Aquaponics

Aquaponics is the combination of both aquaculture and hydroponics; with this you are growing both fish and plants in a soilless environment. Through aquaponics you are no longer the primary nutrient supplier to the system. Your fish are. Provided you feed a nutrient rich feed, your fish will essentially fertilize the water and in turn your plants will remove these vitamins and minerals from the water column to grow. With the creation of this unique system you are literally building a symbiotic ecosystem.

Along with perfecting your microgreens, Mountain Man Micro Farms LLC is working towards educating the public on all of the advantages to aquaponics and explain the beauty and simplicity of the entire concept to whomever would like to listen. Along with this we are working towards putting out more sound research on proven system designs so as to continue to push the limits and effectiveness of an aquaponics system both for the backyard hobbyist as well as for commercial use. Currently, we are designing aquaponic systems for the non-profit company, Targeted Aquaponic Growth (tag2grow.org). The purpose of these systems are to serve as a means of providing quality food to schools and orphanages in developing countries.

Andrew McArdle giving a tour of the aquaponic system that he developed for Texas AgriLife in South Texas.

Andrew McArdle giving a tour of the aquaponic system that he developed for Texas AgriLife in South Texas.

Aquaponics performing at its finest.

Aquaponics performing at its finest.

Aquaponics is all made possible by the nutrients that passes through the fish. In this case, Tilapia. This particular image shows a female holding hundreds of eggs in which she is incubating within her mouth.

Aquaponics is all made possible by the nutrients that passes through the fish. In this case, Tilapia. This particular image shows a female holding hundreds of eggs in which she is incubating within her mouth.

Monster Mustard Plant.

Monster Mustard Plant.