Aquaponics is a sustainable soil-less closed loop system of growing fish and vegetables in a symbiotic relationship.
Ultimately it is about recycling waste into resources and generating more from less based on the input vs. output dynamic.
For every 1.2-1.4 kg of fish food put into the system about 1kg of flesh protein is produced making fish the most efficient converters of protein.
For every 1kg of fish produced it is possible to produce 30-50 kgs of vegetables.
The fish in the system add nutrients to the water in the form of waste then nitrifying bacteria break down the waste into nitrites and nitrates which provides a natural fertilizer for the plants & vegetables.
At the same time the fish benefit from the plants as the plants absorb the nutrients from the water and thus keep the system in balance, oxygenated as well as clean and free from disease. The plants act as a bio-filter.
This symbiotic process between fish and plants creates an environment that is a blend between hydroponics and aquaculture.
Blending these two systems creates a more complete system that closely mimics nature.
Here are some of the many advantages of an Aquaponics system.
Is relatively a new technique for farming, but the advantages of aquaponics farming are many and easy to understand.
Aquaponics uses no chemical fertilizers or herbicides.
Aquaponics is simple to set up and is low cost.
Aquaponics only needs 1/10th the water as compared to traditional farming techniques.
Aquaponics grows vegetables 3-18x’s faster than traditional growing.
Aquaponics is maintained in a controlled environment weather is not a major concern.
Aquaponics is not labor intensive.
Aquaponics is not energy intensive and can be powered via renewable energies.
Aquaponics can be performed on a small foot or in unused warehouse space or scrub land not intended for traditional farming, perfect for urban farming and remote communities.
Aquaponics does not pollute the land or water supply.
Aquaponics produces organic healthy fresh food which is always in high demand.