Aquaponics is the ideal answer to a fish farmer’s problem of disposing of nutrient-rich water and a hydroponic grower’s need for nutrient-rich water.
Fish produce waste and ammonia, which are harmful for the fish in elevated quantities and decrease the quality of the water. In aquaponics, water from the fish tank is fed to a plant grow bed where the billions of naturally occurring, beneficial micro-organisms break the ammonia down first into Nitrite and then into Nitrate.
Nitrate and other nutrients are absorbed by the plants to assist in their growth and in turn, serve to clean the water. Solid waste will also be filtered out of the water by either the grow beds or some other mechanical process.
Clean water is now returned to the fish tank, increasing the water quality and providing the oxygenated water that the fish need. This is a natural and sustainable process that mimics an ecosystem and produces high-quality food without any chemical inputs.