Aquaponics2018-10-23T12:12:07+00:00

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a form of indoor year-round agriculture that combines raising fish in tanks (recirculating aquaculture) with soilless plant culture (hydroponics).

We grow and sell both Blue and Nile tilapias in our Aquaponics system which we started from our own breeding colony. We feed the fish high protein food using self-feeding and timed feeding methodologies. The ammonia waste created by the fish is converted by bacteria into nitrites and then into nitrates. These nitrates then feed our plants. As the plants consume the natural nitrate fertilizer the water is purified and recirculated back as fresh water into the tanks for our fish. This cycle repeats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No soils, pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers are used anywhere in our system. It is a true organic cycle.

We use two types of water based growing styles for our plants.

Deep water culture (DWC) or raft-based growing uses a foam raft that is floating in a channel filled with fish effluent water that has been filtered to remove solid wastes. Plants are placed in holes in the raft and the roots dangle freely in the water.

Media-based growing involves growing plants in inert planting media such as expanded clay pellets. The media provides both the biological filtration (conversion of ammonia to nitrates) and mechanical filtration (removal of solid wastes) in the same system.

Why Choose Aquaponics?

Hydroponics

  • Uses 1/10th of the water of soil-based gardening
    • Self-sustaining, recirculating system
  • Plants grow 2x faster
  • More productive than traditional gardening
  • Less maintenance required
    • Little to No weeds
    • Not subject to soil-based diseases
  • Works well for most plants

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Aquaculture

  • Fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants
    • No harmful chemicals, pesticides or herbicides can be used
  • Harvest both fish and plants
  • No extra water filter needed
    • Plants and grow beds filter water for fish
  • Uses natures Nitrogen Cycle to benefit both fish and plants
  • It’s a natural ecosystem!

AGRITOURISM


Agritourism combines agricultural sales with on-farm activities that involve the customers. These can include hayrides, mazes, pumpkin patches, farm tours, a bed and breakfast, or other endeavors.

TILAPIA FOR SALE

NO FL PERMIT REQUIRED FOR BLUE & NILE TILAPIA!