can be grown in pots in the same way as the larger version.
There are many ways to incorporate an aquaponics system with herbs and other vegetables into your garden. With the self-cleansing small size fish tank you will be able to make sure that you provide everything your garden needs. You will have a clean healthy water garden that will provide healthy and vibrant fishes. If you are still at a loss as to how to setup your aquaponics garden consider the suggestions above. Your local gardening store should have many books available to help get you started.