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Lesson 3.2: Apocryphal Aquaponics

Frogaquaponics and Wicking bed

What does Frogaquaponics mean? And what exactly a Wicking bed is?

An example of exotic aquatic animals you can raise in your Aquaponic kit is the African dwarf or the clawed frog. We named this less-known type of Aquaponics to ornamental use: Frogaquaponics.

Whereas if you already have an Aquaponic system to grow veggies. Perhaps you are interested in farming roof plants, tubers and bulbs as well. Then, you can implement a Wicking bed as integrative growbed of your backyard Aquaponic system. But also it serves as additional biofilter.

In short, in this lesson of our Aquaponics Manual we outline the features of these two use of Aquaponic innovation. Actually the Wicking bed isn’t properly Aquaponics, since it doesn’t involve the breeding of aquatic animals. Though it is a solution devised to grow the plants that are sensitive to humidity. And consequently being deployed as an extension of your backyard Aquaponic system,we choose to include it in our list of apocryphal Aquaponics.

For what concerns Frogaquaponics, we found just one case on the net. Nevertheless, we think that African dwarf frog can be a curious alternative to Betta fish for an Aquaponic kit. Or even its eventual companion. In fact this species of frogs lives peacefully with any tropical fish or shrimp, that is neither its predator or prey. Obviously frogs as turtles are at risk of salmonella. So, it’s advisable to choose only ornamental plants to cultivate in your Aquaponic aquarium.

 

        = advantages  ×= disadvantages

frogaquaponics

 

wicking bed

 

Bibliography: 

  • http://aquaticfrogs.tripod.com/id13.html
  • http://aquaticfrogs.tripod.com/id1.html
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8RohnnAJtY
  • https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/diy-instructions/wicking-bed-construction/
  • https://permaculturenews.org/2011/06/20/from-the-bottom-up-a-diy-guide-to-wicking-beds/

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Davide Di Crescenzo subDavide Di Crescenzo is a marine biologist and an international Aquaponics expert who aims to share his 9-year expertise in the field.

 

He worked as consultant and official speaker for FAO to foster a sustainable development of Eastern Countries.

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