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  • Aquaponics system - All things related to the DIY system I am designing, building, testing and running. I have researched numerous aquaponics systems that are detailed on the internet and have selected the aspects of each system to integrate into my own aquaponics system.

  • DIY Aquaponics - This section contains a structured collection on all things I have found on the internet related to planning, building, testing, running and maintaining a DIY aquaponics. It includes aquaponic resources on design choices, choice of fish, choice of plants, etc. All relevant items that I come across are added to the aquaponic resources section. This list of resources will simply continue to grow until it covers all relevant aspects!

    • Aquaponics Systems Types - There are three main systems types: flood and drain, deep water raft and nutrient film systems. Each of the aquaponics system types has advantages and disadvantages, and you can choose to combine multiple systems types in one large aquaponics design. In addition, the Dutch Bucket design can be successfully integrated.

      • Ebb Flow hydroponic system - An Ebb and Flow type (also referred to as flood and drain) consists of a plant bed filled with a medium such as gravel. Water is pumped into the plant bed until a maximum water level is reached. The water is then drained out of the system, usually using gravity via a Siphon. The Ebb Flow hydroponic system is extremely well suited to be used seamlessly in Aquaponics systems! In fact, it is the system type of choice for most DIY enthousiasts.

      • Nutrient film technique (NFT) - In the Nutrient Film Technique NFT-system type, a thin film of water and nutrients are flowed through a horizontal pipe or gutter and the plants are suspended above the water. The roots touch the "thin film" of water and nutrients, this taking in their nutritional requirements.

    • Aquaponic tanks - There are a large number of options when selecting a fish tank, with wildly varying prices and quality. In what types of tanks can you keep your fish in a DIY aquaponics setup? What is the best tank type? This page lists some of the choices you have when selecting your aquaponic tanks.

    • Aquaponics fish - Fish are absolutely essential in any succesful system design. Many people use Tilapia as their choice for aquaponics fish. But what fish can be used other than Tilapia? And how do aquaponics installations in different parts of the world affect the types of fish used? This fish for aquaponics resources page answers these questions.

      • Keeping fish in tanks - When keeping fish in tanks for aquaponics systems, there are some important points to take note of. There are a few things that must be done right, or the fish will quickly die. Once these basic requirements are met, keeping fish in tanks becomes easy.

      • Tilapia - They are an easy to raise fish that is fast growing, easy to buy, tastes great and generally happy to live in a tank. To my surprise, Tilapia could be considered the winner in my "favorite fish for aquaponics" contest! Even in a colder climate, this creature can come out at the top of the list. But remember - there are a few species and they have small differences in their characteristics.

        • Tilapia species - There are a number of species in this family of fish, and not all have the same characteristics. So here is an overview of the Tilapia species found.

        • Tilapia nutrition - They are healthy to eat and contain a lot of protein with no carbohydrates and very little fat. View the Tilapia nutrition table for detailed information.

        • Tilapia water temperature - What is the ideal water temperature? At what minimum level will they die, and what is the warmest that they will survive in? Is there an optimal tilapia water temperature for the growth and health of the fish? It turns out that the temperature can vary quite a bit, as long as you stay within a specific range. There are also a number of things you can do to minimize fluctuations when transferring heat into the tank.

        • Water quality for Tilapia - Keeping the water quality in the tank in optimal condition requires focussing on levels of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. Also carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the water need to be monitored and regulated, they are all in scope for this water quality for tilapia information page.

        • Feeding Tilapia - The fish that you keep in the tank of an aquaponic system must be fed according to their specific requirements. Feeding Tilapia is easy, it is probably one of the easiest and most forgiving fish that one could choose to include in an aquaponics system. As long as you provide the correct nutritional building blocks, and feed them at set times and in correct quantities, keeping Tilapia happy should be easy.

        • Tilapia for sale - Resources to purchase your fingerlings for use in an aquaponics system. Commercial and private parties interested in selling you the small Tilapia fish will be listed here. Do you have Tilapia for sale? Let me know and I will mention you here!

    • Aquaponics bacteria - Fish waste (rich in ammonia) has to be broken down into something that is useful for plants and non-toxic to the fish. The aquaponics bacteria perform this crucial task and they do it well - as long as you get the aerobical bacteria. If your system grows anaerobic bacteria - you are in trouble. Keep your bacteria happy!

    • System size - There is no such thing as an ideal size of a DIY aquaponics setup. As long as the components are mutually balanced, the system size itself does not matter. The principles will apply, whether it is from a small patio-sized garden used to supply only a supplement to your personal food consumption, or whether it is a multiple-acre large commercial aquaponics operation.

      • Plant bed size - Your aquaponics system must be in balance. That means that the plant bed size must be aligned to the amount of fish in the system. And the amount of fish is related to the size if the fish tank. If you know any of these sizes, you can calculate the other sizes (see parent article on system size). This page is about determining the size of the plant beds in your aquaponic system?

      • Component Ratio - The relationship between the volume of water in a fish tank and the volume of plant medium in the plant beds is commonly known as the component ratio.

