What is the difference between aquaponics, areoponics and hydroponics?

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Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Aquaponics are growing in popularity as more people become aware of this new way to grow plants. It works well because the plant is receiving what it needs to grow when it needs it. The plant is only receiving what it needs and the resulting plant is as healthy as genetically possible.

While the idea of hydroponics and aeroponics aren’t new, aquaponics is a relatively new farming technology spreading like wildfire. It seems everyone is talking about it or doing it. And we’re no different.

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When we first learned about this we were inspired and couldn’t wait to do something ourselves. That’s why we’re dedicating this week to all about hydroponics, aeroponics and aquaponics. Each day we’ll give you new information, a new product or something fun relating to these innovative farming techniques.

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Differences Between Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Aquaponics

Watercress grown without soil.

While all three share similarities, such as growing plants without needing soil, they each differ from each other.

Hydroponics Grows Plants in Water

Using water to transport the nutrients, hydroponics is how you grow plants without soil. Plants can be grown using liquid, sand, or gravel. All of the nutrients are supplied by the water directly to the root system.

Aeroponics Grows Plants in Water

Using an environment without soil, aeroponics is the process of growing plants in a moist environment. Whether in an air or mist environment, this system is used by NASA and plants can be grown in tubes.

Basically aeroponics suspends the plant in a somewhat closed environment and water is sprayed on the roots with a nutrient-rich water. A drawback to this type of environment is that the roots are exposed and pests can become a problem if it’s not isolated.

Aquaponics Grows Plants in Water and Breeds Fish

In addition to utilizing water to provide nutrients to growing plants, aquaponics adds the breeding of fish. It needs to be a controlled environment and the system is integrated. Aquaponics is a well-balanced ecosystem that is mutually beneficial for the plants and fish.

Conclusion: Hydroponics, Aeroponics, andAquaponics

From SmallPlotGardens.com:

While all three can be implemented in a raised garden, all three are very similar in every way except hydroponics and aeroponics require the addition of fertilizer and there’s no fish in the nutrient solution. In aquaponics, plants and fish live a symbiotic life with the fish feeding the plants, and the plants cleaning and filtering the fish’s environment.

In addition to NASA growing food utilizing aeroponics, normal people are finding ways to incorporate these different farming methods in their own backyards. The idea of growing healthy food that wasn’t bought in a grocery store is growing mass appeal.

Hydroponics is the base for all these methods and would be the easiest to set up. It could be later adapted to create an aquaponics setup. However, the aeroponics requires more maintenance and care in creating a semi-enclosed to fully-enclosed environment. This probably wouldn’t work for most people.

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