We decided to create an aquaponic system as autonomous as possible. In order to do so, we invented a module which could be integrated in any building. In our case, this system is composed by a 830 L aquarium and an addional tank. Those tank are separated by 18 zipgrow towers, an innovative way to cultivate, vertically, food plants (around 300 kg per year it represent the consumpon in vegetables for 4 people). The ensemble, composed by the fishtank and zipgrow towers, will be embedded into a wall separating patio area and a corridor into the house. As you can see, the virtual design stage is almost completed, which will allow us to carry out inial test.
The water treatment device developed by our team can be considered as an innovative solution since it lies on two biological systems of filtration : the lumbrifilter and the Bio Solar Purification which is an UV device. These systems have never been coupled before.
The Lumbrifilter is a biological filter composed of several layers. The first one contains earthworms which feed on waste and excrement in the water. The other layers are mainly rocks allowing the development of aerobic bacteria which filter other particles that the worms can no filter. However, it can’t erase fecal bacterias hence the interest to use another system of filtration, the Bio Solar Purification which creates biomass while destroying fecal bacteria.