The aquaponics system at Rice Lane City Farm in Walton, Liverpool, is now complete and going through rigorous testing. This system has been developed thanks to Big Lottery funding under the project title Walton and Bootle Community Aquaponics. We are now building on this work by launching the Aquaponics North West project.
The system is now ready for Rice Lane City Farm to start training volunteers and members of the public in the benefits of aquaponics – a process in which fish waste is used to fertilise hydroponically grown plants, the water is filtered and cleaned and returned to the fish tanks. Aquaponics is a highly efficient form of food production and is perfect for small and medium size installations. Some aquaponics systems are even sold as tabletop or balcony models.
The Rice Lane system, designed and built by Urbanag, is medium sized and can be seen in the PDF document we have produced recording the processes involved in its installation. Unlike most aquaponics systems, the Rice Lane system is designed to rear cold-water fish. Most systems are based in warm, even tropical, countries and feature fish such as the Nile River tilapia. At Rice Lane, we currently have a small stock of carp, and we’re planning to introduce trout soon. We’ll keep you informed of developments on the site – including the training programme – and in the meantime, please download the ‘The Aquaponics System at Rice Lane City Farm‘.