Aquaponics - A sustainable and high yield cultivation method

Aquaponics is an innovative and sustainable form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants).

Aquaponics dramatically reduced water use and with water being a scarce resource in Australia, it makes sense to use methods that reduce the amount of water used to produce the same amount of product. As the water from the fish tank is recirculated, the amount of water lost in the system is minimal. In conventional farming, the irrigation water is pumped out onto the land, only to be lost through evaporation, percolation or runoff.
  MOCA Cultivating cannabis with Aquaponics

  • Aquaponics creates one integrated system that exist in a symbiotic relationship allowing for a complete closed loop
  •   In this balanced ecosystem, microbes convert ammonia from the fish waste into nitrates, which provide an organic food source for the growing plants.
  • The plants then use these nutrients and act as a natural filter to purify the water that is returned to the fish and re-used. 
  • Fresh water is only added to an Aquaponics system to replace the small amount lost to evaporation and transpiration. 
  • Unlike aquaculture and hydroponics systems where large volumes of water must be discharged regularly or replaced due to salt and chemical build-up

How Aquaponics Works – Clean Cannabis free of pesticides

Aquaponics cultivation System for MOCA

Minimal waste results in significantly improved crop yields

  • Aquaponics produces a significantly higher yield per acre while using 90% less water than conventional agriculture
  • Traditional methods use ‘messy’ growing processes with high cost of waste (e.g. soil, special fertilizers)

Symbiotic relationship between fish and plants is a replication of a natural ecosystem

  • Plants grow at their own pace utilizing naturally occurring food, allowing nature to take its course
  • Traditional farmers, and some organic farmers, supplement their soil or water with chemically derived fertilizers

Sustainable, regenerative practice creates ‘better than organic’ medical cannabis

  • No requirement for chemical fertilizers making for a better tasting product, with superior flavour, at a lower cost
  • Requires significantly less labour inputs compared to traditional methods - typically sterile man-made environments

Aquaponics results in COGS that are significantly less than for other growing systems

  • Natural, largely self-sustaining, ecosystem requires less inputs (fertilizer and labour)
  • Purpose built, modern, efficient, earth sheltered building and state of the art LED lighting substantially reduces energy costs
  • Relatively short growing cycles and high product yields further reduce COGS.

Aquaponics is environmentally responsible and appealing to socially conscious customers

  • Typical chemical fertilizers and pesticides cannot be used.
  • A by-product of Aquaponics is a steady supply of healthy, naturally grown, organic fish.
  • Socially conscious customers will be largest segment of market demographically.