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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AQUAPONICS SYSTEM: UPDATES

We have seen huge growth in the system since our post back in February, follow us on Twitter for regular updates but here are a couple of pictures from a few weeks ago:

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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