What is Aquaponics: Green & Sustainable Food Production

Aquaponics Setup

Aquaponics is an exciting new green and sustainable approach to food production that combines growing fish and vegetables through a mutually beneficial relationship. Essentially Aquaponics is the combination of two commonly known systems, Hydroponics and Aquaculture.

A Hydroponic system is an excellent way to grow plant life with their roots submerged in nutrient-rich water however this water needs constant changing due to the large amount of chemicals and salts that build up in the tank and will become poisonous to the plant life.

Aquaculture systems are centered on the growth of fish in a pond or tank. Fish are stocked very heavily in aquaculture systems consequently the water becomes very polluted with toxic high ammonia waste . The water must be changed daily in order to ensure the survival of the system. By combining two systems into one the shortcomings of each become a benefit.

In an Aquaponic system you take the water that would be wasted and recirculate it between the plants and fish to benefit from the negatives of the two systems. In a simple Aquaponic system you take a bulk container and convert it to a grow bed for the plants. The water is pumped up from the fish tank into the grow bed. This water then filters through the roots back down into the tank. When the water is pumped through the grow bed, the plants extract the water and nutrients needed to grow and in turn cleaning the water for the fish. This creates a symbiotic relationship between the plants and fish.

Aquaponic systems open up a whole new world to farming and have alot of big positive factors and little to no negative factors. To start with an Aquaponic systems can practically take care of its self. Due to symbiosis, the system is self-cleaning and self-regulating. Another positive aspect is that Aquaponic systems are completely scalable. You can have a back yard sized system to a agribusiness sized system. Aquaponics is an exciting way to provide food for your family in a sustainable environmentally friendly way. It also can be a great business opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Aquaponics Fasts Facts
  • Combines The Aquatic Production of Fish and Vegetables
  • Removes the Shortcomings of Both Systems
  • Is Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly
  • Great Family Food Source
  • Great Business Source

You can learn more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaponics

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