The Aqua Lab at Palmer Trinity School is a center for education, training, and research in the areas of aquaponics, marine biology, and freshwater ecology. The Aqua Lab allows students to conduct experiments and scientific investigations in these areas all under one roof.
The Aqua Lab has state-of-the-art equipment, including a complete aquaponics system, the Mini Fish FarmTM. Aquaponics mimics the natural relationship between fish and plants: the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. Students can use the Mini Fish FarmTM to grow fresh, unpolluted tilapia throughout the year.
The Aqua Lab has the combined benefits of education, exploration, and food production. The lab also houses student water-related student artwork and smaller tanks including the indoor hydroponics growth system OPCOM Farm GrowBox, CUBE 20 Waterbox aquariums for both saltwater and freshwater investigations, and Water Garden Duo aquaponics systems for independent research.