Advantages & disadvantages of aquaponics

Ballal Pathare, Co-founder, FARMVARY

Advantages of aquaponics


Aquaponics uses 90% less water compared to soil-based farming, and even less water compared to hydroponics or recirculating aquaculture

Aquaponics farming doesn’t involve pesticides or herbicides, no harmful chemicals are used as it may kill fish.

Aquaponics reduces many hectic gardening chores.Growers can relax and enjoy tasks of feeding the fish and harvesting plants.

Aquaponics systems can be started anywhere. Aquaponics can be done in open environment, in a greenhouse, rooftop, backyard, or even a home using grow lights.

Aquaponic systems are can be set on any scale. An aquaponics system can be as small as an aquarium and it can be a big greenhouse commercial farm

Grower gets a dual harvest of fish and plants from the same water source.

Bacteria present in aquaponics farms make these farms immune and self-healing.

Compared to soil-based farming, aquaponics provides denser plantation area, resulting in higher production.

Staged production allows farmers to harvest fish and plant produce throughout the year, which creates a sustainable source of income.

Disadvantages of aquaponics


Aquaponics grower needs to have knowledge about fish, microbes, plants and many other small components in a system.

Aquaponics farms cannot be set up by anyone. They should be made by experts as they need huge investment, complex proven and experienced designs.

A One disadvantage of using an aquaponics system is that the electrical outputs are high as water pumps run 24 hours a day.

Not all crops can be grown in aquaponics.

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