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"Through Vortex Aquaponics, I am commited to bringing an ancient aboriginal way of thinking back into the mainstream. Our kids want to reconnect with their food, and aquaponics is a fascinating example of how nature provides the symbiosis which allows us to grow our own organic food up to TWICE as fast as conventional gardening while using up to 90% less water. This is one way we can take back our food security and live sustainably."
-Roland J. Peltier
What is Aquaponics?

What is Aquaponics?


The most simple definition of Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

The third participants are microbes (nitrifying bacteria). These bacteria convert ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, and then into nitrates. Nitrates are the form of nitrogen that plants can uptake and use to grow. Solid fish waste is turned into vermicompost that also acts as food for the plants.

In combining both hydroponic and aquaculture systems, aquaponics capitalizes on their benefits, and eliminates the drawbacks of each.

The Aquaponics Cycle
What We Build

What We Build


Aquaponic Systems

Aquaponic Systems


Aquaponics Setup
Vortex Aquaponics builds Aquaponics systems which are self-contained food production units intended to be a teaching tool in schools, a growing product in homes and a low maintenance aesthetics feature in businesses.
Handmade In Canada
Passive Solar Greenhouses

Passive Solar Greenhouses


Passive Solar Greenhouse Build
Vortex Aquaponics designs and builds custom passive solar greenhouses with full aquaponics systems, which will provide fresh fish and organic vegetables year round, even up here in Canada's north.
What We Do

What We Do


Education in Schools

Education in Schools


We offer educational services, such as tutorials for students and adults, complete system set-up and optional on-going maintenance of both aquaponics systems and passive solar greenhouse builds.
Consultation

Consultation


We offer consulting services for public and commercial sector aquaponics projects with our commitment to dependability, competency and practicality. If you need guidance we can provide you with all you need to successfully implement your own aquaponics project.
Design

Design


We offer design services for those looking to create their own custom aquaponics setup from the ground up. From small-scale apartment-sized models to large-scale commercial sector projects we can help you design the perfect aquaponics setup.
Build

Build


We offer building services for those individuals wishing to be guided through the process of constructing their own aquaponics setup. We specialize in public and private sector builds. From the apartment-sized to the commercial-sized we can tackle any project.
Benefits of Aquaponics

Benefits of Aquaponics


  • Waist-high aquaponic gardening eliminates weeds, back strain, and small animal access to your garden.
  • Aquaponics relies on the recycling of nutrient-rich water continuously. In aquaponics there is no toxic run-off from either hydroponics or aquaculture.
  • Aquaponics uses only 1/10th of the water of soil-based gardening, and even less water than hydroponics or recirculating aquaculture.
  • No harmful petro chemicals, pesticides or herbicides can be used. It's a natural eco system!
  • Gardening chores are cut down dramatically or eliminated. The aquaponics grower is able to focus on the enjoyable tasks of feeding the fish and tending to and harvesting the plants.
  • Aquaponic systems can be put anywhere; use them outside, in a greenhouse, in your basement, or in your living room! By using grow-lighting, any space can become a productive garden.
  • Aquaponic systems are scaleable! They can fit most sizes and budgets; from small countertop herb systems, to backyard gardens, to full scale farms; aquaponics can do it all!
  • And the best part - You get to harvest both plants and fish from your garden. Truly raise your entire meal in your backyard.
Aquaponics Setup