24 Oct '16, 12pm

3D-printed Aquaponic Homes grow their own veggies and fish

One of the finalists of Inhabitat’s recent Biodesign competition , Aquaponic Future Housing comprises a three-level home 3D-printed with biodegradable plastic that also has its own closed-loop aquaponics system. “A symbiosis between hydroponics and aquaculture,” aquaponics is a perfect example of a self-sufficient, living machine that produces food without creating waste or pollution. Simply put, an aquaponics system combines aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) and hydroponics (the growing of plants without soil) and consists of a hydroponic grow bed filled with plants positioned above a water tank containing fish or other aquatic life. Fish excrement and uneaten feed is filtered out of the water through the plants’ roots and is absorbed as essential ammonia-rich nutrients that allows plants to thrive. This win-win situation creates a highly productive ecosystem and y...

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