Co-Founder of Wake Up World
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is an integrated aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponic (growing soil-less plants) system that mutually benefits both environments.
Aquaponics was essentially born out of hydroponics, which at the time made farming a lot easier. This process was associated with planting your veggies inside containers together with water. The hydroponic model involved utilizing lots of chemicals and fertilizers to promote growth, so the produce was not 100 % natural.
Thankfully, fertilizers and harmful chemicals are not required when setting up your own home organic aquaponics system. The fish waste is absorbed by the greenery which is used as a nutrient solution for the growing plants, cultivating a wonderful condition for them to grow in. The only external input to the system is food for the fish. Both systems complement each other in practical interdependence. So essentially, if you have happy and content fish, you have an amazing system that will produce fresh food for you all year round!