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“Aquaponics is where the food cycle for fish ends and the food cycle for plants begin.”

Aquaponics /ˈækwəˈpɒnɨks/ is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals. The term aquaponics is a portmanteau of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic.

Aquaponic farming can be used for a large scale production to a small home scale unit. Some use it for preventative medicine, controlling everything that their body intakes, others use it for their main source of protein and nutrition in an  area with a lack of natural resources for survival. A simple system can be as easy as adding some plants to your fish tank, to a unit that offsets many of your family’s meals. The choice is up to you

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