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Hydroponics & Aquaponics

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What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is a gardening technique where plants are placed in nutrient-enriched water. There are many different variations of hydroponic gardening, however the most basic versions include plants being grown in an inert growing medium such as gravel, sand or vermiculite, and a perfectly balanced pH adjusted nutrient solution is delivered to the roots. This allows the plant to uptake its food with very little effort as opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them. Once the nutrients in the water are used up, it is recycled or additional nutrients are added to it.

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a gardening technique that combines aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics. Aquaponics enables the sustainable production of fish and plants in a recirculating system. Bacteria that grows in the system breaks down the fish waste transforming waste to plant food, and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in.

What are the benefits of Hydro/Aquaponic gardening?

  • Low maintenance gardening, which requires very little time and effort.
  • There is no damage from pesticides creating organic produce.
  • The controlled system means that no nutrition pollution is released into the environment.
  • Lower nutrient requirements due to control over nutrient levels.
  • Lower water requirement as water stays in the system and can be reused.

How to get started

There are several options to get started on your hydroponics or aquaponics system, you can either:

  1. Purchase a kit and have someone install it for you.
  2. Purchase a kit and install it yourself.
  3. Start from scratch with your own materials and build the system yourself.

For all your aquaponic and hydroponic needs visit Hawaiian Hydroponic & Garden or The Aquaponics Place.

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