AQUAPONICS – LEVEL 1

Building a Media-based Aquaponics System
 
This class is ideal for the novice or the individual who is curious about aquaponic gardening. Participants build an aquaponic system that can be replicated at home.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
By the end of the class participants will:
  1.  Be familiar with the 3 major types of aquaponics systems 
  2.  Be able to build a home-type media-based system
 
FIRST CLASS
  • Why aquaponics?
  • Types of grow beds
Media-filled
Raft
NFT
  • Fish tanks
  • Sump tanks
  • Plumbing and bell siphons
Equipment and system assembly
Pump basics – types and sizes
Water and oxygen
Water cycling
  • Varieties of fish – pros and cons

Activity Build a media-bed and set up a fish tank
 
SECOND CLASS
  • Daily operation and maintenance of aquaponics systems
Water testing
Equipment checks
Trouble shooting problems
  • Seed starting
  • Lighting
  • Using worms as a biofilter

Activities 
Complete plumbing system
Put the full aquaponics system together
Conduct water testing