Growing the Future

SynergyPonics is a Aquaponics design and development company based in Gauteng South-Africa. We pride ourselves on providing
our clients with relevant information to help them achieve their goals. we specialize in design, building and educating our
clients on commercial and residential Aquaponics systems. We believe that Aquaponics and other sustainable food production
systems play an increasingly important role in South-Africas future as the countries natural resources are depleted.

Aquaponics

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (the rearing of aquatic animals like fish, lobster, snails etc.) and hydroponics (the method of growing plants in a soilless environment).

Aquaponics uses the natural bacterial cycle to convert fish waste into plant nutrients without the need to discard any water or add any chemical fertilizers.

 

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using only water and chemical nutrients. Hydroponics, like aquaponics, uses the method of bathing the roots of the plants in highly oxygenated and nutrient rich water.

In aquaponics, the expensive nutrient solutions in hydroponics is replaced with a less expensive fish feed. And as some ingredients are over mind these nutrient solutions are becoming more and more expensive

Water in hydroponic systems need to be periodically discharged because the salt and chemical build up levels become toxic to the plants. This is not the case with aquaponic systems. Aquaponics is a recirculating system, and water loss mostly comes from evaporation and transpiration. With aquaponics you never replace your water you only top it up.

 

Aquaculture

Aquaculture is defined as the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants, especially fish, shellfish and seaweed, in a natural or controlled marine or fresh water environment.

Today we are able to cultivate tons of fish in a close proximity due to Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, or RAS. These systems can be set-up practically anywhere.

The downside to these systems is the high energy consumption due to their dependence on power for the pumps, filtration units and aerators.

Another drawback is disposing of all the waste: fish produce ammonia through their gills and solid waste through their digestive systems, and the build-up becomes toxic to the fish. The disposal of this waste can be very expensive.

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