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Why Aquaponics?

• Fresh Organic Food, Everyday

Steve's Aquaponics System

Steve’s Aquaponics System

• Self-sufficient, Locally Grown
• Sustainable
• Environmentally Friendly
• Aquaponic Food Tastes Great
• Is Nutrient Dense,
• Lasts Longer in the ‘Fridge
• Can Grow Protein, Produce,
Herbs & Flowers
• Tremendous Productivity –
Quicker, Bigger Harvests

Aquaponics Flowers

Aquaponics Flowers

• No Digging
• No Tilling
• No Weeding
• No Chemicals
• No Pesticides
• No Herbicides

• Convenient,
• Space and Labor Efficient
• Can Plant & Harvest at Table-top Height
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Maggies Farm Aquaponics

Maggies Farm Aquaponics

• Very Low Water Use

• Low Energy Use, Can be Solar Powered

• Scalable: Table-top to Commercial Sizes

• Relocatable/Portable

• Can Be Operated
in a Backyard,
on a Roof Top,
on a Parking Lot,
on a Hill-side,
or on Rural Acreage, or
• Year-round in a Greenhouse or
• Indoors with Grow Lights

Manzo Elementary School Aquaponics System

Manzo Elementary School Aquaponics System

• Easy for Beginners,
No Experience Required

• Fun, Simple, Educational

• Kids Love It!

 

Next: Learn about the different types of aquaponic systems

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Types of Aquaponics

There are many ways to do aquaponics.

River Rock Media Bed

River Rock Media Bed

Most people start out with a backyard system that uses some form of media in which to grow the plants. This media can be certain kinds of washed river rock, lava rock or scoria, expanded shale, manufactured clay pebbles, or other materials.

Tomato Growing in Lava Rock Media Bed

Tomato Growing in Lava Rock Media Bed

The aquaponics system is constructed so that the water from the fish tank can circulate through the growing media where the plants are planted, and then return to the fish tank. Often there is a ‘sump tank’ that is the lowest part of the system that collects the water from multiple grow beds, which is then pumped back in to the fish tank. Other people have converted Koi ponds by putting a pump in the pond to pump the  water up in to growing beds, from where it then returns to the pond by gravity.

Deep Water Culture "raft" system

Maggies Farm Aquapnics – Deep Water Culture “raft” system

Most commercial aquaponics systems use a combination of media beds and floating raft (‘deep water culture’) systems. The media beds provide additional area for the beneficial bacteria that convert the fish wastes to plant food to live, and filters out any big globs of fish poo that might stick to the roots of the plants in the raft system. The rafts are the most labor saving way to grow and can provide a continuous “conveyor belt” harvest of plants every day.

Bright Agrotech Zip Grow Towers

Bright Agrotech Zip Grow Towers

There are also vertical growing towers and wall mounted growing systems.

The newest way to grow aquaponically is with ‘wicking bed’ systems. In these systems the aquaponics water is circulated under a supported growing medium which ‘wicks’ the water up in to itself to provide just as much water as the plants need. With these systems is it is possible to grow root crops, as well as most other crops. “Air pruning’ pots with there bottom placed into the aquaponics media so they can wick up the water they need look to be very promising way to grow.

Another way to help plants grow is “One-Way” aquaponics – although it really isn’t aquaponics since the water is not recirculated. In this method you simply use the water from the fish tank or pond to water your plants that are growing in the soil. This works very well with fruit trees (but does not save water since you have to replace the water used) because every time you water the trees you are also fertilizing them.

Next: see upcoming Events or Classes

 Local Roots Aquaponics System

+ Local Roots Aquaponics System

 

 

 

Trace Minerals, the Missing Nutrient in Our Soils, Plants and Bodies!

Here is a good video that clearly explains the importance of trace minerals, and why they are deficient in most foods. Aquaponics can help grow mineral rich foods because it is easy (and cost effective) to supplement the aquaponics system with the minerals that the plants need to become nutrient dense and make trace minerals bio-available for our bodies.

Commonly used supplements that are safe for both the fish and the plants in an aquaponics system include Maxicrop – powder or liquid seaweed plus iron; Azomite, Elemite, Glacial Rock Dust and other rock dusts and powders, and other volcanic ash products.

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Tucson Festival of Books 2015

Books, authors, exhibits, displays, lectures, food and so much more – many with gardening and related themes. Come participate in the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books – http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

and maybe share an hour or two or your experience helping to answer questions about aquaponics at our exhibit where we will have a working aquaponics system in the UA Science City “Science of Food” pavillion, on the Mall across from the Flandrau Planetarium – http://www.sciencecity.arizona.edu/

March 14 and 15, 2015 – 9:30am to 5:30pm on the University of Arizona Mall. FREE parking.