Aquaponics is a compbination of Aquaculture (fish-farming) and Hydroponics (growing plants without soil). Traditional Aquaculture grows fish in an artificial environment with heavy doses of antibiotics and chemicals to maintain a profitable stocking density. Hydroponics uses a frequently changed water and nutrient solution to feed plants.
Aquaponics is a synergy of these two technologies, and uses wastes from the fish to feed the plants, while the plants filter the water to return to the fish. Naturally occurring soil bacteria complete the cycle, allowing for healthy fish and plants.
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