System Placement & Conclusion
Now that you are more aware of all the ins and outs of an aquaponics system, you might be wondering where it all should go. Serious enthusiasts often have greenhouses to hold their systems but unless you already have one to use, that is probably too big a step just now. That could be something to keep in mind though. Not only will a system be quite large once you add on a few more tanks and some extra grow beds, there is climate control issues to keep in mind (mainly light, heat and humidity). Having all of that outside of your home can be a nice idea, though certainly not a necessity.
Typically, a garage or basement would work for a starter set-up as long as you can keep the temperatures in the right ranges. These types of rooms or spaces tend to be pretty cold, depending on where you live. A spare bedroom is another option that might be easier if you can do without the space in your daily life.
Having an aquaponics arrangement outdoors (no greenhouse) is actually another possibility but probably not where you want to start. Adding in the uncontrollable environmental factors can make it even tougher for a beginner to get their system functioning smoothly. Then again, natural sunlight, beneficial insect populations and rain water could all be considered added benefits if you know what you're doing. It can still be done and it can sometimes be your only option when indoor space is limited.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, the world of aquaponics can be a complicated one. Don't let that discourage you though. It's a fabulous hobby that can be very profitable in your search for self-sufficiency. Bringing home-raised fish as well as produce to the table is a great reward at the end of all your hard work.
Read through all the information in this book and start building. A small system with a single grow bed and tank of fish is the way to go. Don't get too enthusiastic or it will all get away from you. Gaining your own experience through trial and error is always going to teach you far more than any book, so don't be afraid to get your hands dirty (or wet).
And if you're worried about the cost of all this stuff, just remember that many aspects that have been talked about can be added on as you go. With a little creativity and elbow grease, you can do a lot of DIY to get it started. And isn't that part of the self-sufficiency mindset anyway?
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