Aquaponics is a combination of Aquaculture & Hydroponics. This means that fish and plants are grown in an integrated system, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two.
Aquaponics uses the water from the fish tank to circulate through a grow bed where the plants are grown. Nitrifying bacteria convert fish wastes into plant-available nutrients. The plants use these nutrients as their main nutrient supply. The fish benefit from this process also, as the water is filtered by the plants, giving the fish clean water to live in.
Who is Aquaponics Pty Ltd
Matt and Shannida Herbert, directors of Aquaponics Pty Ltd, live and run their business in Mudgee, NSW on a property with limited water resources, and an average annual rainfall of 640mm. Both have extensive knowledge of horticulture, with organic vegetable growing being a passion of theirs for many years. They came across Aquaponics while looking into low water use growing systems, and as the property is run on solar power with no mains power, the growing system had to also be a low power consumer.
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