How does aquaponic growing work?

An aquaponic system is a type of hydroponic system that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) in a symbiotic relationship. Here's how an aquaponic system grows vegetables:

  1. The fish are raised in a tank: The system starts with a tank where fish are raised. The fish produce waste in the form of ammonia, which can be harmful to them if it builds up in the water.

  2. Bacteria convert the ammonia into nitrates: Bacteria in the system convert the ammonia into nitrites and then nitrates, which are less harmful to the fish.

  3. The nutrient-rich water is circulated to the plant bed: The water containing the nitrates is circulated to a plant bed, where the plants are grown in a soilless medium such as gravel, clay pellets or coconut coir. The plants absorb the nitrates as nutrients, which helps them grow.

  4. The plants filter the water: As the water passes through the plant bed, the plants remove the nitrates and other nutrients, filtering the water and making it safe for the fish.

  5. The clean water is returned to the fish tank: After passing through the plant bed, the clean water is returned to the fish tank, completing the cycle.

This symbiotic relationship allows both the fish and plants to thrive in a closed-loop system. The fish provide nutrients for the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish. As a result, aquaponic systems are an efficient and sustainable way to grow vegetables.

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