Redefining farming starts here
Aquaponics is a sustainable and innovative method of farming that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). In this closed-loop system, the fish waste provides the nutrients necessary for the plants to grow, while the plants filter the water and keep it clean for the fish. This mutually beneficial relationship results in a highly efficient and eco-friendly method of food production. By understanding how aquaponics functions, farmers and hobbyists alike can reap the benefits of this low-maintenance and high-yield system.
The fish tank is the first component and serves as the source of nutrients for the plants. In this tank, fish are raised and fed, and as they eat and produce waste, ammonia and other nutrients are released into the water.
Vegetable grow bed
The second component is the grow bed, which is where the plants are grown. The grow bed is filled with a growing medium such as gravel or clay pellets and is flooded with water from the fish tank. As the water flows through the grow bed, the plants absorb the nutrients they need to grow, and in the process, they filter and clean the water for the fish.
Finally, a water pump is used to circulate the water between the fish tank and the grow bed. The pump moves the water from the fish tank to the grow bed, and then back to the fish tank, creating a closed-loop system.
Energy and bacteria
Beneficial bacteria are crucial in converting fish waste into nutrients for the plants to grow. Monitoring bacteria levels is important for maintaining a healthy and sustainable system.