In the Yan Yean Learning Community we now have an Aquaponics system containing two Southern Pygmy Perch which are fish local to our waterways. Edmond the Stormwater Management Coordinator from the Whittlesea Council has established this extraordinary fish tank with the help of our students. The students have been very excited to learn about how aquaponics works and really enjoyed helping Edmond put the system together. Each day we have monitors that feed the fish and all the students are excited to see our vegetables growing so quickly. Our end goal is to regularly harvest our crops and eventually release our fish into our local creek (with permission from the Victorian Government). We are all very excited to be part of this sustainability process that impacts the community we live in. Below is a brief description of how aquaponics works.
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil. Aquaponics uses these two systems, where plants are fed by the discharge or waste from the fish. In return, the vegetables clean the water to keep the fish healthy. The result is a perfect collaboration between fish and plants.
Aquaponics is a big hope for sustainable organic crop production, aquaculture and water consumption. The fish waste is recycled and used for plant growth instead of throwing it in the ocean. The water is recirculated which means less water is needed in the system.