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About Aquaponics

Aquaponics is sustainable, ethical farming at its best.

It’s where fish and plants co-exist in a mutually dependent ecosystem, just as they would in theirnatural habitat. It works by each sharing something that the others needs to grow happy and healthy so that when eaten, it tastes that way.

It’s essentially a ‘closed-loop, circulatory system’ where nutrient-abundant fish waste (manure) is absorbed by plants grown in water. The plants remove the nutrients they need, before cleaning up the water through ‘nitrification’, which can then flow back to the fish as pure as when it began. Nature really is rather clever! And guess what? This system uses up to 95% LESS water than traditional horticulture farming.

Why aquaponics?

  • Uses a fraction of the water, about 95% less to soil farming
  • No soil-borne diseases, no tilling, no weeds
  • No pesticides, herbicides or fertiliser, only fish fertiliser
  • Grow two food products together, protein and vegetables
  • High crop yield
  • No waste – compared to soil, aquaculture
  • Food security, grow your own food, indoors, cities, year-round
  • Works in draught or places with poor soil quality

How Aquaponics Works:

  1. Fish are raised in a pond
  2. Water from the fish pond is pumped to the plants
  3. Bacteria convert ammonia and nitrite to nitrate
  4. Plants absorb the nutrient-rich water
  5. Filtered water is returned to the fish pond, clean

Fish are happy. Plants are happy. We get more food and less waste.

We’ve spent the best part of a decade refining our aquaponics system, which comes highly recommended by industry expert Dr Wilson Lennard, who described our farm as “the best farm system in the UK by a mile” and “a success story” thanks to diversification and an innovative approach.

You can learn how to create your own aquaponics system in our world-renowned courses, or get advice to help in the successful completion of an aquaponics project, here.

If you’ve already accomplished the basics of aquaponics and would like to get set up easily with your own back garden system, we have the perfect kit for you! Find out about ouraquaponic kits here.