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What Is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics. Hydroponics requires expensive nutrients to feed the plants as well as periodic flushing of the systems which can lead to waste disposal issues. Re-circulating aquaculture needs to have excess nutrients removed from the system which can ordinarily means that a percentage of the water is removed on a daily basis. That nutrient rich water then needs to be disposed of and replaced with clean fresh water. Aquaponics allows you to produce fish and plants in the one system with a large reduction in water use.

One of the first questions that come to mind to any aquaponic beginner is, does aquaponics really work? This question is quite tricky, but most if not all aquaponics systems produce optimal yield when they are properly planned and maintained. Here are some tips on what you can do to maintain the proper conditions of your aquaponics system for it to be successful and produce a higher yield.
Aquaponics is a great way to grow herbs for medicinal or culinary purposes. With aquaponics, not only do your herbs grow faster, but they also have more flavor and aroma than herbs grown in traditional methods.
This article will discuss the five key water quality parameters and the factors that are important to the health and performance of fish, plants, and bacteria in an aquaponics system.

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