YES Aquaponics was born because we all need to address the future of our planet and the skill sets needed to create a sustainable contribution to our future already existed within our company. We are well versed in water pumping systems, plastics and qualified in biological sciences. Living on an a water stressed island in the Mediterranean with massive annual population density variations and working as a support company to high end hospitality it has become clear that we needed to mitigate our impact on the environment and look for better solutions for the future. The goal of YES Aquaponics is to create systems that will allow for local growth of high end products that can be supplied to hotels, yachts and local people without the need for shipping in from abroad. Although still in our infancy the objective is to make this a reality, to reach a point of local and sustainable food production.
We live in a world of high population density where farming is taking an ever bigger toll on the environment. At this point in time the effects of climate change are becoming more and more evident, something needs to change. We do not need to be shifting exotic fruits around the world or supplying restaurants and supermarkets from half way across the planet when we can develop the means of growing those products close to the point of sale, if not actually on site.
Aquaponics arose from hydroponics and fish farming, both represent a change in production methods, however both produce waste which has to be dumped into the environment. Aquaponics solves this issue by turning that fish waste into plant fertilizer, once established it forms an ever cycling biosystem which if properly managed requires very little extra input, fish food and some micronutrients and the system will comfortably produce a range of fruit and vegetables almost all year round.
Our aim is to produce modular systems that are adaptable to any space and easily scalable from small to large systems. With our systems any roof top, terrace, patio space can be put to use to grow vegetables and fruit. Ultimately we will design, build and supply systems to hotels and restaurants with the aim of giving them sustainable production, on sight with minimal carbon footprint.
Our systems have so far produced results on the following plants: Lettuce, Cabbage, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Basil, Coriander, Rocket, Onions, Leek, Egg Plant, Peppers, Chilies, Bananas, Blueberry, Loofah, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Strawberry, still experimenting with Lychee, Papaya.
We have built a germination facility and as part of our service to clients will be the supply of germinated seedlings to add into their established systems.
Our modular systems allow for a mix and match of alternative growing modules from flush and drain, drip fed and deepwater beds. All can be linked together and used tailored to suit the clients needs.
Flush and Drain systems consist of raised tanks that feed either directly from a fish tank or via a sump tank. The principle of these works on the nutrient rich water being cycled through the beds, alternately filling and then draining down rapidly exposing the roots to air and thus increasing the oxygen levels. The medium in which the plants sit becomes laden with bacteria that convert the fish waste in the form of ammonia into nitrites and nitrates which serve as nutrient for the plants. Once established this allows for increased growth rates and apart from water loss via transpiration and some evaporation the system uses much less water than soil based systems. The tanks we supply come in a variety of sizes and each has a bell siphon which serves as the drainage mechanism., we also supply the stands and the plumbing for water supply.
Drip fed systems include drainage trays, rectangular pots for media and plumbing for the drip feeds, these systems work on the same principle as the flush and drain beds regards bacterial conversion of wastes and are best suited to plants that need good drainage and don’t tolerate too much inundation. These beds drain back into the main system.
Deep water beds are for plants that can tolerate their roots being permanently submerged, they consist of a tank and a floating raft that covers the surface and holds baskets in which the veg is grown. There is a constant aeration of the roots which prevents root rot and promotes growth, like the drip fed beds the system drains back to the main sump tank.