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Aquaponic Life C.I.C

Design, Consultancy and Food Production for the UK climate

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Our goal is to reinvest our profits to
build "living" food banks for communities..

..So that people facing food poverty can access healthy, nutrient rich food

WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?

Aquaponics is the integration of Aquaculture and Hydroponics, creating a closed-loop method of farming. ‘Aqua‘ is the Latin word for water and ‘ponics‘ comes from ponos, the name of the Ancient Greek God of labor.

Literally translated aquaponics means water-labor.

Aquaculture is the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. Aquaculture farming helps wild fish stocks to replenish, but can have a negative impact on the environment as it creates a concentrated nutrient waste, which is often dumped into our waterways.

Hydroponics is the growing of plants in nutrient solution without the use of soil. Sometimes an inert medium is used such as expanded clay pebbles, coco coir or volcanic rock. The good thing about hydroponics is that it can be set up nearly anywhere. The downside is that the food is not organic and the sterile nutrient solutions used to feed plants accumulate and need to be dumped regularly.

When combined, aquaculture + hydroponics form a symtriotic relationship between bacteria, fish and plants; this is called “aquaponics”.

This special relationship eliminates the need for water to be dumped and is referred to as a “closed loop” method of farming.

 Aquaponics has the combined benefits of both aquaculture and hydroponics meaning you can produce both ornamental and edible plants and fish conveniently at home or even at work!

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GROWING FOOD AQUAPONICALLY?

No watering –  A lot of people love plants, but struggle to remember to water them. Aquaponics recirculates, so is self-watering. We have found this makes growing plants far less stressful and much more successful. As an added benefit,  aquaponics uses as little as 2% of the water that soil-based farming uses, helping conserve our limited fresh water supplies.

Educational –  Children and adults gain hands-on experience of growing food without having to leave the house!  Maintaining a mini-ecosystem, you will learn about the nitrogen cycle, biology, chemistry, nature and animal care amongst other things. You quickly retrieve a sense of independence by feeling equipped to feed yourself.

Fun –  Keeping fish and watching pants grow is both visual and tactile, making it a fun hobby for people of all ages, as well as a family activity. No soil or garden is required, as you can do it indoors and outside. Aquaponics is also scalable; whether you’re converting an old fish tank into a self-cleaning and edible one, building a family size system in the garden or building your own smallholding!

Health Benefits – Aquaponics offers you convenient access to a balanced diet. The ability to grow your recommended intake of fruit, vegetables and weekly portions of fish has never been so easy and introducing more plants to your live/work place helps purify the air.

Environmental concerns 

  • Growing fish to eat at home allows natural fish stocks to replenish to their maximum sustainable yield and help combat the effects of overfishing.

  • Growing produce at home reduces food miles and C02 emissions (less time and petrol spent food shopping).

  • Growing aquaponically helps combats the problems we are facing with soil erosion.

  • Aquaponics is sustainable agriculture; by increasing our biodiversity we gain more outputs from fewer inputs.

  • Aquaponics can be a great way to sustainably grow large game fish for anglers

  • Fisheries can incorporate aquaponics to reduce pollution (e.g. eutrophication)

  • Growing food without pesticides is safer for human and animal consumption and does not poison our environment.

  • Making more out of less; by incorporating vertical growing to your aquaponics, you can have ten times the number of plants in the same footprint.

HOW DOES AQUAPONICS WORK?

The “magic” behind aquaponics is the Nitrogen Cycle:  Fish excrete waste, most of which is ammonia. The ammonia is converted first into nitrites by nitrosomonas bacteria and then into nitrates by nitrobacter bacteria – these bacteria make up the “biological filter”.

Whilst Nitrates aren’t as toxic for fish as ammonia, the levels in an aquarium gradually build up, and will eventually lead to poor fish health. This is why partial water changes are required in an aquarium.

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Aquaponic Life C.I.C

Design, Consultancy and Food Production for the UK climate

Slide background

Our goal is to reinvest our profits to
build "living" food banks for communities..

..So that people facing food poverty can access healthy, nutrient rich food

WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?

Aquaponics is the integration of Aquaculture and Hydroponics, creating a closed-loop method of farming. ‘Aqua‘ is the Latin word for water and ‘ponics‘ comes from ponos, the name of the Ancient Greek God of labor.

