I hate to see these simple aquaponics systems advertised and promoted as a place to grow food indoors. This is certainly a simple system, but I don't believe that you could grow any meaningful amount of plant or fish in this system.
The fish side of the system needs to be designed to manage and remove or process solid wastes. Even with a few goldfish in a tank like this, the system would become pretty unsightly in a few months.
Furthermore, in order to produce enough fish waste to provide adequate plant nutrients, the cute little fish tank is going to get pretty ugly.
Aquaponics works. Depending on location - and many more variables - they can produce significant quantities of food without requiring complex technology. However, these micro aquaponics systems can do nothing except fail.
I hope that the proliferation of these bad systems ends soon, before aquaponics gets a stigma of being another failed new technology.
Beginning an Aquaponics business takes hard work, the right partnerships and a patient nature when it comes to organic pest control. Viridis Aquaponics is a burgeoning startup based in Watsonville in the San Francisco Bay area.
I enjoy seeing aquaponics operations that use a variety of species. This system has trout, crayfish and goldfish all in separate tanks but contributing to the success of the system. As in nature, diversity enhances the robustness of the system.
Although a little technical, this is worthwhile education for your aquaponics system. You'll gain an understanding of how ammonia and ammonium levels are affected by pH and what you can expect as your aquaponics system matures.
If you want to understand what the excitement is all about with urban aquaponics, watch all the way to the end. To see fish and greens raised together in an urban setting within bicycle distance of the end user showcases the potential of this technology.
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Jim Oldfield's insight:
I like the way these folks are putting the systems together into small, home-scale aquaponic facilities. These should work on the scale they're working, but could be challenging to scale up to commercial size.
Constructing modular expansions for the Jasper Place High School aquaponics system, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Students growing vegetables ... Original Jasper Place Permaculture Aquaponics System Plants in the original aquaponics system.
Jim Oldfield's insight:
I love to see these systems being installed in schools. It's important that our kids learn where food comes from and in fact learn to grow their own. As a society, we've become very reliant on the supply chain to keep our grocery store shelves stocked. Learning these skills can not only increase sustainability, but improve our resilience.
I'd never considered greenhouses as being a particularly portable part of a food production system. I can see some benefit in allowing the soil in a greenhouse to become 'outdoor' soil as part of a successful crop rotation. However, I have to wonder if rolling up and tying back the plastic glazing might not be a simpler solution?
Midwest Energy News Minnesota startup lowers lighting bill for indoor farming Midwest Energy News Since last year, the couple, along with their biologist son, Bryan Roeser, have been growing basil, lettuce and other leafy veggies in an indoor...
Think vertical gardening is a new idea? Think again. This timeline shows a rich history of vertical farming going back 2600 years! But today, you don't need to be the King of Babylon to benefit from growing up!
Growing Power's Will Allen is the next big thing in farming. In 2012 alone, Growing Power produced more than $750,000 in crops, raised 50,000 fish in its aquaponic beds, and composted more than 43 million pounds of waste.
Sustainable Urban Farming – Permaponics! Permaponics is Aquaponics (fish and vegetables in water), Aquaculture (fish farming), Hydroponics (growing plants in water), Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture & Permanent ...
Jim Oldfield's insight:
It's interesting to add permaculture principles to aquaponics. If we can learn to operate these systems on a more sustainable basis, they can become more economic to run, especially where I live in Canada. Energy costs make commercial systems economically challenging.
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