Aquaponics is a system that nurtures fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial cycle. Water is to be continuously recycled throughout the whole system so the only minor loss comes from evaporation.
Overall, aquaponics promotes a healthy way of living to the UCSD community. Conventional farming techniques of growing food incorporates harmful chemicals and leaves behind large carbon footprints. Aquaponics however, can produce large amounts of organic and chemical free food for urban communities like UCSD while using up little land space.
Many variants of aquaponics have been developed in the past but most were not very well monitored for disturbances. Our goal is to then create an automated aquaponics system using arduino micro-controllers to track real-time data. The unique aspect of our design integrates controllers and sensors into the system and enable us to gather data.
With support from Roger's Community Garden we will be setting up our aquaponics in one of their community plots. Our plan is for this quarter is to construct our system and have it running on its own with little maintenance. The main source of our power will come from solar panels and batteries which will be stored near our system.
Figure 1: The Aquaponics Cycle