Turning Fish Poop Into Produce

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOEfQGEl8eg&w=560&h=315] Aquaponics combines both aquaculture (raising marine life) and hydroponics (growing plants). Bill Carlson, the co-owner of Mountainside Lavender Farm, along with his wife, Lori Carlson, utilizes this concept. Carlson has a greenhouse aquaponic system in which fish waste provides nutrients for plants, the plants help clean the water, which is then cycled back to the fish tanks.When Carlson first started out, he was more interested in growing fish rather than produce, but realized how the two could easily intertwine. His fish tanks include tilapia, goldfish, catfish and bluegill.  Carlson states that the system seems more complex than it really is. Carlson, with the help of his older brother, built the existing system in a greenhouse. There are three fish tanks, with a single, underground tank that pushes the water into the three tanks.The fish waste creates ammonia, which later turns into nitrates, which is absorbed by the plants to grow. Carlson has started the Portland Metro Aquaponics Meetup Group, which would be a great starting point for anyone interesting in learning more. This an awesome example of green living at its best….if only I had a greenhouse. Watch the video to learn more. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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