What is Aquaponics?
In its simplest terms, aquaponics is a form of water-based agriculture where fish and plants live and grow together in a mutually beneficial environment.
It is a complex, thriving ecosystem with numerous biological processes working together for the stability of the system. And by bringing it indoors, we're able to give nature a helping hand by optimizing the environment. What we get is reliable, year-round production of healthy, fresh produce regardless of the season.
Aquaponics has deep roots in history, dating back to the Aztecs and Eastern civilizations. Today, we are witnessing its rebirth as new applications around the world are demonstrating aquaponics' ability to meet many of the modern challenges we face with our food supplies.
How It Works
Like most things in nature, aquaponics is a continuous cycle.
It begins with us feeding the fish. The fish then produce waste which feeds beneficial bacteria in the system.
These microbes break down the waste first into nitrites and then into nitrates.
As the water passes through the roots of the plants, they absorb the nutrients they need to grow as well as filter the water that flows back into the fish tank.
Benefits of Aquaponics
Aquaponics isn't just an great way to grow healthy, delicious food. It has numerous social, economic and environmental benefits, making it ideal for our modern world.
Communities become self-sustaining
Communities gain knowledge of how food is grown
Reduction of urban food deserts
Plants are harvested for highest nutritional value, not shelf life
Food security due to year-round
Unaffected by climate change
Faster growth cycles
Reduced transportation costs
Better allocation of scarce resources