Want to combine raising fish and growing plants into a super-efficient cultivation system?

Discover how aquaponics systems work, and how they can create much more yield than traditional forms of cultivation. Learn everything you need to know to establish an aquaponics system on your permaculture property. Select the most suitable fish and plant species for a vibrant, high-yielding system. Explore the ways of providing for the needs of your system from your site.

This course offers a comprehensive guide to setting up an aquaponics system on your permaculture property – so you can raise fish and grow plants in a system of cultivation that has low energy inputs and high yields.

Here are just some of the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Understand the fundamentals of what aquaponics gardening entails
  • Appreciate some of the historical precursors to modern aquaponics
  • Discover the three primary forms of aquaponics systems
  • Learn some of the advantages of each system
  • Know the suitable sizes for your fish tank and growing bed
  • Be cognizant of the various pumps required to ensure a fully functioning aquaponics system
  • Be able to “off gas” the chlorine in tap water so it is suitable for use in your tank
  • Understand the bacterial process that cycles nutrients through your aquaponics system
  • Learn the behavioral characteristics of many species of fish suitable for use in aquaponics
  • Know the dietary and environmental needs of potential fish species
  • Discover various sources of potential food for your fish – from outside sources and from your property
  • Have the knowledge to raise a number of invertebrates of your site with which to feed your fish

Various manifestations of the principle behind aquaponics have been practiced for centuries, and this course begins by giving you some background on the cultivation of plants alongside fish.

Then the course explores the main types of modern system in use today, which are:

  • The nutrient film technique
  • The deep-water culture technique
  • The media bed technique

You’ll learn about the characteristics and application of all three and why the media bed system provides the focus for this course.

Setting up your own media bed aquaponics system is relatively easy – and once it is in place, it is a very efficient mode of food productions. In this course you will learn the essential bits of equipment you need to create a complete system, and you get advice on suitable sizes and materials for the various components, such as the fish tank, the container for the growing medium, the pumps to circulate the ater, and an aeration pump to provide oxygen to the organisms that inhabit the system.

One of the key organisms is the bacterium that cycle nitrogen through the system. You’ll discover how this cycle works, and the different forms of bacteria that have a role to play in it. You will also learn how to ensure suitable water conditions in your tank not only for the bacteria to flourish, but also for your fish to feel comfortable.

Choosing a species of fish for your system is another important decision. This course gives you the lowdown on some of the more common species that are able to thrive in aquaponics systems, including:

  • Tilapia
  • Catfish
  • Trout
  • Perch
  • Barramundi
  • Carp
  • Koi
  • Goldfish

You’ll discover their dietary requirements and behavioral characteristics so you can select a species suitable for your conditions and for which you are able to meet all their needs to ensure healthy, vibrant fish stocks.

Key among these needs is food. There are a range of options available to the permaculture gardener for providing nutrition to their fish from their on site, such as:

  • Growing aquatic plants
  • Raising snails on a garden bed
  • Raising black fly larvae and other insects
  • Utilizing chicken manure

We’ll also look at the role manufactured fish pellets can play in meeting the dietary needs of your fish stock.

Such a food source can often provide necessary minerals and trace elements that may be lacking from other sources, but you’ll learn what to look for when sourcing pellets, and how your buying choices can have impacts on wider wild ecosystems.

From there, we’ll move on to discussing one of the main yields for the permaculture gardener from an aquaponics system – the crops. We’ll look at the kinds of species of fruit, vegetable, and herb that do well in any system, regardless of size, as well as others that need slightly higher nutrition levels, but which can still easily be cultivated in a home aquaponics system.

You’ll learn how to plant your specimens into the media bed so that they get the best chance of establishing themselves, as well as some tips for ensuring a flourishing system over time – including ways to provide them with essential nutrients they need which may not be available from the system itself.

One of these ways is to incorporate worms into the media bed. Just as with traditional soil-based garden beds, worms can bring many benefits, from processing nutrients in the water into a form that allows plant roots to access them to keeping soil pests and pathogens at bay.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience:

We’ve focused on not just what you learn on this course, but how you learn it. We recognize that people like to learn in different ways, or appreciate being able to study information in a number of ways to help make information more tangible. That’s why this package incorporates a number of methods that you can use to work your way through the course. When you invest in this course, you’ll receive for one full year:

  • An eBook of the course
  • Access to a video animation
  • An audio-only recording of the course
  • Summaries to guide you through the sections
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge

You can use one, some or all of these methods to access the knowledge and practical guidance contained within the course. From reading the eBook in front of the fire and listening to the audio stream when you are out for a run, to testing yourself on the quizzes while sitting in the garden on a summer’s evening – the choice is yours.

However you like to study, and whatever your schedule, we’ve got your learning covered.

And once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a certificate to celebrate your achievement.

Aquaponics has a rich history, and is also likely to play a very important role in the future of food cultivation given its efficiency compared to land-based systems. So it makes sense that as many people as possible have access to the knowledge and skills to put aquaponics into action.

Bonus #1: Essential Guide To Aquaponics eBook

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  • Discover the three primary forms of aquaponics system
    You’ll learn the different ways that aquaponics can be practiced, and which are most suitable for your permaculture property. You will also find out how aquaponics has developed over time, and the fundamentals of what aquaponic gardening entails
  • Learn the practical skills to set up an aquaponics system
    Working from the ground up, the eBook is your comprehensive guide to starting and maintaining your own aquaponics system. You will learn about the required elements – including tanks, garden beds, pumps, and growing mediums – and how to integrate them, as well as how to prepare the system for introducing your fish and plants.
  • Choose the right fish species for your site
    This eBook gives you lots of information about a variety of fish breeds that can be used in aquaponics systems. You will discover the environment each prefers, how to give them the best conditions to thrive in, and their dietary needs. You will also learn about the various sources of potential food for your fish – from outside sources and from your property

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