How does it work without soil?

How does it work without soil?

An INTAG system uses various methods, such as stone beds and floating rafts to give plants access to nutrients that are naturally balanced throughout the water. Replicating natural processes ensures that nutrients and even microbial life are prevalent in the system which is beneficial in creating healthy plants. Food from a well designed aquaponic system…

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An INTAG system uses various methods, such as stone beds and floating rafts to give plants access to nutrients that are naturally balanced throughout the water. Replicating natural processes ensures that nutrients and even microbial life are prevalent in the system which is beneficial in creating healthy plants.

Food from a well designed aquaponic system has all the macronutrients and micronutrients that food grown in typical soil does. In many cases, aquaponic produce has even more nutrients than soil-grown produce. This is due to farmland having so many nutrients gradually depleted from the soil through planting and harvesting over time.

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Is aquaponics natural?

Is aquaponics natural?

Yes. A well designed aquaponic system behaves like a natural wetland – converting waste from aquatic animals, microbial, and even invertebrate life into plant food. This allows aquaponically grown food to have superior quality in both nutrient content and taste, while also lowering operating costs over time.

Aquaponics vs. hydroponics

Aquaponics vs. hydroponics

Aquaponics is a specialization within the field of hydroponics. The short, and simple, way of explaining the differences between the two is: aquaponics uses fish that provide the nutrients to the plants, and hydroponics uses a chemist to add the nutrients for the plants.

Plants need 16 different nutrients to grow. In hydroponics, these 16 nutrients, along with over 15 other ingredients, need to be mixed by a chemist to create a solution. In aquaponics, all 16 essential macro and micro nutrients and everything else the plants need occur naturally (with the exception of adding iron) by replicating processes from nature. The result is superior nutrient quality and better taste from a well-designed aquaponic system.