Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.
Typically aquaponic systems utilize classic horizontal grow beds, but we at bare greens have chosen to utilize the exciting new technology, ZipGrow towers, that enables us to grow our herbs and greens vertically. See the section on vertical growing to read up on the benefits.
Here is a short video explaining what aquaponics is and how it works. Click here to goto the Aquaponics Video