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Lesson 2: Vertical or Horizontal aquaponic system?

Do you want to start an urban farming business? A vertical aquaponic system is exactly what you need.

Have you farmlands? A horizontal aquaponic system is the choice that suits you.

Which are the differences between Vertical and Horizontal Aquaponic system? In other words, what are the criteria to choose the Aquaponic system design that best fits to the requirements of my business project? 

In this lesson of our Aquaponics Manual we dive into the main types of Aquaponic systems world-widely used. As usually, with the purpose of simplifying the matter we focus on the features that are of most interest to smallholder farmers.

The choice of which Aquaponic system design mainly depends on the aim of your activity and your project baseline.

That is to say that for instance Vertical Aquaponic system is the optimal option if you have little space. It can open up job opportunities in food desert areas like suburbs. Along with regenerating dismissed warehouse and degraded urban areas. In fact the growbeds of this type of Aquaponic system is developed in height. But its main weakness is the initial investment costs. Besides the requirement of skilled workforce to run it.

Whereas Horizontal Aquaponic system is the most intuitive option if you have farmlands. Since it’s developed on the flat. And thus it means that to guarantee a profitable production, you need a lot of surface especially for the growbeds. It represents an opportunity to foster food safety in semi-desert areas or impoverished lands. For instance in Italy we have several abandoned farmlands, due to the contamination by toxic waste. In these cases Aquaponics innovation is a chance to preserve our food traditions.

Though, these are just the main Aquaponic system designs used. But if you’re curious about the less-known Aquaponic systems around the world.


=advantages  x= disadvantages


horizontal aquaponic system designs

vertical aquaponic system designs

YES! Also the swimming pool are fine for fish and crustaceans rearing. They need only to be linked to the grow bed system.
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Davide Di Crescenzo is a marine biologist and an international Aquaponics expert who aims to share his 9-year expertise in the field.

He worked as consultant and official speaker for FAO to foster a sustainable development of Eastern Countries.

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