Aquaponics is a self sustaining food production system. It combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals, mainly fish) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). I have always been fascinated by the possibilities of these water, fish, plant systems. I first became interested in this theory from reading the works of Konrad Lorenz. Lorenz would build harmonious mini ecosystems to keep his vast and sometime exotic aquatic collections alive. Lorenz is probably best known for his work with imprinting.
With an aquaponics system the plants are grown in a sub straight or medium such as gavel or small stones. The growing medium has a few functions. First is to give the plant a place to develop their root structure for support and nutrients uptake. The medium also provided a large surface area for growing helpful bacteria. It’s the bacteria we can thank for breaking down ammonia and nitrites. Once the bacteria has done its work all those soilless roots can more easily use the resulting nitrates.
After the bacteria and plants neutralize the ammonia and eat up the excess nitrate the water is once again fit for fish.
Aquaponics systems are part of my vision for a social enterprise / nonprofit. I may have a location to start this part of my project. If you would like to help build systems or source material leave a comment. If you know me let’s talk. I hope to start building my first system before 2013.
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