Literally translated aquaponics means water-labor.

Aquaculture is the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants. Aquaculture farming helps wild fish stocks to replenish, but can have a negative impact on the environment as it creates a concentrated nutrient waste, which is often dumped into our waterways.

Hydroponics is the growing of plants in nutrient solution without the use of soil. Sometimes an inert medium is used such as expanded clay pebbles, coco coir or volcanic rock. The good thing about hydroponics is that it can be set up nearly anywhere. The downside is that the food is not organic and the sterile nutrient solutions used to feed plants accumulate and need to be dumped regularly.

When combined, aquaculture + hydroponics form a symtriotic relationship between bacteria, fish and plants; this is called “aquaponics”.

This special relationship eliminates the need for water to be dumped and is referred to as a “closed loop” method of farming.

 Aquaponics has the combined benefits of both aquaculture and hydroponics meaning you can produce both ornamental and edible plants and fish conveniently at home or even at work!

AP=H+A

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GROWING FOOD AQUAPONICALLY?

No watering –  A lot of people love plants, but struggle to remember to water them. Aquaponics recirculates, so is self-watering. We have found this makes growing plants far less stressful and much more successful. As an added benefit,  aquaponics uses as little as 2% of the water that soil-based farming uses, helping conserve our limited fresh water supplies.

Educational –  Children and adults gain hands-on experience of growing food without having to leave the house!  Maintaining a mini-ecosystem, you will learn about the nitrogen cycle, biology, chemistry, nature and animal care amongst other things. You quickly retrieve a sense of independence by feeling equipped to feed yourself.

Fun –  Keeping fish and watching pants grow is both visual and tactile, making it a fun hobby for people of all ages, as well as a family activity. No soil or garden is required, as you can do it indoors and outside. Aquaponics is also scalable; whether you’re converting an old fish tank into a self-cleaning and edible one, building a family size system in the garden or building your own smallholding!

Health Benefits – Aquaponics offers you convenient access to a balanced diet. The ability to grow your recommended intake of fruit, vegetables and weekly portions of fish has never been so easy and introducing more plants to your live/work place helps purify the air.

Environmental concerns 

  • Growing fish to eat at home allows natural fish stocks to replenish to their maximum sustainable yield and help combat the effects of overfishing.

  • Growing produce at home reduces food miles and C02 emissions (less time and petrol spent food shopping).

  • Growing aquaponically helps combats the problems we are facing with soil erosion.

  • Aquaponics is sustainable agriculture; by increasing our biodiversity we gain more outputs from fewer inputs.

  • Aquaponics can be a great way to sustainably grow large game fish for anglers

  • Fisheries can incorporate aquaponics to reduce pollution (e.g. eutrophication)

  • Growing food without pesticides is safer for human and animal consumption and does not poison our environment.

  • Making more out of less; by incorporating vertical growing to your aquaponics, you can have ten times the number of plants in the same footprint.

HOW DOES AQUAPONICS WORK?

The “magic” behind aquaponics is the Nitrogen Cycle:  Fish excrete waste, most of which is ammonia. The ammonia is converted first into nitrites by nitrosomonas bacteria and then into nitrates by nitrobacter bacteria – these bacteria make up the “biological filter”.

Whilst Nitrates aren’t as toxic for fish as ammonia, the levels in an aquarium gradually build up, and will eventually lead to poor fish health. This is why partial water changes are required in an aquarium.

 This is where aquaponics is revolutionary!

Nitrogen is one of the main nutrients required for healthy plant growth, so by adding plants to the aquarium or pond, they take up the nitrates and in doing so they clean the water which is returned back to the fish. This creates an ongoing, sustainable cycle.

aquaponics1Although you’d imagine we use a lot of water in aquaponics, the water is constantly recirculating, and not being dumped as it is in both aquaculture and hydroponics. We use as little as 2% of the water that we would be using to grow the same plants in soil. By doing this, we help decrease our consumption rate of limited freshwater supplies.

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aquaponics1Although you’d imagine we use a lot of water in aquaponics, the water is constantly recirculating, and not being dumped as it is in both aquaculture and hydroponics. We use as little as 2% of the water that we would be using to grow the same plants in soil. By doing this, we help decrease our consumption rate of limited freshwater supplies.

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