This educator is making an excellent point. This at the Univ of Hawaii A&A Conference is iterated nicely.
Aquaponics is just the tip of the iceberg, an I’m not talking about lettuce, but I am, really I am. Aquaponics is suitable for green leafy plants and light feeders. To make a hydroponic or aquaponic system perform organically and with heavy feeding tomatoes, etc takes a living biosphere made up of fungal and bacterial micro organisms, nutrients and multiple growth factors from worm tea and castings. It is important to bring life on many levels of an ebb and flow grow system. It is great to see this trend picking up steam.
Next step is to increase the fertilitity even more by adding algae. This helps get off the grid, creating nymphs, larvae and zooplankton to the fish diet, derived on site from waste. And of course there is the growth media. Get into biochar, algae, zeolite and some secret sauce and your grow operation will literally come to life.
What’s happening here is bioponics. Aquaponics is a part of it as is hydroponics. What makes bioponics different is the biodiversity of it all. The result is less effort, less cost, better tasting, more pleasing.