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November 22, 2016 - 08:46

Aquaponics, a blend of aquaculture and hydroponics that grows both fish and plants for personal consumption, is an increasingly popular hobby. Read the short description below by clicking on the title or picture.

It works by pumping rich nutrients excreted by fish through a connected hydroponics system, where these are broken down by bacteria to provide organic food for plants. The water is then recirculated into the aquaculture system with a lower level of ammonia, making it more tolerable for the fish.

Aquaponics is a great way to grow your own organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and fish and, if done with biosecurity in mind, can also help reduce the spread of pests and diseases into waterways.

Article published by the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia in the Freshwater Guardian eNewsletter, July 2016.

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