Aquaponics is a subset of hydroponics. It derived from combining hydroponics and aquaculture. Hydroponics is the art of growing plants in water, while aquaculture is the art of cultivating aquatic animals. Combining these allows for a sustainable closed-loop system.
Similar to designing a hydroponics system, an aquaponics system oﬀers endless opportunities. Aquaponics includes essentially a hydroponics system, with the addition of aquatic animals. The most common aquatic animal used are freshwater ﬁsh such as bluegill and tilapia, although crayﬁsh and others can be used. The waste from the ﬁsh are the nutrients in which the plant roots feed on. This means no added nutrients. The plants ﬁlter the water to ensure the health of the ﬁsh. Components needed to construct the system include those in a hydroponics system, as well as a ﬁsh tank and additional ﬁlters. Maintenance includes feeding the ﬁsh and cleaning of tanks.
Aquaponics systems are a wonderful alternative. These systems allow for a symbiotic plant-animal relationship. It also allows for the harvesting of both plants and animals. A great option for a healthy, chemical-free lifestyle. AGS can design and construct a system to ﬁt your needs and lifestyle!