The "FishGlasHaus": Innovative Aquaponics in
Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany
The nuts and bolts
The FishGlassHouse enables researchers to conduct experiments on both coupled and decoupled aquaponics systems. It consists of an aquacultural unit (300m²) with three different water-circuits (42m³ total water volume) and a hydroponic unit (600m²) built in a Venlo-style greenhouse. Three different fish stocking densities (extensive, semi-intensive and intensive) produce process water of different nutrient loads, which can be transferred to the hydroponic unit. One separate aquaculture unit consists of nine holding tanks (each 1m³) and an attached water treatment installation (mechanical and biological filtration). The hydroponic unit is divided into four cabins of 100m² and two cabins of 50m² for various experiments.
One building, various fields of research
Several current strands of research can be conducted simultaneously in the same building:
- Enhance the economic viability of aquaponics production systems
- Research on the nutrient-balance of fish and plant species combinations
- Identify the reduction potential of using fertilizer in hydroponic plant production
- Study the risk management and prevention of harmful human- and fish‑pathogenic germs
- Search for suitable substrates for plant cultivation in hydroculture
- Analyse the carbon and nitrogen cycle to determine the conversion of gases - this question is not only climate-relevant but ultimately serves to control and optimize production.
- Control quality of products as well as health and safety