15 crops that are ideal for aquaponic systems

House digest has put together a list of crops that are most suiting in an aquaponic system. Check them out below.

1. Strawberries
Sweet and undeniably delicious strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) are a great option for aquaponics. How to Aquaponic lists vertical towers and the NFT, as the best two ways to grow aquaponic strawberries.\

Strawberries require a water pH level between 5.5 and 6.5, along with temperatures that stay in the range of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Tilapia is recommended as the best fish accompaniment.

2. Tomatoes
Aquaponic tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.) will require stakes or trellises for support as they get taller, says Go Green Aquaponics. They take less time to reach maturity than those planted in the ground and may be ready to harvest in as little as 60 days. All tomato varieties are fair game. 

Tomatoes thrive in water up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit with a pH level falling between 5.5 and 6.5. Warm water fish make the best choice here, such as trout, koi, and tilapia.

3. Peppers
It's not just chili peppers, but all members of the esteemed Capsicum genus that will love an aquaponic system. High levels of direct sun exposure will play an important part in their growth. 

Consistent water temperatures hovering in the 70s Fahrenheit are important for peppers. Don't let it go below 60 or over 80 degrees. For air temperature, warm days and cooler nights work well. Like many other plants, peppers prefer a slightly acidic water pH level, but they can handle up to 7.0, which is considered neutral.

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