Hydroponics Vs Aquaponics
There have been debates and inquiries on the benefits and just how Aquaponics is better compared to Hydroponics and vice-verse. Today I attempt to clear the clouds, so to speak by writing this article on Hydroponics vs Aquaponics.

 

Hydroponics

To begin with, Hydroponics is a very recent technology comparatively. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. The system uses mineral nutrient solutions as fertilizers for the plants to feed on and is really a subset of hydroculture. Plants are grown with their roots exposed to the mineral nutrient solution or in a medium, such as perlite, gravel, biochar, mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk biochar, gravel, perlite, coconut husk, mineral wool or even hydroton (expanded clay pebbles).

As effective and productive as hydroponics is, there is an inherent fault with the technology. Now, the irony lies in the mineral solutions it uses for the plants to strive. This solutions need to be ‘changed out’ when the time comes or it will become toxic to the plants and subsequently to humans. So, extreme care and monitoring is crucial to ensure that does not happen. There are arguments that say water can be added to dilute the solutions but there will be a time when it still needs to be changed out.

EPA calls this expired mineral solution ‘liquor’ and is now designated as toxic waste and must be treated as so, where it’s disposal must be done properly by qualified personal employing approved techniques. This waste disposal requirement definitely spikes up the maintenance and operations cost of a hydroponics farm. The fact that hydroponics is viewed as a toxic waste producer has definitely reversed its popularity. This is also a fact that is silent among those selling hydroponics systems in the market.

 

Aquaponics

Aquaponics BenefitsHydroponics however, has a tamer and much older sister, so to speak. Aquaponics, do you belief it or not, has a history dating back to 4,500 years ago. There are tribes in the mountainous regions of China who are still growing crops with fish swimming in their flooded fields. And they have been doing this for centuries being passed down generations to generations.

Wikipedia says that; “The earliest published work on growing terrestrial plants without soil was the 1627 book, Sylva Sylvarum by Francis Bacon, printed a year after his death.” And this has a lot to do with the fact that aquaponics works in the way nature does. It breaks down waste, in this case fish poop, the resultant by-product and reuse it to grow new plants and this process has been going on naturally for billions of years since life existed.

Waste products from aquaponics are non-toxic and can be consumed by plants, trees or flowers as natural fertilizers. There is a commercial aquaponics company I know that sells his settling tank waste as organic fertilizer. Aquaponics waste is so save you can dumped it straight down into the sewer system and won’t harm the sewage systems.

There are no toxic chemicals used in aquaponics systems to ensure the plants and especially fish’s safety. Commercially used insecticides for pests control will very well kill the fish. If at all pest control is required, organically certified safe for aquaponics ones should only be used. A natural pest control measure is preferred of course, which ensures going organic as a way of life. This is when we can be really sure the food that we consume is safer and healthier. Aquaponics System Solutions, Home DIY Aquaponics System is organic by definition as no dirt and chemicals are used in the system design.

This is all I have for this  Hydroponics vs Aquaponics article. Hope this has brought a greater understanding on both the systems and why Aquaponics is the healthier and safer way to grow your organic food. Today your family can potentially enjoy one of the oldest ways to growing organic food. You can now easily build and operate your own Aquaponics System with our step-by-step DIY Home Aquaponics System. Click on the box below to find out more…

 


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2 Comments

  • I have gone through the above article and the many other articles from Steve.
    Aquaponics would be the better option as it gives the farmer two products for the price on one. It is also eco-friendly.
    Gbola.

    • Hi Gbola,

      Thank you for your comment. And yes, I strongly belief Aquaponics is the way forward or at least should be the way to food production…you are right it’s friendly to mother nature and easy on the wallet as well, but most importantly you know you are serving healthy food to your loved ones.

      Cheers
      Steven

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