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Aquaponics

A Sustainable Food Production System of Fish and Vegetables

 

Aquaponics is a growing trend for gardeners because it is cost effective and can produce organic, GMO-free food all year round.

 

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What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines Aquaculture (farming of aquatic organisms like fish) and Hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Aquatic by-product is broken down into nitrates and nitrites that serve as nutrients to the plants. An aquaponics system produces fish and other aquatic animals while growing various types of vegetables in a symbiotic environment.

 

 


There are 3 main types of aquaponic systems:

 

Media-Filled or Gravel Bed System

 

A flood and drain or continuous flow system where water from the fish tank is pumped through containers filled with small rocks or clay pebbles and then circulated back to the fish tank. The flood and drain system typically consists of gravel while the continuous flow system uses clay pebbles. This system is often used in backyards.
Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)

 

Commonly used in hydroponic systems, NFT is a system of pvc pipes and mechanical filtration that allows water to flow in a thin film through a channel from the fish tank. Small leafy plants absorb the nutrients from the water through its roots. This is not suitable for larger plants due to the enclosed gutters and can be expensive to set up.
Deep Water Culture (DWC)/Raft System

 

High volumes of water provide stable temperatures for fish and plants in a system with floating rafts. Foam rafts with holes for plant roots, float on a fish tank or a container/channel filled with filtered fish tank water. This is a popular method because it is relatively inexpensive to build and maintain, but this is not suitable for larger plants with bigger root systems.

 


Why choose Americover for your aquaponics liner applications?

 

Americover is the leader in specialty plastic sheeting for the aquaponics/hydroponics industry because we offer products that are organically certifiable, fish safe and FDA 21 CFR 177.1520 (c) 3.2 compliant. Our aquaponics liners won’t leach chemicals, are durable, and last for years. The longevity of our liners minimizes the need to replace the liner as often which saves you time and money. Regular poly will deteriorate and can sometimes leach harmful toxins into your applications, so quality is important when it comes to applications for produce you plan to consume.

 

What does Americover recommend for your aquaponics liners?

12 mil and 20 mil Reinforced Polyethylene Sheeting

 

20 mil Reinforced White is manufactured with virgin resins. It is a high strength, polyethylene film laminated together with a layer of polyester scrim reinforcement sandwiched between the outer layers. The scrim reinforcement increases its durability stopping rips and tears from spreading. This aquaponic/hydroponic liner contains UV inhibitors and thermal stabilizers to extend its longevity in outdoor weather conditions. 20 mil reinforced polyethylene sheeting is white on both sides and designed to reflect heat, reducing heat build-up. Americover offers different sizes and brands for this product, if you aren’t sure which product you need for your application, please contact a sales representative at 800-747-6095.

 

Product Highlights:

• Scrim Reinforced for Durability

• Thermal Stabilizers for longevity

• 100% virgin resin, organically certifiable

• FDA Compliant

• Heat Reflector/UV resistant

Common Aquaponics Applications:

• Aquaponics grow bed liner

• Aquaponics gravel bed system liner

• Aquaponics Trough Liner

• Deep Water Culture System Liner (Raft Bed Liner)

• Various types of pond liners:

        • Fish Pond Liner

        • Koi Pond Liner

        • Garden Pond Liner

• Shrimp Raceway Liner

 

12 mil Reinforced White/Black is manufactured with virgin resins. It is black on one side and on the other side it is a reflective white. This aquaponics liner is a great economical choice when cost is a factor. It is a high strength, polyethylene film laminated together with a layer of polyester scrim reinforcement sandwiched between the outer layers. The scrim reinforcement increases its durability, stopping rips and tears from spreading. This aquaponic/hydroponic liner contains UV inhibitors and thermal stabilizers to extend its longevity in outdoor weather conditions.

 

Product Highlights:

• Scrim Reinforced for Durability

• Thermal Stabilizers for longevity

• 100% virgin resin, organically certifiable

• FDA Compliant

• Heat Reflector/UV resistant

Common Aquaponics Applications:

• Aquaponics grow bed liner

• Aquaponics gravel bed system liner

• Aquaponics Trough Liner

• Deep Water Culture System Liner (Raft Bed Liner)

• Various types of pond liners:

        • Fish Pond Liner

        • Koi Pond Liner

        • Garden Pond Liner

• Shrimp Raceway Liner

 


EPDM, HDPE, and LLDPE

 

 

EPDM, HDPE and LLDPE are also manufactured with virgin resins, but these liners are significantly more expensive than the string reinforced and are generally designed for much larger aquaponics applications and commercial applications. These liners aren’t prone to environmental stress-cracking and are UV stabilized to withstand prolonged sunlight exposure. HDPE and LLDPE liners are great for outdoor applications. It is fish and potable water grade safe, as well as durable. Depending on which HDPE or LLDPE liner you are interested in they can range from 20 mil and up. This is a better option for commercial aquaponics and aquaculture.

 


Americover does not install aquaponics liners, but below are a few detailed videos to show you how. If you have trouble deciding which liner is right for your project, don't hesitate to give us a call 800-747-6095. We are experts in plastic sheeting and its applications.

 

Ghog63 Gravel Bed Frame and Liner Installation:

 

 

Jeff Barriault 5 part DWC Grow Bed - Parts 1-3 cover the trough frame, Parts 4-5 are the liner installation.Aquaponics NYC

Part 1

Part 2

Part 2B

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

6 part video -

How To Build a 100 Gallon Aquaponic System