Bioponics is an alternative method of soil-less hydroponics that does not require the purchase of store bought fertilizers. It may also be considered an alternative method of aquaponics because it does not rely on fish waste to provide plant fertilizer.
While it raises fish, fish are only considered to be a secondary source and nutrients to fertilize the plants. The primary source is through a process called nutrient cycling.
Bioponics allows the farmer to overcome the biggest challenges experienced in aquaponics. One being that it is necessary to pay a lot of attention to the fish in order to produce plants. To run a sizeable operation, fish will have to be managed through a system of breeding, grading, culling, harvesting and timely distribution. This is a considerable task. A second challenge with aquaponics is that because it does not define the food source for fish, then the fish may be exposed to excessive amounts genetically modified organisms with store bought feed.
Bioponica as developed by Algosolar, is a system that builds and entire food web starting with waste and ending with fish and produce. All resources are derived on site by recycling nutrients through a process of decomposition, aeration, algae, duckweed and compost teas formation to provide all that is needed to raise fish and vegetables sustainably.