Aquaponics is the easiest way to grow vegetables and seafood in your backyard.
Growing plants in water with the help of fish and seafood is basically how aquaponics works. Its is natural and balanced ecosystem. In aquaponics plants grow up to 3 times faster and it uses 90% less water than soil growing. Because all of the nutrients are preserved in the water, produce grown aquaponically is extremely nutrient dense making it the healthiest food on the planet.
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How does it work?
Aquaponics is a system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates that are utilized by the plants as nutrients. Then, the water is recirculated back to the aquaculture system. Read more about the history and technical aspects of aquaponics here.