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FishPlant: Raise Fish and Grow Plants with Aquaponics

In times of excessive use of natural resources, people are compelled to think about new ways of growing food. The soil we grow our plants on is limited and the amount of animals we can hunt is shrinking. There is an acute threat of overfishing the oceans and the populations of many fish species cannot recover anymore. At the same time breeding fish costs lots of energy and creates waste.

One solution to these problems could be Aquaponics. Aquaponics combines the techniques of aquaculture and hydroponics to save energy and waste, by growing vegetables and fruit and breeding fish in the same enclosed artificial ecosystem. The idea is that the waste produced by the fish can be used to provide nutrients for the plants. The fish provide waste that is converted into nutrients by bacteria. The nutritious water is then given to the plants, which helps them grow. At the same time the water is being cleaned by the plants and the rest is given back to the fish. This way water is saved and there is no need for soil, clay pebbles or a similar recyclable substrate is used instead.

Aquaponics is primarily applied by professional breeders, but the British company FishPlant offers a solution for private customers who want to give it a try. The FishPlant system includes everything necessary for starters. The water distribution between the fish tank and the plant bed is based on a “Flood & Drain” system and works with an automatic siphon. There are two variants of the FishPlant right now: The Family Unit with 300 litres of water can keep up to 3,5 kilogram of fish and is geared towards private breeders and growers. The Production Unit with 800 litres can keep up to 7 kilogram of fish and is geared towards hotels and restaurants.

It is possible to breed edible fish as well as ornamental fish in the FishPlant. The company gives Tilapia, Carp, Trout and Perch as examples for food fish and Goldfish and even the precious Koi as ornamental fish species.

Further Information: fishplant.co.uk

 

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