What is aquaponics?

'Aquaponics' is an ecosystem where fish and plants use each other to grow. The word 'Aquaponics' combines the words and elements of 'aquaculture' and 'hydroponic' agriculture by definition. Essentially, aquaponic systems are designed so the waste from aquatic life becomes nutrients for the plants, and the plants in turn clean the water by using up the aquatic waste.