San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 07, 2014
In the midst of summer, when children and teens often turn to video games, the internet, or television for entertainment, one author wants to engage their minds and teach them about conservation in a fun and rewarding way. Engineer and author John Choisser recently released an eBook, Tabletop Aquaponics, a step-by-step guide that shows readers how to build their very own indoor aquaponics system.
Aquaponics is the science of growing fish and plants, (usually vegetables and herbs) together in a mutually supportive environment. In this system, the plants and bacteria provide food for the fish, the fish provide nutrients for plants, and the bacteria convert harmful waste matter into beneficial forms. When working properly, a successful aquaponics system is almost completely self-sustaining and can grow healthy organic vegetables. It solves the environmental pollution problem of fish farming while producing organic vegetables: truly a win-win for all of us.
Tabletop Aquaponics is a short book written for beginners. Throughout its pages, Choisser explains the biological, botanical, chemical, and mathematical principles that make the aquaponic system work. Choisser also provides supply lists, budgets, detailed instructions, and optional math and science challenges for more advanced students. The system Choisser recommends is estimated to cost a few hundred dollars or less if the reader can scrounge used supplies. Typically ornamental fish, like goldfish, are used in learning systems, while tilapia are usually grown in commercial systems, thus producing both vegetables and protein in the same closed, recycling system, using only 10% of the water compared to conventional organic farming.
“We humans face a number of global challenges, including a growing population, clean water shortages, pressure on our food supply, and debate on how best to care for our environment,” said author John Choisser. “I think Tabletop Aquaponics can be a fun, engaging, and compelling way for kids and adults to create a self-sustaining food system in their home. This small experiment helps readers develop a problem-solving and conservation-oriented mindset that we will need for the future. It can also be a great way to use extra time during the summer and grow some delicious and healthful herbs and vegetables!”
Tabletop Aquaponics is available for sale on Amazon.com as an eBook for the price of $2.99. The book is marketed to parents, teachers, club leaders, church groups, and children interested in science. Written for ages 10 and above, the book can also appeal to adults who are interested in learning more about aquaponics. The eBook currently has a five star rating on Amazon and ranks in several of the Kindle store’s sub-genre categories.
John Choisser is an engineer, Air Force veteran, and passionate horticulturist. He has authored nine nonfiction eBooks on Amazon, including How to Build a Hanging Garden for your Balcony, Deck, Patio, or Sunroom; Malaysia Flight MH370 Lost in the Dark; and Color in Your Home – Using Paint and Fabrics to Enhance Your Interior Design. Tabletop Aquaponics is available for sale at: http://www.amazon.com/Tabletop-Aquaponics-Schools-Churches-Science-ebook/dp/B00EOD1TZ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404235090&sr=8-1&keywords=table+top+aquaponics. Learn more about John Choisser and his other works at: http://www.JohnChoisser.com.
John P. Choisser is an engineer, retired Air Force Veteran, and the author of more than nine nonfiction books on topics as varied as gardening, missing flight MH370, cooking, and choosing paint colors and fabrics for the home. Choisser received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and served in the Air Force in the Data Processing Branch of the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Directorate. He earned the Air Force Systems Command Award for Scientific Achievement and co-invented a device used in the original Hubble. His passions include aviation, gardening, cooking, and golf, and his books often spring from these topics. To learn more about John Choisser, visit http://www.JohnChoisser.com.