Simply defined, Aquaponics is a small ecosystem where plants and fish can thrive together in a symbiotic relationship. Breaking the word down we have “Aqua” and “Ponics”. ”Aqua” is representative of aquaculture, where aquatic animals are farmed or raised. ”Ponics” is representative of hydroculture which when plants are cultivated using nutrient rich water. Independently, both of these systems have a significant amount of water and nutrient waste.
Aquaponics is a beautiful combination of these two farming technologies. Beautiful, because when they are done together, there is no waste and their is a high yield of both plants and fish.
Aquaponics systems can be built in many shapes and sizes and can well adapt to almost any climate with only minor modifications to the system.