What Grows?Almost Everything.
Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Flowers & FishThe SRS™ allows you to grow nutrient rich food that you’re family likes, as well as herbs and flowers. With creative trellising, even vine plants will thrive. Produce that grows well in your climate will be what grows best with your SRS™. See a list of possibilities below.
All of these have been grown successfully in our Simple Raft System™ as well as many others unlisted.
A Plant in our SRS™ Aquaponic System
- Root Crops: Turnips, Beets, Radish, Onion, and Round Carrot. They will put the bulb on top of the raft.
- Cucumbers, Zucchini, Squash, Okra, Eggplant
- Corn, Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers
- Beans, Leeks, Tomatoes, Peas
- Leaf lettuce, Head Lettuce
- Cabbage, Mustard Greens, Turnip Greens, Collard Greens
- Bok Choi, Kale
- Tobacco, Ghost Peppers
- Fruit: Melons, Strawberries, even Bananas, Kiwi, and Papaya
Just like the gasoline in your car or the grass in your cow, the fish are the fuel that makes the ‘aquaponic motor run”.
We need a fish that will breathe, eat and excrete waste. Pretty simple, right? Virtually any freshwater fish will work, whether it be meat fish or ornamental fish.
In the US about 90% of the fish we eat are imported. Over 50% of all the fish we consume are farm raised. Now you can raise clean, healthy fish, in your own backyard with your Perpetual Food Simple Raft System™.
Our recommendation? Tilapia. Here’s why…
- Hardy, can tolerate drastic water chemistry changes other fish can’t
- Excellent table fare, mild flavor
- Grow fast, excellent feed conversion
- Easily & aggressively reproduce- buy your starters once and have an endless supply of fish
- Omnivores, will eat both meat and vegitation
Even if you’d like to use ornamental fish long term, we recommend starting with Tilapia to get established due to their hardiness and ease of growth.
Trellising & Practicality
Trellising: The nutrient rich water provides everything that the soil will provide to the plant with the exception of support. With creative trellising, you can grow most anything.
Some plants require unique support methods. Trellises are used for tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and small melons. Large melons and other vine crops are often grown near the edge of a grow bed so the vine can sprawl on the ground while the roots remain in the aquaponic system.
Practicality: It’s best to stick with plants that will yield well in relation to your space, and climate zone. Corn, rice and grain may grow well, but not necessarily a practical use of space.
Novelty: An Alabama grower has a several-year-old bell pepper plant over thirty feet long, wrapped around a greenhouse and still producing peppers. However, a thirty-foot pepper stalk that produces one or two peppers a year is unique, but not efficient or productive.
Higher Production, Faster Growth
Aquaponic plants are more productive and faster growing than their soil based counterparts. Aquaponics is a fantastic and beneficial food production method.
Why a Plant in an SRS™ Aquaponic System has higher production & faster growth:
- puts no energy into moving soil or rocks
- puts no energy into finding nutrition
- puts no energy into finding water
- never competes with weeds or other plants
- is never stressed by lack of water
- 100% of the used energy goes into plant production