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DIY Aquaponics Designs

May 16, 2011 | Aquaponics, Courses + Workshops, Off-Farm goings on | 7 comments | Author:

So it turns out that aquaponics doesn’t have to be just a bunch of tanks and grow beds. Not that I mind ‘classic’ aquaponics setups. I just like to know there’s more than one way to grow a fish. And some salad.

Recently we ran our first Aquaponics Workshop in Sydney, and it was a very enlightening weekend. We wanted to run a workshop in aquaponics that focused on how to design and build your own system from recycled materials. And the student designs that came out of the workshop were not only awesome but also achievable!

Class design time!

Explaining aquaponics designs to each other is an important way to get feedback - especially when it's your first design

We can’t wait to see some real-world permutations of these designs created and installed! We hope they get built. But then we know all about trying to get things built. Sometimes it takes a little while…

Just a few more aquaponics resources:

Many thanks to all the students who attended this workshop, and shared your thoughts and enthusiasm on aquaponics! Thanks also to Charlie of ecolicious for heading the workshop and setting us all on the path.

Our next aquaponics workshop will be at Kimbriki on Sydney’s north shore, where Charles has created another funky aquaponics setup from recycled materials, featuring an old boat for a growbed. Looking forward to it!

Charlie from ecolicious explaining the Alexandria Park Community Center aquaponics setup that he designed and built (with a little help from us).

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  • heya May 17, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply

    Hi – that bathroom setup looks as though it was inspired by an old WindowFarms design.
    There is a newer version out now that doesn’t require a top reservoir:

    1. milkwoodkirsten May 17, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply

      yep i rekon windowfarms was an influence on that one! But this one’s aqauponic, not hydroponic nutrient cycling…

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  • Syaza May 22, 2011 at 3:43 am | Reply

    great idea! i’m taking 1st degree in horticulture & landscapping. i think i’m going to try this for my final year project.

  • Steve May 26, 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply

    yep it was indeed inspired by windowfarming! I have made the first trial system which is shown in the Milkwood PDC forum for anyone who is in the group. I was unable to persuade the girlfriend to let me use the bath this time and we’ve just been evicted which will mean I have to dismantle :(

    As for my set up I built a combination deepflow, nutrient film system without a reservoir – just a pump.

    Will keep you posted tho :D

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