Aquaponics: Sounds Kinda Fishy!

the-aquaponics-cycleAccording to Wikipedia Aquaponics is “a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture with hydroponics.”

Okay, so the translation goes something like this according to Wikipedia.

In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

In the illustration you are growing fish at the same time your are growing tomatoes! You new partner in hydroponics is fish and of course, the microbes and worms serve as their assistants. Wow!

This allows you to use the contributions of the fish ecosystem to create a complete dinner from one system. You get trout almondine, with fresh tomatoes and some kale salad…sound tasty?

The development of modern aquaponics is often attributed to the various works of the New Alchemy Institute and the works of Dr. Mark McMurtry et al. at the North Carolina State University.

Inspired by the successes of the New Alchemy Institute, and the reciprocating aquaponics techniques developed by Dr. Mark McMurtry et al., other institutes soon followed suit. Starting in 1997, Dr. James Rakocy and his colleagues at the University of the Virgin Islands researched and developed the use of deep water culture hydroponic grow beds in a large-scale aquaponics system.

Watch this video:

You can learn all about aquaponics and hydroponics by attending one of our free workshop events. We will teach you how to become a grower and provide you with all of the equipment you will need to start.

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One Response to Aquaponics: Sounds Kinda Fishy!

  1. Doylene Beene October 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

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