We are a down to earth, average, professional couple in our first year of marriage. We’ve always considered ourselves to be “green”… trying to recycle, composting, bringing our own shopping bags to the store – but this blog is here to document our first experiment into a dream of self-sustainability. Having done a good deal of research into aquaponics, hydroponics, and home gardening – we decided recently to try our hand at “Aquaponics”.
Believe it or not, a great inspiration to this project came from watching a 2011 episode of the NatGeo program, “Doomsday Preppers”. The folks in this show for the most part are a little nutty, but what this guy did with his inground pool was something amazing. Some day, we would love to have something as elaborate as what you see here but in the mean time we’ll be experimenting with our small scale version. Check out the episode clip below:
Wikipedia defines aquaponics as: Aquaponics (pronounced: /ˈækwəˈpɒnɨks/) is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In the aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.