Credit for photos: Edwin Gomez (Colombia)
Review: Edwin Gomez and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
It has been claimed that by growing vertically (shown in the photos), one can produce about twice the amount of plants compared to a hydroponic system of the same area. As in typical aquaponic projects, the system puts fish waste to fertilizer plant crops. Also, because the system is soil free with a minimum-if any- release of waste, there’s no need for fertilizer or for most pesticides.
Leafy vegetables, tomatoes and herbs are commonly used in such systems, and so do flowers. In regard to the fish component, several species showed significant performance. In regard to warm water fish, tilapia has been frequently recommended.
These photos have been taken in a recent vertical aquaponic model in Colombia. Because of the simplicity of the design, easiness to operate, and its relatively low cost, the model shown in the photos has been designed for people with limited resources especially in situations without much horizontal space.