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. 

Here is where the perfect synergy of aquaponics happens:

  • The waste of fish enriches the water with many mineral compounds.
  • Water is circulated through a biofilter - essentially a colony of nitrifying bacteria which turn ammonia and nitrites into plant-nurturing nitrates.
  • Plants consume excess nitrates for growth
  • The water is then filtered back and returned to the fish tank.

 The cycle goes on, producing high yields of both fish and vegetables.

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Please contact the Sustainability Office at (985) 549-3333 to learn more about Aquaponics and other sustainable initiatives and scheduling a tour of Southeastern's Sustainability Center, email us at