System Designs

What is Aquaponics

UVIAquaponicSystem(please click on this diagram or the pictures below for a larger view)

Aquaponics /ˈækwəˈpɒnɨks/, 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 normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrogen-fixing bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

Different Types of Aquaponic Systems

 

 

insideGrounds1Deep Water Culture (DWC) is a hydroponic method of plant production by means of suspending the plant roots in a solution of nutrient-rich, oxygenated water. Bubbleponics is a related method of plant production that involves a top-fed deep water culture system. A more accurate definition for the acronym DWC is Direct Water Culture. Direct Water Culture can be performed in deep or shallow water.

 

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Ebb and Flow (also called ebb and flood and flood drain) is the movement of water, often in relation to natural tides. Ebb and Flow is a form of hydroponics that is known for its simplicity, reliability of operation and low initial investment cost.

IMAG0175Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) is a hydroponic technique wherein a steady stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth is re-circulated past the bare roots of plants in a watertight gully, also known as channels.

 

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ORNAMENTAL PONDS / WATER FALL WITH NFT

This is a small in-home installation that Quatrix built.  It supports

a small koi pond and 6 pepper plants simultaneously.