What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics combines aspects of hydroponics and aquaculture to create a sustainable means of growing nutritious food. By themselves, aquaculture and hydroponics are two flawed systems. Aquaculture – or fish farming – involves raising fish in a concentrated body of water, which generates a significant amount of waste that becomes a pollutant to the environment. Hydroponics, on the other hand, is a method of growing plants through water (instead of soil, which is used in traditional agriculture) as a growing medium. However, this system does not come without flaws, as water doesn’t contain as many minerals as soil, so additional nutrients and chemicals must be added to a hydroponics system.
In an aquaponics system, these two systems – aquaculture and hydroponics – are combined in one system to form a symbiotic system. The basis of an aquaponics system revolves around feeding fish and then using the waste from the fish to feed plants that are grown hydroponically within the system. The fish waste contained within the water is then filtered out and harnessed as nutrients by the plants and returned to the fish as clean water. As a result a fairly closed loop system is created, thus making aquaponics a sustainable source of food.
Who is Aquaponos?
We are a team of young dedicated engineering students who want to make a difference in the world. More specifically, we recognize a growing concern over food security issues and sustainability in today’s growing world. Our solution is aquaponics. We aim to create economical and educational aquaponics systems that can be implemented in communities on a global scale, and in doing so providing access to sustainable nutritious food and further education on food related issues, for a lower and more accessible cost.