What Are Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.
Aquaponic systems vary in size from small indoor or outdoor units to large commercial units, using the same technology. The systems usually contain fresh water, but salt water systems are plausible depending on the type of aquatic animal and which plants.
What is Alberta Aquaponics?
We are Donna Hayes and Gord Hayes and we are interested in growing and eating the best food around, being more in touch with the food that we eat and the world around us.
We do what we love; we grow food and fish and share our knowledge with others.
We offer classes and clinics on Aeroponics, Aquaponics and Fish Culture. We have a monthly meet-up to get to know each other a little better and do a face-to-face exchange of ideas and concepts. We have a Tilapia fishery going and a store to get all of your gardening equipment.
How can I get involved?
If you have read this far, you already are involved. The next step is to come join up with us.
You can follow us here on this website at www.albertaaquaponics.ca, get involved with our forums on this website and/ or you can follow our Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/461623450519737/ and/or Our Facebook Page at Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/#!/AlbertaAquaponics.
Although we are based in Calgary, Alberta Canada, we have members in our group from all over Canada and the world, so don’t be shy if you are not in Alberta or the Calgary area.
We have a Forum where we have FAQ’s and answer to many of the questions you may have. For fastest answers, check there first. (yes, you do need to sign up to post in the forum)
A second choice to contact us is on Facebook in the group page. Here you can get answers fairly fast from not just folks at Alberta Aquaponics but also others who are involved in aquaponics.
You can also contact us by the contact form below where we will get back to you as soon as we can.