Tilapia is a popular fish for aquaponics, in that it is a sturdy and adaptable fish.
Aquaponics is changing the way we grow food. By combining aquaculture and hydroponics, plants and fish are grown in a symbiotic system, with fish waste providing an organic fertilizer to feed the plants, and the plants providing a natural filtration system.
This method uses ninety percent less water than soil based farming, and doesn't involve any pesticides or artificial nutrients. Because the fish environment is spacious and clean, there is no need for antibiotics.
Aquaponics has gone from the realm of experimental to an efficient and sustainable way to feed large populations, even in an urban setting. Aquaponics is adaptable to any scale, from a backyard system to a large commercial system.