CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland State Community College recently implemented a year-round aquaponics teaching lab in the Cleveland/Bradley Innovation Center. The lab will be used by students in the college's Environmental Science and Wildlife Fisheries classes.
Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics and aquaculture, or fish and plants, in recirculating systems. The project involves tanks stocked with tilapia, bluegill, catfish and other fish species and vegetables, such as lettuce, herbs and peppers, grown in 8-foot tanks.
The lab was built entirely by students, who will receive stipends for working there, feeding and harvesting fish and cultivating vegetables.