What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is fairly new method of growing food that combines hydroponics - which grows plants in water, with fish. Aquaponics hacks biology by combining a self cleaning fish tank with a self watering plant to form a more sustainable and efficient way of growing food.
While aquaponics is a technology that has just begun to emerge, it has been around and has been tested for hundreds of years.
The process is pretty simple:
We think aquaponics is awesome! In fact:
- It uses only 5% the amount of water that traditional gardening uses. A traditional garden as small as 15 square feet can use 10 gallons of water per week, whereas an aquaponic garden would only use a half gallon!
- It typically also uses only 1/6 of the space. Because plants in an aquaponics system aren't competing for nutrients like they would in soil, they can be planted much closer together, so more plants can grow in the same area.
- It requires very little maintenance as it is a closed loop and self watering. You'll never have to weed or water your plants again.
- Since aquaponics doesn't require land or fertile soil, it can be implemented almost anywhere - including urban areas, schools, and adverse climates. Plants can also be grow indoors.
- No harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers are required! Aquaponics uses the natural fertilizer from the fish to function.