What Exactly is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics. Hydroponics involves growing plants in a water-based environment rather than soil. Our fish are raised in tanks and provide the nutrients for our produce. The plants extract the nutrients needed from the water and act as a filter in order to clean the water. Beneficial bacteria growing in the system convert the ammonia in the fish waste to a usable nitrogen source for the plants; exactly what happens in the soil. It's a very efficient and sustainable system. We can produce a large volume of produce with a very small environmental foot print. We use very little water in raising our produce compared to a traditional soil based system. Our Water is continually recycled with minimal addition as we try to mimic nature as closely as possible. We pay special attention to nutrient levels and plant disease and are very careful so as not to harm the health of our fish. We use natural and biological products to keep our plants healthy. Our fish are raised antibiotic free.
Please call or stop in for a visit to learn more about what we do here at Hillside Aquaponics, LLC.