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Aquaponics – Collaboration of fish and greens

Posted in Models, RDAG by Devin Maeztri on April 27th, 2009

Aquaponics is the integration of fish and hydroponic plant production in a circular system,where nutrient-rich water is removed from the fish tank to grow plants, which, once cleansed by the plants, reticulates back to the fish culture where the cycle begins again.


Aquaponic systems thus provide a closed resource loop that conserves both organic matter and water. They are designed for both commercial and domestic use existing at different scales and are able to provide enough fresh fish and greens to feed a family or more each year. Examples of aquaponic production in Melbourne include the semi-commercial trial aquaponic system at CERES Community Environment Park and various household systems able which are purchased from various suppliers.

To find out more about aquaponics visit the CERES website at or Aquaponics Solutions at

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.