Aquaponics | 8 Years in
I feel as if sufficient time, sweat and tears have gone by that I can sincerely put some words down.
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1. What is Aquaponics
As best as I can put it (meaning in my own words after being a practicing Aquaponic Farmer, Aquaponic student and time reading many sources on the topic) Aquaponics, a form of aquaculture, is the culture of both plants and aquatic animals in a closed recirculating water based system. The system comprises of a fish production component and a filtration component, of which the plant component is part and parcel of. The aquatic plants and animals exist in a symbiotic relationship where one is required for the other. The fish provide the organic nutrients for the plants to thrive and the plants via their roots absorb nutrients, which if left become toxic to the fish, before the water is recirculated to the fish component.
There are a couple varieties and technologies employed in this form of aquaculture, but note that my focus would be on deep water culture. My focus is also on my experience with Aquaponics since I have first discovered it.