Aquaponics Systems

Carr Hall is home to two aquaponic systems. An aquaponic system is comprised of fish, plants, and the water and nutrients that circulates between the two. The fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants filter the water for the fish to reuse.

The first aquaponic system is situated in the lobby of Carr Hall and is home to koi, catfish, and tilapia. The nutrient rich water from the fish pond is pumped to a garden of spider plants that in turn filter the air. The freshly filtered water is then pumped back to the fish pond. 

The David Shipe Aquaponic System, the second aquaponic system, supports the production of bluegill sunfish as well as lettuce, dill, and basil. Located in Carr 221, it operates in a similar manner to the first system where pipes pump water from the fish tank to the plants and then conduct the water back to the fish. Energy efficient LED full-spectrum grow lights provide the plants with the optimal colors of light for growth.

The lettuce, dill, basil, and bluegill sunfish are harvested for consumption.

Student researchers and volunteers manage the systems. Both systems were established in 2012.