Hydroponics vs Aquaponics


Photo from Amazon of Ivation Hydroponic System.

Hydroponics vs. Aquaponics

Let’s discuss hydroponics vs. aquaponics. I don’t know about you all, but I love the idea of growing my own food and herbs! There are plenty of inexpensive stylish hydroponic and aquaponic systems to get your indoor garden started! The primary difference between an aquaponic system and a hydroponic system is the soil each system uses. Also, aquaponics utilizes fish to nourish the plants. I know, super fun! Before we get to the fish friends, let us discuss the meaning of ‘hydroponic.’


Hydroponics refers to growing plants without traditional soil. Instead, you use unorthodox soil such as water, gravel, or sand. Fertilizers add nutrients during the watering process. Plants in a hydroponic system are typically in a tray placed above the water source. You pour nutrients into the water and then the excess water is allowed to drip back down into the reservoir or drain through a drainage method.

Creating a hydroponic system requires a growing medium, plants, water, and a nutrient solution. A growing medium is a substance in which plants grow and allows healthy roots to form. It helps the plant by delivering water, air, and nutrients. These ingredients will allow you to get your little indoor garden started!  


Now we can talk about fish! Aquaponics is a subset of hydroponics. It refers to primarily growing plants in water and using a live fish aquarium for nutrients! The by-products (waste) of the fish provide nutrition to the plants. In return, the plants filter the water for the fish. This system is a great example of the life cycle! Aquaponic gardeners get to witness the full circle of giving and taking. Plus, you get to have a few new fish friends in your home!

Where To Get Your System:

If you are looking to invest in a fun new indoor garden, here are a few that I have found for under $100! (My favorite is the Mini System!)

iDOO 12Pods Hydroponics Growing System, Indoor Garden

Hydroponic Garden Aquaponic Fish Tank Plants Growing System

Mini Hydroponics Growing System with LED Grow Light ,Indoor Garden

GrowLED LED Indoor Garden, Herb Garden, Kitchen Garden

Ivation Herb Indoor Garden Kit | Complete Hydroponic Grow System for Herbs, Plants & Vegetables

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