Aquaponics

A food production system that has its roots millenia ago. The aztecs were about the first that started using it!

Aquaponics is literally a combination between the following 2 techniques:

Aquaculture

Aquaculture refers to the breeding, rearing and harvesting of aquatic organisms such as plants, fish and shellfish. This farming takes place in all sorts of water environments like ponds, rivers, lakes and the ocean. Aquaculture is also known as fish or shellfish farming.

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants with nutrients and water, but without any soil. However, the water must be transported to the roots of the plant. The roots or rootsystem may be misted by the nutrient solution, hang directly in it or can be enclosed within a container which is filled with a replacement for soil, for example gravel or hydro pellets.

How aquaponics works

Bacteria in the system convert the fish waste (ammonia) into nitrates. In high concentration these nitrates are toxic for the fish.  However, they are amazing nutrients for the plants. The plants continuously absorb the nitrates. This has as result fast growing plants and clean water for your fish.

Aquaponics & your Vegua

The aquaponics system in the Vegua makes use of a continuous flow system. This means that an internal filter pump transports water continuously in the tray that is full of Growstones. The amount of water is just enough to get the stones wet, so the bacteria can convert waste to nutrition and the roots of the plants have enough oxygen.

Currently aquaponics is used on a big scale in countries like Australia. Here they even end up eating the fish when they have grown enough. The Vegua will be the introduction of aquaponics on a smaller scale; On consumer level.