There are many resources available to growers wanting to grow cannabis using hydroponics, but the use of aquaponics is less explained. There some important differences between the methods that need to be considered. Using aquaponics, a combination of growing both plants and fish, is a challenge not recommended to novice cannabis growers, as the failure can mean both loss of cannabis and fish. Most plants that can be grown hydroponically are suitable for aquaponics. As far as the choice of the fish, it is recommended to use those that can live in close quarters like perch or trout. Of course, goldfish is an acceptable choice for those not interested in fish consumption. The reason cannabis can be grown this way is the abundance of nitrogen created by fish waste, along with smaller quantities of other nutrients. The pros for using aquaponics for cannabis growth is shorter harvest time and somewhat higher yields, while the main cons are complexity of the method and its cost.
- You can combine farming with growing fish for an aquaponics system that is good for growing many crops.
- While plants that are grown using hydroponics can also be grown in this manner, the fish options are more limited.
- Read on for some advantages and disadvantages to growing marijuana using aquaponics.
“In almost all aquaponics systems, water circulates between the section where plants are being grown and a separate section where fish are being raised. There are numerous configurations to achieve this.”