Indoor Aquaponics vs Outdoor Aquaponics

Using an aquaponics system will enable you to cultivate plants and aquatic life without the need for undertaking a significant amount of maintenance. Understanding the benefits can help you determine what type of system is best for your requirements.


Whether the system is an outdoor or an indoor one, the process of circulation in which the plant and animal life help each other is the same but on a different scale. Salt water or fresh water can be used within these types of system and the one you choose will depend on the animal and plants that you require.

The waste produced by the aquatic animals remains in the water and helps to feed the plant life which, in turn, creates nutrients in the water. The nutrients help the plants to clear the water to remove any toxicity that can affect the aquatic animals. The cycle will continue so that all aspects of the system work together to grow and develop.    

Food Supply

An indoor aquaponics system can be beneficial from a learning point of view. It can prove to be a perfect education tool to help people understand the process of cultivating plants and aquatic life. On the other hand, a larger outdoor system can be used to produce crops and food when it is created on a big enough scale. There are several type of plants, such as fruit and herbs, that can be produced in this way along with fresh water fish.  


An indoor aquaponics system can require a significant amount of money to create as it will be necessary to purchase a tank, pump, plants and other sundries to make it work. However, depending on the size of the system, an outdoor version can prove just as expensive. The repair that can be required for any component that fails can increase the cost.   


Though a system of aquaponics is suitable for both inside and outside a property, the location of it can ultimately make a difference to the size of your system. If you plan to add to the size of your system, it will be easier to do this outside as you are less likely to have limited space to hinder you.

Large outdoor systems can benefit the environment by reducing the amount of resources required for crops and limit the carbon footprint that can come from food transportation as these systems are easy to set up.    


The nature of the systems means that little maintenance will be required whether it is indoors or outdoors. However, the more equipment that is used to set up the system, the more possibilities there are for repair being a requirement. There will be several points that could fail and prevent the entire system from working.

With an outdoor system, it may be necessary to occasionally replenish the water as some may be lost through evaporation and absorption by plants. This can be somewhat negated by installing a greenhouse aquaponics system so that water can be recycled in the self-contained enclosure.