Aquaponics vs Hydroponics

By: Vaishnavi Barthwal 

Aquaponics integrate aquaculture (growing of fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil)

Hydroponics involves growing plants w/o soil using nutrient solution mixed with water

Fish waste is used in Aquaponics in contrast to chemical nutrients that are used in Hydroponics

Aquaponics is more cost efficient than Hydroponics since fishes can be fed with alternative fish food

Startup cost of Aquaponics is more than that of Hydroponics

Aquaponics has higher yield since it offers income from fish and plants 

Since Aquaponics mimics nature it requires less maintenance as compared to Hydroponics

The ideal range for pH in aquaponics is 6.8 to 7.0, whereas it is around 5.5 to 6.0 for Hydroponics

Aquaponics is easier to use & maintain than hydroponics however it is more complicated to set up 

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