Benefits of Aquaponics
Hydroponics has always been favored by doomsday preppers, producing a substantial amount of food in a limited space. Hydroponics is ideal for urban families, as well as those in rural areas, but aquaponics takes the process further and allows for a circular design that runs almost without inference—ideal for all those preparing for natural disasters, massive political upheaval or devastating economic crises.
Aquaponics involve a unique combination of fish and hydroponics. The fish produce waste rich in ammonia, which is then broken down into nitrates by bacteria present in the system. The hydroponics system thrives on those nitrates, fertilizing the plants and creating healthy roots that also help to keep the fish habitat healthy.
Aquaponics still require an air pump for oxygen, but they use up to 90 percent less water than a traditional garden. Vegetable waste is composted to feed the fish, and fish waste is transformed into food for the plants.
Doomsday preppers appreciate the recycled designed of this system. Almost completely self-sustainable, aquaponics fits well into the criteria for “preppers.” Setting up the system requires some investment in time and money, but the cost remains comparable to many other systems commonly used by those who understand the value of preparation.
Aquaponics, along with good quality hydroponics systems, can provide a practical food source. These systems take advantage of recycling and, as long as the fish and plant life can be maintained at a healthy level, aquaponics will continue to thrive far beyond any disaster that affects our current culture.