We regularly talk about the benefits of farming with hydroponics (for example, faster plant growth and year round growing ). We often get questions about the differences between hydroponics and aquaponics, the two main farming methods that use water without soil.
Hydroponics is a farming method that relies on plants growing in nutrient-rich water instead of in soil. In our Agrow Cube, we use the nutrient film technique, where a continued flow of nutrient-rich water flows across the plant roots.
Aquaponics is very similar to hydroponics; it is still a water-based farming method, where water runs over the roots of the plants to bring all the necessary nutrients. The only difference between aquaponics and hydroponics is that in aquaponics, you do not add nutrients to the water. Instead, there are live fish in the water tank! The fish waste produces the nutrients the plants need, making a sustainable ecosystem. The nutrient-rich water that results from the fish provides the plants with a natural fertilizer, and the plants purify the water for the fish. Together, the fish and the plants create an efficient system.
Therefore, the main difference between hydroponics and aquaponics is the presence of fish in the water tank. Hydroponics doesn’t use fish, but required nutrients are added to the water; aquaponics use fish to naturally provide nutrients to the plants.
We use a hydroponics system inside the standard Agrow Cube, but have an aquaponics system inside the test box set up at our headquarters. Agrow Cube’s hydroponics system has shown great results with strong plant growth that is faster than traditional farming. Agrow Cube brings a steady supply of food all year round by combining hydroponics with our insulated box. For more information about year round farming with Agrow Cube, visit our related post.