Yes she was lol. The term is called “Aquaponics”, which is the combination of Aquaculture (raising fish) with Hydroponics (raising plants in water, with no soil). I wasn’t too familiar with that kind of gardening until recently, and even now I have a hard time keeping attentive to learn how it works. If you ever go into that method I wish you good luck! You’re already doing semi-hydroponics so you’re a few more steps closer than I am at least lol.
The concept is somewhat symbiotic from what I’ve seen; The fish make waste in the water, it gets pumped to the Hydroponic plants as fertilizer, which the plants in turn filter, then the water is pumped back for the fish.
It sounds like an interesting practice, but it isn’t really my style of gardening. For one it would mean I’d need machinery to pump the water, and I’d rather stay minimal with heating/lighting with the plants I already own, the electric charges in some of the places around here are cringe-worthy so I wouldn’t want to add more to it. Another issue is the fact that it’s partially hydroponics, which I haven’t really caught on to much at all. I much prefer my plants to grow in lovely, earthy, rich soil. Could also be the chemistry aspect that it hydroponics/aquaculture entail (*shudders* chemistry >_<;;; ) which isn’t exactly my strong point lol.
I at least know how to do Aquaponics WRONG;
but I digress.
If I wanted to know more about proper aquaponics, at least I’d know where to look for information; THE INTERNET! GardenWeb’s Aquaponics threads would be where’d I look first, then probably other sites/forums as well.
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