Anyways... Thought I would share... In a way, aqua-ponics is a "garden pond" or watergardening to a quite high degree. With the proper precautions, a basic and quite small goldfish pond can very efficiently irrigate, in an open system where the water is filtered and returned to the pond, and feed a vegetable garden when the proper aqua-ponic techniques are implemented and a greenhouse is not required. Greenhouses are only used to extend the growing season and to ensure biological security. There are other devices and techniques that can be used to ensure biological security so that there is no concern of biological contamination of edible food. For those that have been following Earthan Group's website, it is only offline temporarily. Mr. Van Der Werf has been maintaining it and operating it personally and so, due to this current project, he has not had much time at all dedicated to maintaining and improving the website. Since he will be on-site trying to secure this project until it obtains a cash flow, whether a success to one degree or another, which could take some time, he has not spent much time at all on the website. However, he is hoping, in some time, the website and his quite informative articles and videos and sage wisdom will be online once again. What happened to Earthan Group? As some have followed my posts, there has been references to the Earthan Group website. No need to fret. It is only offline temporarily and, in some time, it will return. In the mean while, this is what Earthan Group has been up to... Check out Mr. Van Der Werf's progess on his facebook page. It is quite thrilling and ground breaking, that is to anyone interested in such a thing. Whether this project is a success or failure, the data collected from it will be opening new doors and make a mark in history for this industry. Earthan Group Pty Ltd - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates For those unaware... Aqua-ponic farming is the collision of aquaculture farming and hydroponic farming. Aquaculture farming involves the breeding, growing, and selling of edible fish livestock and other seafood in a controlled facility. Hydroponic farming involves growing vegetables, fruit, and other crops without a soil medium, with highly concentrated nutrient supplements, minimal water usage, and tremendous yield per square foot of area. Aqua-ponics is the collision of these two farms where primarily the nitrogen component, along with other nutrients, of growing produce is obtained from the growth of fish and the proper recycling of waste. Standalone aquaculture farming has been and is quite commercially viable. Standalone hydroponic farming has been and is quite commercially viable. Aqua-ponic farming has been struggling to be commercially viable due to the additional equipment involved in preserving the fish waste so to be composted, that is mineralized, and other equipment involved in recycling the fish's liquid excretion into proper plant soluble nutrients. Also, there has to be a degree of separation between the aquaculture operations and the vegetable/fruit operations and, yet, still have a degree of assimilation between the two. All of this adds significant capital and overhead costs. Currently, many aqua-ponic farmers require the involvement of additional income, through selling consultations or training or some other products and government assistance and subsidized labor, to help their financials break even. The successes in aqua-ponics have been quite rare, quite small, and only been limited to small niche markets. Mr. Van Der Werf is attempting to make aqua-ponics viable on its own merits at the core of operations, like any other conventional commercial farmer, that is without the need for supplemental income nor government grants nor subsidized labor. P.S. : As with every aquatic industry it seems, there are the shysters out there and I strongly encourage not buying these crazy expensive aquaponic startup kits since they are not necessary at all. Anyways.... There ya go... Hope it is interesting to someone.