Aquaponics is an efficient farming method combining aquaculture (fish-farming) with hydroponics (growing vegetables without soil). A closed water- and nutrient-cycle is created which only requires the addition of fish food and fresh water.
This way, the use of pesticides of any kind is omitted and the plants need 90% less water compared to traditional agriculture. As the system is running automatically once the biological cycle is established, the low maintenance re
quirement is an added advantage.
Aiming for a low-tech and low-cost construction we teamed up with Aquaponics Deutschland e.V. to plan the system and we built the prototype in Germany. Together we created a modular, thus scalable, system with resources that are affordable and available in our target regions.