What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the marriage of aquaculture, the process of rearing fish, and hydroponics, a soilless based technique of farming. This union allows for the fertilization and hydration of the plant while creating a natural biofilter to cleanse the effluent of the fish tank.

One of aquaponics earliest pioneers is Dr. Jim Rakocy who began researching with the idea in the late 1970’s at the University of the Virgin Islands, UVI. The system created through this research is currently being used extensively throughout the world and is considered by many to be one of the most simple and dependable systems available.

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Why Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a recirculating farming system using the effluent from a fish tank to supply nutrients to plants through hydroponics. Minimal water is used and minimal input to the system is required. It is not possible to use chemicals or pesticides in this system as it would disturb the delicate balance between plant and fish and eventually kill off the system.

In today’s world of heavy chemical farming and polluted water ways aquaponics is a safe haven for people concerned about the cleanliness of their food. In addition, aquaponics farming can be implemented in places with shortages of water, lack of good farm land and in cities as well. By bringing the farm to the people one is able to reduce transportation costs and environmental effects as well as provide fresh, natural, nutrient rich fish and vegetables.

Sierra Foothills Aquaponics – a local branch of the Aquaponics Association. Email or contact Bridget Brandstad, President at 530-392-0157.

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