What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics where fish, microbes and plants all thrive together in a symbiotic relationship, helping each other to grow naturally, organically without the need for outside chemical inputs. Once the bio-mechanical system is setup and balanced, it requires very little maintenance unlike soil-based farming which must contend with pests, weeds and fungi.

Benefits of Aquaponics

  • Aquaponics uses up to 98% less water than conventional farming methods!
  • Aquaponics produces up to 10 times more vegetables and crops in the same amount of space and time!
  • Aquaponics uses up to 75% less energy than almost any other farming method!
  • Aquaponics is guaranteed to be free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals!
  • Aquaponics require only about 1/2 the labor required by almost all other food production methods!
  • Aquaponics virtually eliminates weeds, pests, diseases, viruses and pathogens for both aquatic and plant life alike!
  • No soil is required in Aquaponics enabling otherwise “undesirable” land or brown sites to be used to produce fresh, organic vegetables, fruit and fish!
  • Virtually any type of fruit or vegetable can be grown in an Aquaponic system.
example of aquaponics system
An example of an Aquaponics system
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3 thoughts on “What is Aquaponics?

  1. Ii work in Pittsburgh and would love to visit. I learned about aquaponics from a yahoo group i belong to and would love to build a small system at home.

  2. Hi, can you tell me when your next open house is going to be? I see I missed one in October. I am laying out the plans to build an aquaponics vegetable garden in my basement and need some advice and guidance on a number of things I am planning with my design. If there is any chance you could email me, I have a lot of questions and I think you’re the best person to answer them. My email is aaronestein (AT) gmail (dot) com -just avoiding the email scanner bots 🙂 Thanks, Aaron

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