What is Aquaponics

AQUAPONICS is the integration of two agricultural practices, Aquaculture and Hydroponics which yields a farming system that provides plant crops and fish. The methodology does not utilize artificial fertilizers.
Aquaculture – The cultivation of aquatic organisms under controlled or semi controlled conditions.
Hydroponics – Growing of plants in an inert media (soil less) using a nutrient rich chemical based solution .
The combination of these agricultural methods create a hybrid system that is efficient, natural and environmentally friendly.

What can be grown in an Aquaponics System

Vegetables & Fruits

Vegetables & Fruits Nearly any type of crops can be grown in aquaponics systems but leafy green vegetables and other short term vegetables crops are more profitable. Common products are;
1. Lettuce, chive, celery
2. Sweet pepper, hot pepper, melongene, tomatoes
3. Ornamental plants (flowers)
4. Fruits


Fish species to be used for food or ornamental purposes can be grown in aquaponics systems. Common examples are: Tilapia, Cascadurua, Koi, Goldfish

How Aquaponics Works

What does this mean?

For a commercial producer or farmer:

Space saving designs can maximize under utilized land space and does not require arable land.
Increased production over traditional methods leads to increased profit.
Ability to produce high quality protein (fish) and vegetables simultaneously.
Can produce ornamental species of plants and fish.
Organic/Naturally grown produce is a trending niche market, and organic food products fetch higher prices.

Advantage of Aquaponics

Uses 80% less water for plant production than traditional farming methods.
High stocking density of fish due to recirculating methodology. (0.7 lbs per gallon)
Increased yield & faster growth rates of fish and plants due to continuous ideal conditions.
Can obtain fish and plant production year round.
Natural Pest control by intercropping with Allelopathic plants.
Low maintenance (Therefore no need for; weed control and tillage)
There is no need for artificial fertilizers and pesticides.
Can be done virtually anywhere.
The plant component is a functional bio filter and also generates income.