Learn About Aquaculture


  • In the north-west province of South Africa, only 27% of households have access to safe drinking water and the ground and surface water quality is poor. One cross-sector project aims to increase the well-being of the local population by building more sports facilities near schools. The synthetic turf on the sports facilities allows for sustainable water buffering, filtration and distribution. Pentair worked with cross-sector partners to install 20 sustainable drinking water systems in South Africa, providing safe water storage that makes possible a continuous clean water supply. Viruses and bacteria are removed by means of membrane technology, and filtration membranes need be replaced once every five years. The filtered water can be stored in clean-water tanks and used for drinking, irrigation of crops or spraying the synthetic turf sports pitch, or for sanitary purposes. When used for 16 hours per day, the system can filter approximately 50,000 liters a day or 17 million liters annually. Rainwater, river water and groundwater can be stored in the non-clean water tanks.

    Dr. Rochigo

  • We have identified the theme of water reuse and resource recovery from liquid waste streams as a prime target for engineering innovation and investment.  We utilize technology and our deep applications knowledge to develop innovative, highly efficient solutions to accelerate nature’s natural process of water recycling and reuse. Our products and services mirror our expertise in water purification, ranging from producing potable water to treating wastewater.

    One of the largest opportunities for recycling water recycling is in the food and beverage industry due to the massive amounts of water used to get food from farm to table.  The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that it takes 2,000-5,000 liters of water per day to produce one person’s food.  However, recycling of these waters is challenging due to the high levels of organic matter found in these wastewater streams.

    Over the past five years we have created a number of award winning solutions to greatly increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of reusing municipal and industrial wastewaters. With the world’s population projected to grow significantly in already water-stressed regions, reusing water within food production and processing becomes imperative.

    Dr. Rolchigo

  • On-site algae culture is a necessity in most marine hatcheries. Algae is the primary diet for bivalves, larval shrimp and live larval feeds, such as rotifers and Artemia. Many different species of algae are cultured throughout the world and each batch is typically just a single species selected for its size and nutrient profile.

    During culture, it is crucial that steps are taken to avoid contamination, either from pathogens or from other species of algae or ciliates. Sterilization of all equipment and culture media is, therefore, necessary. They can be autoclaved, dipped in alcohol, chlorinated, etc. Contaminants are often waterborne; however, air can also be a pathway for contamination. Placing the air compressor intake in the culture room or an air-conditioned room reduces temperature fluctuations and contaminant load. Care should also be taken to avoid condensation in the airlines, which can lead to ciliate infestations. Installing an in-line desiccant filter can eliminate condensation. To eliminate a recurring contamination problem, sterilize the air delivery system and use the appropriate inlet air filter.

  • The Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Aquaponics Technology and Design Workshop is a 4.5 day workshop that covers every aspect of commercial aquaponics, from system design to plant and fish production to marketing and economics. You'll get hands-on instruction from the Pentair AES team and some of the industry's most renowned experts such as Dr. James Rakocy, Dr. Wilson Lennard and Dr. Fred Petitt. A few topics we will be covering during the workshop are UVI Aquaponics Systems and UVI-based systems, plant and fish production, pump set-up and plumbing with hands-on assembly plus a walk-through of Greensky Growers rooftop farm and access to "Behind the Seeds" tour at the land of Epcot! Take a look here at our PAES Aquaponics Workshop video!


    To maximize your mobility while in the Apopka/Orlando area, we highly recommend that you rent a car during your visit.


    Orlando International Airport:

    1 Airport Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32827

    Orlando International Airport to Apopka, FL

    Sanford International Airport  

    1200 Red Cleveland Blvd. Sanford, Florida 32773

    Sanford International Airport to Apopka, FL


    Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc.

    2395 Apopka Blvd.

    Apopka, FL 32703

    Directions to Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems

    Green Sky Growers

    146 W Plant St

    Winter Garden, FL 34787

    Directions to Green Sky Growers



    Directions to Holiday Inn Express (Apopka)

    Holiday Inn Express to Green Sky Growers

    Holiday Inn Express to Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems


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    Directions to Hilton (Altamonte Springs)

    Hilton to Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems

    Hilton to Green Sky Growers

    CAMPING: (407) 889-4179

    Kelly Park/Rock Springs (*Recommended)

    Kelly Park to Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems

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    *Be sure to stay close to Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Inc., located at 2395 Apopka Blvd., Apopka, FL 32703.


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