Aquaponics is essentially the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system, which can be as simple or complex as you like. With an input of fish feed, nitrogen-rich fish waste is converted by bacteria into nutrients for growing plants that in turn filter the water.  The system requires no weeding, no digging, and no fertilizers... a basic endless food system.  

History of Aquaponics

 Long before the term “aquaponics” was coined in the 1970s, the Aztec Indians raised plants on rafts on the surface of a lake and in the Chinampa canals in approximately 1,000 A.D. 

Several thousand years ago in South China, Thailand, and Indonesia they began a form of aquaponics in their rice fields, which integrated finfish, catfish, ducks, and plants in a symbiotic relationship. 

In modern times aquaponics emerged from the aquaculture industry as fish farmers were exploring methods of raising fish while  trying to decrease their dependence on the land, water and other  resources.  

For modern history and the smaller backyard systems, Dr James Rakocy is recognized as the father of Aquaponics for his work since the 1980’s.

In January, 2010 the Aquaponic Gardening Community was formed, and it has since become the largest online gathering place for aquapons in North America. 

In August of 2014 the first Aquaponics Fest was held in Longmont, Colorado, for home and school aquaponic gardeners. 


Our new vertical aquaponics system is currently being designed where we will specifically grow different varieties of lettuce with this system. We are in the process of engineering this system to use an example/teaching tool to show how aquaponics for the home can be built with little money and little space.

About Our Tilapia

All of our tilapia are non-GMO and fed a non-GMO diet.  By that not only do we mean free of plant-based material that may contain pesticide, but animal parts as well.  Even though the practice of using leftovers from butchered land animals is approved by the FDA, mad cow disease and the like could still enter the fish through the food you feed, which is why we take the extra steps to feed only organic quality ingredients.  

Why Tilapia?


Quickly becoming one of the most popular eating fish in the US because of it’s mild taste and firm texture.:

  • Tilapia are perhaps the oldest farmed fish on the  planet as there are documented accounts of them having been farmed as  far back as ancient Egypt. 
  • One of the oldest accounts of Tilapia farming is a bas-relief that was found in a 4,000 year old Egyptian tomb showing Tilapia held in ponds. 
  • The Tilapia was such an important food source for the Egyptians that it has it’s own hieroglyph 

Health Benefits

 Tilapia have become so popular they've taken on the erroneous title, "Chicken of the Sea" :

  • Tilapia are soft as butter.
  • Tilapia is fish that doesn’t taste fishy. Being mild in flavor, tilapia quickly accept the flavor of whatever sauces or spices you use in preparation. 
  • Tilapia are low calorie, low fat, high protein alternative to a skinless chicken breast.
  • Fresh Tilapia fillets are also an excellent source of Phosphorus, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B12 and Potassium. 
  • 4-ounce tilapia filet - 105 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 23 grams of protein.
  • Pure strain tilapia are "kosher".  According to and the Jewish Orthodox Union, true pure strain tilapia are a clean Kosher fish.  

Why Raise Tilapia?

Tilapia also happens to be the easiest fish to grow in an Aquaponic system:

  • Tilapia are rugged,resistant to disease and parasites and can tolerate lots of beginner learning-curve issues. 
  • Tilapia can handle a wide range of water quality and temperature challenges.
  • Tilapia can survive longer in a toxic water environment with low oxygen and/or high ammonia levels.  


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