Urbanspace Aquaponics Farm
Urbanspace Farm is built within a 5000 sqft greenhouse with over 2000 sqft of growing space making it one of the largest aquaponics farm in BC. The farm is located in the city of Richmond in the heart of Greater Vancouver. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver Urbanspace Farm is a large scale aquaponics farms right in the backyard of our beautiful city.
The farm has a capacity to grow over 9000 heads of salad greens and turn over 3000 heads a week. The plants are supported by two large 800 gallon tanks that house over 800 lbs of Tilapia. We use a three stage filtration system which allows us to get rid of most of the undesired solids coming from the fish tanks. The first stage is a 350 gallon swirl filter tank which removes much of the heavier setteleable solids which are then removed and used as organic fertilizer. The second stage uses high density filter mats to remove the fine solids that are not removed by the primary filter. The filters work progressively to remove as much solids from the fish tank effluent in order to minimize mineralization or the growth of anaerobic zones in our troughs. The final filtration stage is the nitrification tank where we use bio balls to promote the growth of nitrifying bacteria. The bio balls function by providing a large surface area for the bacteria to easily colonize. It is at this stage where the ammonia in the water is converted by essential bacteria into nitrates which is used by the plants as a source of nutrients. We consider the filtration system as the lungs of an aquaponics system which is critical in cleansing the water and producing the essential nutrients that are required for the growth of our plants.
Once the water has been cleaned of the solids and allowed to go through the nitrification the water then enters four 116 feet troughs. The troughs have all been constructed out of wood and lined with Duraskrim poly liner which allow each troughs to hold close to 3500 gallons of water. The water travels down the troughs and drains into the fifth trough which also acts as a sump tank. From this trough the water is pumped from the other end back into the fish completing the recirculation of the water in the system.
We have made every effort in the construction of our farm to get locally available and sustainable building materials. The aquaponics farm has been designed and built by Ahmed, Founder of Urbanspace Aquaponics. He has lead all aspects of the design and construction of the farm acquiring an in depth knowledge of what it takes to build a commercial size aquaponics farm.
NEWS: Urbanspace Aquponics has decided to hand over the operations of the farm to smokehouse aquaponics farm inc. They will be growing their own produce for their local franchise restaruant smokehouse sandwiches.