Many are familiar with hydroponics, a method for growing plants in nutrient rich water instead of soil. Less, however, are familiar with aquaponics, a bio-integrated system that links recirculating aquaculture with hydroponic vegetable, flower, or herb production. As defined by Wikipedia,
"Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In the 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."
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