Get into it: Aquaponics

Fishtanks are awesome. Not only are they nice to look at, but they also house colorful little dudes who get to exist along with you in your home zone.

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals, like fish, in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment.

Your aquatic pals’ excrement is broken down and used by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

We found an easy Aquaponics startup for you to grow fresh produce right in the comfort of your own home – beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach and many others.

An Oakland duo called Back to the Roots manufactures the at-home Aquaponics system they’ve named AquaFarm.

This closed-loop ecosystem uses the fish waste to naturally fertilize the plants above. In turn, the plants clean the water for your pet fish.

AquaFarm is available from Back to the Roots’ website, and we’ve even spotted some in Whole Foods aisles throughout Northern CA.

The Aqua Farm is easy to use and nice to look at.
The Aqua Farm is easy to use and nice to look at.



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