It’s no joke – we will actually grow cannabis using fish.  Ausabis recognises that businesses have an obligation to adopt practices that are less harmful to the environment. In the industry of cannabis, aquaponics is that answer. 

What is aquaponics? 

  • Aquaponics is an innovative and sustainable form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants)
  • Creates one integrated system that exist in a symbiotic relationship allowing for a complete closed loop
  • In this balanced ecosystem, microbes convert ammonia from the fish waste into nitrates, which provide an organic food source for the growing plants
  • The plants then use these nutrients and act as a natural filter to purify the water that is returned to the fish and re-used
  • Fresh water is only added to an Aquaponics system to replace the small amount lost to evaporation and transpiration
  • Unlike aquaculture and hydroponics systems where large volumes of water must be discharged regularly or replaced due to salt and chemical build up

The benefits of Aquaponics

  • The Aquaponics system does not require expensive commercial fertilizers utilized by our competitors. Plant nutrients are provided by the fish which saves an estimated 20% over traditional growing methods
  • Aquaponics is a proven growing method which reduces cycle time by providing nutrients to the plants 24 hours a day seven days a week
  • Aquaponics eliminates 2 weeks from the growing cycle as there is no need to “flush” the plants of poor tasting fertilizers and supplements
  • The Aquaponics growing technology creates its own closed loop eco-system which is highly stable and requires significantly less labour to operate and maintain
  • Closed loop Aquaponics system reduces costs for water usage approximately 90% when compared to traditional growing methods which results in cost savings
  • Current system produces consumer grade tilapia fish currently donated to local food bank, qualifying for tax receipt

Facility Design &Construction

  • Green Relief facilities are designed and constructed as an environmentally friendly, modern facility, specifically for the cultivation of marijuana, which reduces cost through production efficiencies and overall reduction of heating and cooling costs

LED Lighting Technology

  • Utilization of state of the art, LED lighting substantially reduces costs of electricity for growing facilities when compared to higher wattage, high pressure sodium and metal halide lighting
  • In addition, LED lighting dramatically reduces HVAC requirements, and costs, in that it produces a significantly cooler heat signature from each fixtur