Aquaponics is a food production system that is established in a symbiotic environment whereby aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish and crayfish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) are combined.
In Aquaponics, fish and plants work together in a recirculating ecosystem that uses natural microbes to convert fish waters into plant nutrients. This self-container water recycling system and natural food growing method is beneficial for both fish and plants, as it harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics without having to use harmful chemical fertilizers.
You will need a minimum of 12 square feet. Find an open area where you can walk around your system and allow your plants to grow upwards. Keep your aquaponic system in a covered and shaded area (the sun often promotes algae and bacteria growth, which isnʻt good for your fish or plants).
Benefits of Aquaponics
- Reduces carbon footprint
- Less land needed to produce crops
- Reduction in transportation of produce
- Saves water
- No need for artificial fertilizers
- Creates job opportunities
- Provides healthy and nutrient rich organic foods for consumers
- Creates business opportunities
- Low cost for production
- Requires less resources to maintain
- Yields can be sold for profit