Hey, avid organicphile, you are looking at one of the most asked questions amongst every organic enthusiast out there, and we are ready to break the ice for you. Although you may see us as an Aquaponic company, we would love to bring an unbiased comparison between the two most talked about ponics there is.
Aquaponics Vs Hydroponics?
While Hydroponics and Aquaponics both follow the principle of soilless farming, you are looking at two farming techniques that grow more with less using 95% less water.
Traditional agriculture is water hungry and India has 18% of the world’s population. With 4% of the world’s freshwater, out of which 80% is used in agriculture, we are seeing a huge loss of freshwater in agriculture.
The world has started to shift its course towards sustainability, and the agriculture industry has begun to show the same shift.
While sustainability has a definition of being able to meet your own needs without the ability to compromise the requirements of future generations.
We are going to have a look at two urban farming techniques that bring sustainability to the world and how they are different from each other.
Time to break the ice Hydroponically?
While everyone out there would give you 50 different variations of what’s the difference between Aquaponics and Hydroponics, we shall make it easy for you to understand.
Hydroponics is a modern organic system that uses manually added synthetic nutrients & minerals. The mineral nutrient solution is a water solvent that is the key which makes the whole system unique.
While the roots of the plants are constantly exposed to such mineral-rich water solution, it helps urban farmers work around the farm easy as the requirement of constant watering is cut down.
It’s that simple, isn’t it?
But there is a catch. Even though there is no water wastage as the nutrient-filled water is being recycled constantly to help grow things organically, you are required to refill the water with the nutrient solvent.
While plants take in these nutrients, the supply for this solvent isn’t unlimited. Now you know the truth behind those lush green veggies you see on Instagram.
Our Agri enthusiasts around us have head there is another way to grow fresh organic produce without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals, while you save 95% water?
You heard that right
Don’t Panic it’s just Aquaponics
Being an Aquaponic company, we should know all about it, right?
So, to put it in simple terms for any layman to understand, Aquaponics is the blend between Aquaculture (raising of fishes, aquatic animals etc) and Hydroponics (which we discussed earlier). While Aqua from Aquaculture and Hydro from Hydroponics gave birth to a new organic system called Aquaponics.
Aquaponics allows you to grow plants in a symbiotic environment along with fishes which result in fresh organic, pesticide-free produce, Not to boast but our Instagram has a lot of fresh organic produce for you if you are looking to buy some.
But is there more to it?
You heard that right. Like any living being out there, fishes too excrete and these excreta along with other waste that is exhaled by the fishes come in the form of Ammonia (NH3). However, it does not stop there.
BUT the wonders of science convert Ammonia into other relatively harmless nitrogen compounds which result in beneficial bacteria for the plants. The nitrification cycle brings plants the necessary nutrients, minerals required for them to thrive and grow healthily while being 100% organic.
While there is a bio diversified environment that involves both plant and fish, the requirement of any sort of external chemical to protect the plants are highly prohibited. If you decide to become a scientist and use pesticides to protect your produce, you will naturally kill the entire Aquaponic system.
Trust us to stick to being an organic farmer.
Which organic journey is a better fit for me?
Now we have seen the differences between Aquaponics and Hydroponics, you must be wondering which journey would I need to take to become a self-sufficient organic farmer?
Both hydroponics and Aquaponics have proven to be sustainable in its own ways where there are soilless, prevents environmental issues, reduced consumption of resources, pesticide-free, higher yields in a shorter time and saves water.
Hydroponics is used more commonly by hobbyists and commercial growers because they feel it is easier to implement. Aquaponics, on the other hand, has an additional revenue benefit and requires less day to day maintenance once the whole system is set up.
To answer which is better to invest in would be based on the choice of the user and what is more convenient towards their liking.
While you decide to invest in a farm, its crucial for your produce to grow successfully.
Aquaponics is relatively new in the urban farming space and to find a good consultant who completely understands the full functionality of it is quite hard.
With the right guidance that is given to you, you would be able to make the right investment when it comes to growing your own produce and going organic.
We hope you had a fun read throughout this whole blog, do give us your final thoughts on Aquaponics Vs Hydroponics down below in the comments section and we would love for you to stay hooked to our content in the Urban Agriculture industry.
If you are looking for a reliable agriculture company that can provide you with proven results and is backed by Dr. Wilson Lennard who is the worlds renowned Aquaponic scientist with over 20+ years of hands on experience in the field. Do schedule a call with us and let us discuss your next Agri-Project.