Aquaponics = Growing Fish + Plants

Aquaponics increases yields and uses 90% less water!

The Aquaponics Association clearly depicts the cycle
The Aquaponics Association clearly depicts the cycle





















The marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants).  Aquaponics capitalizes on the benefits and eliminates the drawbacks of each system.  Fish waste provides food source for the plants. Plants provide a water filter for the fish.  Microbes (nitrifying bacteria) and composting red worms that thrive in the growing media do the job of converting the ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, then into nitrates and the solids into vermi-compost that that is food for the plants.

A very basic Aquaponic set up
A very basic Aquaponic set up
Instead of using dirt or chemical solutions to grow plants, Aquaponics uses highly nutritious fish effluent that contains all the required nutrients for optimum plant growth. This water can be reused indefinitely and will only need to be replaced when it is lost through transpiration and evaporation.
There are many ways to set up a high yield Commercial Aquaponics system
There are many ways to set up a high yield Commercial Aquaponics system

Problems with traditional soil-based gardening

  • The weeds
  • The amount of water required
  • The soil-borne insects
  • The heavy digging, bending & back strain
  • The bunnies,raccoons, 4-legged pests
  • When & how to water and fertilize
  • How is Aquaponics better?

  • Eliminates weeds and back strain.
  • No toxic run-off.
  • Cut water use by 90%.
  • No under or over watering.
  • Eliminates many garden chores.


    Click here to go to the Aquaponics Association website and learn more.