What is Aquaponics?


As defined by the Aquaponic Association, “…aquaponics is a synergistic growing technique in which fish and plants are grown together in the same systems. The fish waste feeds the growing plants using organic hydroponic techniques. The plants, in turn, clean and filter the water that returns to the fish environment.”

These principles and the practicality of aquaponics are on display at the Together We Stand Hollywood Lake Garden project. Here we demonstrate that with a little effort everyone has the ability of creating a sustainable living environment, even in their own backyard. Growing a variety of healthy organic produce and farming high protein fish, such as tilapia. The crops are always in rotation; you will never see the same product growing twice in the same place. Here you can learn how various foods and medicines grow in aquaponics.

Advantages of Aquaponics

Water usage is about 90% less than traditional soil gardening. All the water in an aquaponic system is recycled throughout the system. The water doesn’t need to be changed or discarded.

This process speeds the growth of plants because their roots are watered (flooded) about once every hour with a higher concentration of nitrates.

The plant nutrients are produced by the breaking down of fish waste.

Requires less space than traditional soil gardening. Aquaponic crops can be grown horizontally or vertically.