21.5.2015. Growing fish is aquaculture and growing plants in water is hydroponics. Combining these two, we have what we called 'aquaponics'.
What a terrible name!
At Studio Ayer, one of the main activities is to practice aquaponics, integrating fish and plants growing in the same pond so as to maximise production
with the concept of symbiotically linking the two systems.
The fish, in the pond fed with re-cycle food, releases wastes in water. The biological filtration system will effectively convert the wastes
from toxic form like ammonia into nitrate. Nitrate, as 'fertilizer' can be assimilated by plants and thus the plants clean up the water keeping it right for the fish, as they grow. So, bravo ! in the end of the day, we can collect both the plants
and the fish for food.
Aquaponic practices are easy and not expensive. Understanding the nitrogen-cycle of nature will make you an expert.