    • Fertilizer - What fertilizer can be used in your system without adversely affecting the health of the fish? It is important to understand the nutritional requirements of your plants, and you should also be aware of what nutrients are added into the Aquaponics cycle through the fish food. Essentially, only the nutrients and minerals that are introduced into the system can end up in the food. It is a closed loop system, if you don't somehow add it, it is not going to be available for the plants.

      • Chelated Iron fertilizer - Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in an aquaponics garden, it is responsible for the yellowing of plant leaves. Furtunately, this Iron deficiency is also one of the easiest problems to fix: simply adding a small amount of Chelated Iron fertilizer at regular intervals is all that is needed.

      • Seaweed extracts (Seasol) - They are an excellent source of additional minerals and trace elements to use in your DIY Aquaponics setup: seaweed extracts (sometimes called seasol fertilizer) provide a natural and organic way to boost the building blocks available to the plants. And it is completely safe for all types of fish used in Aquaponic gardens.

    • Aquaponics water usage - How does the water usage compare to other means of raising fish and plants? The amount of water used is significantly smaller. Believe it or not, aquaponics water usage is only 5% (or even less) than what used in conventional techniques. Welcome to this aquaponics resources page on water usage.

    • Nitrogen cycle - In a nutshell: Fish excrete Ammonia, Ammonia gets converted by good bacteria into Nitrites. Nitrites get converted by other good bacteria into Nitrates. And plants absorb the Nitrates as nutrients to grow, completing the Nitrogen cycle. The water is returned to the fish tank where the cycle begins anew.

    • Aquaponics plants - In theory you can grow just about any type of plant in an aquaponics system. In practice, some types of plants will grow more easily than other types of plants. There is also a difference between the types of plants you can easily grow in a newly setup (immature) aquaponics system and plants that can be grown in an established (mature) system. This is our list of favorite aquaponics plants.

    • pH value for Aquaponics - The correct pH value of the water in an aquaponics system is critical. If the pH is off too far, the fish can die and the "good bacteria" can be replaced with the unwanted bad bacteria. The plants will also suffer from this change in system health. The pH value shows how acidic or how alkaline (base) the water in your system is. This article is one of the more important ones to understand in our DIY Aquaponics section.

  • Aquaponics supplies - Building your own aquaponics system can be a lot of fun and getting the right supplies is critical for your sucess. It can be quite a challenge to get your aquaponics supplies. This page aims to help out, by becoming a "yellow pages" of businesses and individuals alike willing to sell you the aquaponics supplies that you need at a fair price.

  • Aquaponic experts - A wealth of information on different enthousiasts and experts that I have found online is collected in this section of the site. Different people have varying opinions, and storing them here in a structured fashion will make future referencing of my favorite aquaponic experts a lot easier!

    • Colle Davis (Portable Farms) - He is the founder and co-inventor at the Portable Farms company. As an inventor, he has designed systems that are used commercially. He also provides consulting and training to those willing to pay his fee for his many years of expertise. There are probably not all that many people that have more years of relevant first hand experience than Colle Davis.

    • Phyllis Davis (Portable Farms) - She is the co-inventor at Portable Farms LLC, and she also runs the Patioponics Portable Farms company. She joined her husband Colle Davis and together Phyllis Davis and her husband Colle have committed to making their Portable Farms company work. This company is superbly positioned to ride the aquaponics wave that I am convinced will transform the food growing industry. I wish them all the success in the world!

    • Edward Pozek (HDAquaponics) - The website HDAquaponics is run and maintained by Edward Pozek. He has 30+ excellent video's available on his YouTube account (linked here) and articles on his aquaponics site. There is also a paying members-only section, I am not sure what information that contains.

      • Aquaponics greenhouse - Videos detailing the greenhouse including first impressions and updates on the build. The outline of Edward's aquaponics design is becoming clear with this Harbor Freight greenhouse outline.

      • Bell Siphon - Video explanation of how a bell siphon system can work in an aquaponics design. A test system has been created from a small blue barrel to test and understand the workings of the siphon.

      • Grow Media - The video answer to the community question: how are you going to grow plants in your grow bed if you are not going to be using any dirt?

      • Fish tank - Two used 1000 liter IBC (International Bulk Container) containers are combined to the fish tank in Edward Pozek's home aquaponics system.

      • Barrelponics - An aquaponics system built from barrels is often used in small home systems. Barrel aquaponics, or barrelponics for short, is the absolute minimum aquaponics system. Edward Pozek uses such system to learn the aquaponic concepts and then apply these concepts to his large system.

      • Indoor Aquaponics - This page explains the indoor system in depth, and many videos have been edded to show detailed information on Edward Pozek's indoor aquaponics system including fish tank, piping, plantbeds and lighting setup.

  • Aquaponics forum - The forum is a central place where enthousiasts and experts are invited to share their experiences on all subjects relating to aquaponic subjects in the widest sense of the word. The aquaponics forum is there for beginners and experts alike - let's all ask their questions or share their lessons learned.

  • What is Aquaponics - When I talk about this project, I almost always get confused looks. Aqua-what? Almost everyone understands growing your own vegetables in your garden, but achieving this without soil in a controlled environment is a real eye-opener. Then I confuse them again by talking about fish. I've lost count how often I have been asked: "What is aquaponics?", and it is an important question as I believe aquaponics to be a really big deal. And how does it relate to Aquaculture and Hydroponics, anyway?