What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is an innovative and sustainable form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants) into one integrated system. 

In this balanced ecosystem, microbes convert ammonia from the fish waste into nitrates, which provide an organic food source for the growing plants. 

The plants then use these nutrients and act as as a natural filter to purify the water that is returned to the fish and re-used.

What is aquaponics? This diagram shows how on a basic system how the system works.

Unlike aquaculture and hydroponics systems where large volumes of water must be discharged regularly or replaced due to salt and chemical buildup, fresh water is only added to an aquaponics system to replace the small amount lost to evaporation and transpiration.

Green Relief is proud to be the first licensed producer of medical cannabis using aquaponics as a low-impact agricultural solution for growing a 'better than organic' product for its patients.

Some tilapia swim in their aquaponics tanks, which we're using to grow medical cannabis.