Ultimate Aquaponics setup

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I actually thought I already posted about this bad boy which unfortunately is only a design concept from Philips.  For those that are not familiar:

Aquaponics is the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a recirculating environment.

Aquatic animal effluent (for example fish waste) accumulates in water as a by-product of keeping them in a closed system or tank (for example a recirculating aquaculture system). The effluent-rich water becomes high in plant nutrients but this is correspondingly toxic to the aquatic animal.

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This system is called the BioTower, the first 2 levels are hydroponic plants with the third being algae.  The fourth layer contains shrimp and fish which produce organic waste which is stored in the bottom layer.

The lights are powered using optical fibers from the sun and the methane from the organic waste powers the lights at night.  The plants and seafood can then be consumed all powered by the various ecosystems.

I couldn’t even imagine what something like this would cost if it came out of the design phase, though a simple cover over the organic waste and this would make a great conversation piece.

8 Responses to “Ultimate Aquaponics setup”

  1. Tina Says:

    This is a beautiful system. I love that this is a total sustainable circle of life. I would love dabbling in something like this on a smaller scale.


  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Tina, I agree would make a nice conversation piece. Smaller scale system is on my list as well. Sure if I found a cheap/free fish tank one of these days…


  3. Coffeeguy Says:

    Sounds pretty cool! Although, realistically, it won’t be self-sustaining without a little outside help, it’s a good way to make the most of what we already have. I regularly use aquarium water plus the fish waste which is vacuumed up each week for my garden; 20-gal tank with a 25 percent water change each week equals 5 gallons of “fish-poop water” for the garden. This would also make a neat setup for seedlings!


  4. Black Says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! IO want this I want this !!!!!!!!! where can i buy it?????????


  5. John Says:

    Wow, that is really nice looking. As much effort probably went in to the looks as did the design/function.

    My aquaponic gardens may not look as nice, but I do love them.


  6. aquaponics Says:

    Fantastic freshly picked tomatoes from my aquaponics garden, delicious.


  7. Uriel Says:

    This is a beautiful system and would take Aquaponics far into the mailstream. Good work!


  8. Nelson Says:

    I was thinking about something like this I knew this type of design would be coming, its beautiful !

    BTW Coffeeguy, it really is a self- sustainable system, it just takes a little more than merely using the fish waste water, not much more, but just a tweek or two, it is truly an amazing new food production system.


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