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Are You Ready For A Food Revolution?

It seems appropriate that we start our journey together by answering the question: What is aquaponics?

At its most basic level, aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water without soil) together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides organic food for the growing plants and the plants naturally filter the water in which the fish live.

The third and fourth critical, yet invisible actors in the play are the beneficial bacteria and composting red worms. Think of them as the conversion team. The beneficial bacteria exist on every moist surface of the aquaponic system. They convert the ammonia from the fish waste that is toxic to the fish and useless to the plants, first into nitrites and then into nitrates. The nitrates are relatively harmless to the fish and most importantly, they are the foundation of great plant food. At the same time, the worms convert the solid waste and decaying plant matter in your aquaponic system into vermi-compost which supplies the remaining micronutrients.

  1. Aquaponic Gardening empowers fish farming. You can now feel good about eating fish again.

  2. Aquaponic Gardening uses 90% less water than soil-based gardening.

  3. Aquaponic Gardening is four to six times as productive on a square foot basis as soil-based gardening. This is because with aquaponic gardening plants grow in about half the space needed with soil and two to three times as fast as in soil.

  4. Aquaponic Gardening is free from weeds, watering and fertilizing concerns.

  5. Aquaponic Gardening is necessarily organic. Natural fish waste provides all the food the plants need. Pesticides would be harmful to the fish so they are never used. Hormones, antibiotics, and other fish additives would be harmful to the plants so they also are never used. The result is produce every bit as flavorful as soil-based organic produce, with the added benefit of fresh fish for a safe, healthy source of protein.

  6. Aquaponics has been shown to be more productive than hydroponics after the aquaponic bio-filter is fully established.

  7. The nutrient solution is perpetually re-cycled.

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