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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

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