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Aquaponics Projects – growing fish and vegetables

Kenyan project. Larger image here.

Aquaponic Greenhouse Prototype for Kenya

By Faith And Sustainable Technologies

Prototype aquaponic (combination of hydroponics and aquaculture) system using 700 gallon elevated ferro-cement flood tank technology developed by Travis W. Hughey which uses no float switches, electronic timers or microprocessors to control the flood and drain parameters of the system. It is a large version of the flood tank in the “Barrel-Ponics” manual found on this site as a free download. The system uses approximately 400 gallons of water per flood cycle. There are 37 barrel half growbeds also of Travis’s design incorporated. In the shallow pond water hyacinth and water lettuce are grown for fish feed.

The entire system consumes less than 400 watts. The vegetable production is over twice what can be grown in the same square footage of soil. Fish are also harvested and excess vegetation is either fed to the fish or composted to build healthy soils. It is our desire to use such systems to replenish depleated or erroded soils in places that can no longer support farming and reclaim the losses of bad management. There is no soil in the system itself with only gravel as the growth media with nutrients provided by the fish.

Visit Faith And Sustainable Technologies website here.

Morning Star Fishermen’s Aquaponics Education Program

The aquaponics courses held at the training center will teach students all of the basic skills and knowledge necessary to successfully breed and grow Tilapia and culture plants and vegetables “aquaponically” on a practical, self sustaining, “back yard” scale, as well as larger commercial scale. The courses include topics in Tilapia and aquaponic plant culture, breeding setups, equipment, reproduction, growth procedures, purging or cleaning, and harvesting of the fish and vegetables.

Link to Morning Star’s aquaponics courses here.

New Book: The Aquaponics Guidebook


“Replace an aquarium filter with a pot of gravel. Put a plant in the pot. Let it drain back into the aquarium. That’s aquaponics, boiled down to its simplest form.

“Now, consider it on a bigger scale: An above-ground swimming pool with 3000 gallons of water. 4-foot wide grow bed trenches and lined with rubber, stretching 100 feet. Out of this system a staggering amount of vegetables and fish protein can be produced, to be consumed, traded or sold. Inputs are fish food, electricity and a modest amount of maintenance.

“Or how about this: Water from a fish pond is pumped up hill and filtered down through gravel grow beds. The clean water trickles back into the pond. Nothing is wasted. The excess nutrients provide a valuable crop.

“Aquaponics is simple and it works.

“It’s also curious that it hasn’t caught on in a bigger way, for all the clear and immediate benefits it provides.”

Visit Access to Aquaponics here. The Guidebook is available on the website.

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1 Robert Mwakio { 07.11.11 at 10:41 pm }

We have started the same system in rural Kenya (Western Kenya Region) It has proved to be a success. Right now we are trying to sensitize the fishing communities around lake Victoria not to over depend on fishing alone. Diversification in dietary habits will save the Lakes diminishing fish resources.

I would be delightful to join hands with you in expansion of the aquaponic culture.

2 Michael Page { 07.12.11 at 7:32 am }

I have been in solar power for over 20 years and have many times combined solar power with pond-hydro systems
on large variety of systems. Currently we are in lthe process of an one and one/half (1 1/2) acre pond using solar power to aireate/properly P/h, pump filtered water to a 1500 gallon holding tank and gravity feed to the 1/2 acre garden.
Our goals include taking what we’ve learned to 3rd world countries to assist them indevelopment in the best direction possible. If we can learn from each other, that would be the greatest.
Give a ring when you’re able!


Mike Page

3 Michael Page { 07.12.11 at 7:37 am }

Give a ring when your able!



Mike Page

4 sue { 11.27.11 at 9:04 pm }

great insight, i would be interested to know more for demo farm

5 gidean lopes { 12.06.11 at 5:17 pm }

gostaria de implantar em minha casa,como posso fazer isso?

6 peter frank { 02.05.12 at 12:55 pm }

Yes, i have seen this in a youtube video that that use in eco friendly hotels in budapest,

7 bernard vera { 03.15.12 at 8:56 am }

This is a very interesting system and i would really like to know more and put it to the test in my country Zimbabwe, plz send me info and learning material?

8 MUKASA EDIRISA { 04.27.12 at 10:55 pm }

I would like to do this in Uganda but I do not have money to start it up can you help me do it

9 Chris Matu { 09.04.12 at 4:29 am }

I would like to set up an aquaponics greenhouse in Central Kenya (Kiganjo, Nyeri), using flowing water in plastic pipes for growing crops (no gravel or growing medium). Any pointers on suppliers of equipment & technical support.

10 gkpillai { 09.17.12 at 11:43 pm }

i am from india,i would like to start the aquaponics.But form were i can get the details and training.pleAse mail to