Aquaponics is technique that blends growing vegetables with fish. This closed-loop system is highly efficient, yields more food than traditional farming and has virtually no waste. This super sustainable system has been around for centuries in other countries. However, advancements in technology have now brought aquaponics to a new level in the West by merging hydroponics (raising plants in water) with aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) a viable farming solution. More and more people are recognizing the huge benefits to growing healthy, organic and GMO-free food right in their own homes or backyards. So how does it work?
The secret is in the healthy symbiotic relationship that the plants and the fish have with one another (with a little help from nitrogen-fixing bacteria). As fish excrete into the water, the water is then pumped up to the plant beds. Here the bacteria help break down the fish excrement so the plants can absorb it. The water is naturally cleaned and returned to the fish tank. The benefits of this amazing relationship can be seen in the amount of abundance that is generated by plants continuously having what they need in order to thrive. As a result, growing times are typically cut in half for most vegetables. Lettuce that normally would take 52 days to mature using traditional farming techniques takes 24 days.
Ingenuity Innovation Center has a 1,500 square foot greenhouse that is dedicated to growing tilapia and vegetables using aquaponics. We produce produce year round and are now helping bring this amazing system to people all over the world. Our GYO kit is a perfect solution for people living in urban environments and can easily expand out to include two other grow beds. In addition, we offer kits, consultation and can do custom builds for greenhouses.