What is “Aquaponics” ?

….. the future of agriculture !

The word Aquaponics comes from the joining of ‘Aquaculture’, the growing of fish in tanks or ponds and ‘Hydroponics’, the growing of plants in water.  Aquaponics systems have three main components – Fish, Plants and Microbes. The microbes are a commonly overlooked part of the aquaponic system, but they do the most important work in the nutrient cycle.

In aquaponics, the nutrient rich water from raising fish provides a natural fertilizer for the plants and the plants help to purify the water for the fish.  See the illustration on the right >>>>

benefits


  • Fish are free of growth hormones and antibiotics.
  • Fish are free of mercury contamination.
  • Aquaponics reduces fish species depletion.
  • Aquaponics uses 90% less water for the same amount of produce.
  • All natural fertilizer comes from the fish waste.

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  • Aquaponics systems are considered to be more pathogen-free and healthier than other food producing systems, including hydroponics!
  • There are more than 240 “friendly” micro-organisms in an aquaponic ecosystem that act as microscopic defenders, protecting the plants and fish from invading pathogenic organisms. 
  • No soil is used in an aquaponics system thereby eliminating any soil borne diseases.

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  • There is no reliance on mined or manufactured fertilizers.
  • Produce is free of toxic pesticides and herbicides.
  • This integrated system is sustainable, highly productive  and earth friendly.
  • An aquaponics system uses 92% less energy than traditional agriculture.
  • The produce is grown continuously, year-round!