The biggest advantage to aquaponics is not having to purchase nutrient solution. Typically aquaponic systems are larger scale, but with the right supplies, you can build a simple single plant system to grow herbs. It’s simple to build and easy to maintain. Here’s how to build your own glass jar aquaponics herb garden.
- A large glass jar with lid ring
- 3-inch net pot
- Grow medium, I will be using hydroton clay pebbles
- Beta fish
- Aquarium water conditioner
- Plant, clone, or starter cube with seed
- Decorative rock (optional)
Steps To Building A Glass Jar Aquaponics System
You first need to what type of herb you will like to grow. I will be using basil that I started from seed in rapid rooter. You can also use a clone or transplant a dirt plant.
Carefully lace your decorative rocks in the bottom of your jar and fill it with water. There should be about an inch of air left at the top to allow the roots and the betta to take in oxygen. The plants roots should be submerged in the water. Add the recommended amount of aquarium water conditioner for a half gallon.
After the water is in order, it’s time to add the beta fish. Since your aquaponics system is new it’s best to wait for about a week to let the fish waste start to build up. This is especially true if you’re transplanting a store-bought a plant that’s already several weeks old. If starting seed in your system, then it has plenty of time to build up nutrients.
When ready, place your plant in the net pot. Spread the grow medium evenly around the plant roots. Place the net pot into the glass jar and screw the lid ring over the net pot.
Place your glass jar aquaponics herb garden in a place where it will get adequate sunlight and watch it grow.
How To Maintain Your Glass Jar Aquaponics Herb Garden
Daily-Maintaining your aquaponics system is as simple as it gets. Feed your betta fish a small amount once morning and again in the evening. Top off the water as needed, keeping some of the plant’s roots submerged.
As Needed-Anytime you have nutrient rich water there is going to be some algae growth. If your aquaponic herb garden starts developing algae, it’s time to rinse out the jar with warm water and wipe it out. You can also run water over the plant’s root system to remove algae growth. When finished cleaning, refill the jar with water, add some water conditioner and put your fish and plant back in the jar.