WHAT IS HYDROPONICS?
Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil. Plants grown in hydroponics are planted in water, rock wool, clay balls, coco coir, and more. Basically anything that does not contain any nutrients. Without soil, the plants need to get their nutrient supply from somewhere else. Hydroponic systems use water soluble liquid nutrients that travel to plants' roots.
WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?
Aquaponics combines aquaculture (the growing of fish and other aquatic animals) and hydroponics (the growing of plants without soil) in one recirculating environment. In aquaponics, the fish produce waste that is converted by the nitrifying bacteria into nutrients for the plants. Plant roots absorb these nutrients to thrive. In return, the plant roots clean and filter the water for the fish to live.