The purpose of this book therefore, is to not repeat the knowledge that is already available for standard, tank-based fish production (RAS) or standard hydroponic plant culture in detail, but to rather concentrate on the requirements of the integration process so as to produce the most efficient and optimised aquaponics designs and management methods available. This book wont therefore, go into upper level design and engineering aspects of the fish or plant culturing components of the aquaponic system design process. More detailed information may be found in other, excellent references and resources related to stand-alone RAS fish culture and stand-alone hydroponic plant culture. This book will concentrate on the application of science and engineering principals to the integration of these two existing technologies in a number of ways that meet the ultimate aquaponic outcome; the efficient and optimized use of the nutrient resources (i.e. fish feed) added to the system.
This book will also consider many of the satellite technologies associated with aquaponics, such as greenhouses, lighting, etc. However, and again, there are many excellent resources already available for these requirements, all of which go into far more exacting and complex detail than this book could attempt to do. Therefore, while these other technologies will be considered, it is more the purpose of this book to concentrate on the integration principles associated with fish and plant culture and so these other technologies are better served by trying to provide a list of appropriate external resources.
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