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What is Aquaponics?

by Greenhouse Manager

Aquaponics is a food farming process that combines aquaculture and hydroponics in an integrated, soilless system.

Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms, which can include fish, shrimp, oysters, and algae, which is called algaculture-anything that can be harvested in water is called aquafarming or aquaculture.

Farming, by definition, implies some sort of outside intervention, which can include feeding, protecting, stocking-simply put, assistance in the overall rearing process of an organism.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using nutrient solutions in water, without soil. Any plant can be grown in a nutrient rich solution, without soil. Plants grown in soil extract their nutrients from the soil, but the soil is simply a reservoir, and once the nutrients are gone, the soil has no health benefit to the plant and has to be fertilized.

The Aquaponic farm integrates a continuous supply of vital nutrients to both the plant and the animal. It is a perfect, symbiotic relation between flora and fauna. There are six primary nutrients a plant requires: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen-these come from air and water. The other three are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. These elements can be delivered to the plant either organically or synthetically. Organic delivery systems are optimal because they are from natural sources; whereas synthetic delivery systems are man- made (chemicals). Eco-Rich Farms does not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or any other man-made additives for its crops.

What is the role of the fish, you ask? The fish waste is filtered, and then naturally converted into the six vital plant nutrients as well as essential macro and micro nutrients. The plants provide the necessary filtration and processing of ammonia and nitrates that are in the fish waste, which equals plant fertilizer.

This relationship grows premium, chemical free, plants and fish. It is the ultimate food.

Posted May 05, 2014    |    View

Why Tilapia?

by Website Administrator

They are hardy, fast growing and forgiving if the conditions slip a bit from optimal. Aquaponics is almost a closed ecosystem with the only outside intervention being feeding the fish, planting and harvesting the produce and routine maintenance of the tanks. A completely close system has zero intervention from the outside. As such, temperature, alkalinity, contaminants and population all factor into production rates.

Posted April 04, 2014    |    View

What fruits and vegetables can an aquaponic system grow?

by Greenhouse Manager

Any. The fastest and easiest are the leafy vegetables because they contain mostly water. Once you taste lettuce out of an aquaponic system, you’ll wonder how in the world the grocery store lettuce is being grown and wonder further at what zapped the entire flavor out!! The heavier fruits like tomatoes, oranges and melons can all be successfully cultivated in this process as well-they just need to be staked-similar to how you would stake a tomato vine grown in the ground.

Posted March 03, 2014    |    View

Do I have to have a greenhouse?

by Greenhouse Manager

No. This system of growing can be done in the wide open. We use greenhouses to keep contaminants out to ensure the purest crops and to also be able to grow year round—we can control the climate inside the greenhouse. As a commercial producer, situated in a climate that has season, you’ll want to set yourself up for year round growing, in spite of the weather conditions.

Posted February 02, 2014    |    View

Why use Eco-Rich Farms?

by Ranch Manager

We are committed to providing the highest quality fish and produce from farm to table. We are committed to limiting environmental degradation. We are family owned and operated. We are here to educate you about the goodness that is aquaponic farming.

Posted January 01, 2014    |    View


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