How To Build An Aquaponics System: Video Tutorial

In this video we will show you the basic set-up of our aquaponics system, and introduce you to some tips to build your own.

You can visit our website at http://www.experimentsinaquaponics.org for detailed information on all the parts you will need for the build and for maintenance advice, growing tips and fish care.

Aquaponics is a system of raising fish and plants in a symbiotic cycle. Fish waste acts as a natural fertiliser, the plants absorb these nutrients, and the water remains clean for the fish. The only input in our systems are food for the fish. No watering (apart from evaporation top-up) or pesticides are required and the process is completely organic.

Web: http://www.experimentsinaquaponics.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ARTaquaponics

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Shia LaBeouf reads Charles Bukowski’s poem The Laughing Heart to our Aquaponics System

As part of the Central Saint Martins Fine Art Degree Show, actor Shia LaBeouf introduced students’ work via green screen. We asked Shia to read an excerpt of his favourite literary fiction our plants and fish. You can see his performance (where he reads Charles Bukowski’s poem The Laughing Heart) at 2:02:47.

AQUADRAMATICS: Abigail’s Party

Mike Leigh’s 1970s play ‘Abigail’s Party’ takes place during an evening of domestic hell in the guise of a suburban drinks soirée. While teenager Abigail parties a few doors away, the pretentious Beverly and her estate agent husband, Laurence, entertain their neighbours.

As part of our next event we will be running AQUADRAMATICS, a chance to perform ‘Abigail’s Party’ to our aquaponics system in its new home, at the Central Saint Martins Degree Show.

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Our Aquaponics System

Triple grow bed aquaponics system, with pak choi, cabbage and lettuce seedlings, and 17 tilapia fish

Triple grow bed aquaponics system, with pak choi, cabbage and lettuce seedlings, and 17 tilapia fish

Following on from our last post detailing HOW TO BUILD A SIMPLE AQUAPONICS SYSTEM we thought we would share our current set-up, which offers some variations on the simple build. The main difference is the expansion into 3 grow beds, and a large cylindrical tank which is currently home to 17 tilapia. Cylindrical tanks are a great choice as they have fewer ‘dead spots’ than rectangular ones, so the water flows around the full surface of the tank.

Pak choi seedlings, planted in bottomless pots for easy transferal and greater stability. White mineral deposits on pebbles (have recently appeared but do no harm).

Pak choi seedlings, planted in bottomless pots for easy transferal and greater stability. There are white mineral deposits on the pebbles which have recently appeared but do no harm.

We are planning on adding some new beds (possibly in tower shapes, with the water trickling from top to bottom) in the next few weeks, as we have adequate nutrients to support these and this will only increase as the fish get bigger! They are currently between 2 and 3 inches and have grown about an inch in the last 3 weeks.

Hope you enjoy looking at our system images (full layout diagram below – click to enlarge) and that they give you some inspiration for your own set-ups ☺︎

Our System Diagram COLOUR