Aquaponics

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The Difference Between Hydroponics and Aquaponics. 
Hydroponics and aquaponics are both soil-free methods of cultivating crops. The major difference between the two methods is that aquaponics integrates a hydroponic environment with aquaculture, the process of cultivating fish.

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A small, portable aquaponics system. The term  aquaponics is a 

portmanteau of the terms 

aquaculture and 

hydroponicagriculture.

Aquaponics (/ˈækwəˈpɒnɪks/) refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture 

(raising aquatic animals such as snails, fishcrayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics 

(cultivating plants in water)

in a symbiotic environment.

In normal aquaculture, 

excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the

by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates that are utilized by

the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

Betta Fish

The Siamese fighting fish, commonly known as the betta, is a popular fish in the aquarium trade. Bettas are a member of the gourami family and are known to be highly territorial. Wikipedia

Lifespan: 3 – 5 years (In captivity)

Scientific name: Betta splendens

Kingdom: Animalia

Family: Osphronemidae

Class: Actinopterygii

The betta’s full name is actually the Siamese fighting fish due to its discovery in freshwater Asian rice paddies–areas susceptible to drought and notorious for wagered fish battles. Because of its limited aquatic habitat, bettas developed a lung-like organ that allows them to obtain oxygen through the air, not just by passing water over their gills.

This adaptation classifies them as a labyrinth fish. This means they can survive for a small amount of time outside of water! It is also the reason they are able to survive in fish bowls lacking water flow for oxygen. However, water quality is always important in fish care. Bettas will have a much better caliber of life if they are in a small, slightly filtered tank with good water conditions instead of a vase. Betta fish tank requirements also include correct water temperature around 74 degrees (they like warm water). Bettas, especially males, are aggressive. They will fight other betta tankmates, so keep them separated. Females can sometimes get along with other non-betta tropical fish, brine shrimp, or other aquarium fish. But even a male betta and female betta cannot co-habitate in a community tank. Bettas like to have a place to hide such as floating live plants. They feed on floating foods, preferring bloodwormsbrine shrimpdaphnia, and specialized betta pellets. They are carnivores so don’t feed them fish flakes! Feed them as much as they will eat in two minutes. Diet is important for maintaining coloration in their flowing fins.