The weather outside
might be frightful, but the aquaponics and fish in our library are delightful!
thanks of an Olentangy Education Foundation (OEF) grant, Tyler Run was able to establish an indoor organic
garden as an offshoot of its outdoor greenhouse and garden.
Aquaponics is the
science of raising vegetables and fish in a closed re-circulating
system-essentially the marriage of a fish farm and hydroponics. In this
type of system, the water is cycled between a fish tank and the grow area (on
top), where the fish waste provides nutrients for plants and in turn, the water
is filtered for the fish. It is a biologically efficient and organic
The benefits of
creating this type of environment:
1) a 90 %
reduction in water use compared to regular growing.
2) 97% less water
use than conventional hydroponic systems.
3) It is
soil-less and requires less resources and space.
products that do not use pesticides, herbicides or added fertilizer.
Right now the
fish are doing their job! In another just about 3-4 weeks we've had this
much plant growth.
used the tank as a teacher reward, brain break, to measure plant growth and to
measure ammonia and PH levels, not to mention the abundance of vegetation!