The Biogarden 2/1 is dual trough single tanks system for organic hydroponics, bioponics, aquaponics and aquaculture.
Because it is a single level growing system it also makes an ideal trough for raising a variety of plants and vegetable crops directly under the sun. When growing plants, using conventional soilless techniques growers can either fill beds with aggregate for flood and drain technique or else utilize DWC deep water culture, NFT nutrient film techniqe or ALT air layer technique. Bioponica’s trickle valve allows for use of all techniques and replaces need for bell siphon or bulk head fittings.
If raised indoors, a frame can be mounted to hold metal halide, induction or LED lights.
In addition to conventional soilless growing of plants, the versatile Biogarden is a virtual aquaculture research lab to raise a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and study aquatic organisms.
The single level system is ideal for growing spirulina, a blue-green algae superfood. It may be used to research other varieties of algae for its many uses as a fuel, fertilizer or carbon sink.. The black troughs are great at attracting solar energy and production of algae is great. It is also excellent for growing another important water plant called duckweed.
Student and researchers will be able to make use of the Biogarden as a lab instrument for side by side study and control inputs indoors. The Biogarden will host a menagerie of aquatic organisms and microbes including zooplankton, protozoan, semi aquatic insects.
Fertilizer for the Biogarden as a Fish Farm or Algae Farm is as simple as submerging green organic matter in Biomass Tea Bags. With direct sunlight, nutrient rich deep water troughs will quickly turn green with organic algae and the organisms that feed on it.
The 1 level Biogarden is a complete modular grow unit that supports organic hydroponics. It is a commercial marijuana growing system with dual grow beds sitting atop dual tanks. Water pumps from the lower tanks to the 18″ size by side troughs, carrying nutrients to the deep water culture or aggregate media filled grow beds. Each side is supported by separate pumps, allowing for side by side comparisions for commercial marijuana growing operators. This is ideal for comparing nutrients, flood and drain cycles and media or deep water technique.
The additional images show deep water culture on one side with an aquaculture trough on the other side, containing fish fry, duckweed and in some cells, producing algae and zooplankton.
System size, specs and estimated yield are listed on the “additional info” tab.
We reference this as an aquaculture research lab though it supports all the methods and techniques listed below…
Plant Growing and Fish Culture Options:
Hydroponics – Utilize lower tanks for controlled nutrient loading and aeration.
Aquaponics – Lower tanks support fin fish, upper troughs support fish fry and crustaceans plus plants.
Aquaculture – Without plants, use troughs and tanks for intensive fish culture, algae, and duckweed farming.
Bioponics – A fish optional approach. This is a 100% organic process developed at Bioponica for achieving greater sustainable growing efficiencies.
Grow Techniques Supported:
DWC Deep Water Culture – Nutrient rich water flows through tanks in serpentine fashion.
Flood and Drain with Aggregate – Use clay ball or activated media blends.
NFT Nutrient Film Technique – Utilize the Bioponica Trickle Valve to allow water to flow at lower level, carrying nutrients through bottom of trough.
Specialized Bioponica Processes:
ALT Air Layer Technique – Ebb and Flow of water to meet root level, reduces need for mechanical aeration
DIY Organic Fertilizer – Bioponica method of extracting fertilizer from green biomass
Vortex Aeration – intensive oxygenation and mixing adds characteristics of river water
Activated Media – consists of expanded slate, biochar and expanded slate.