What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a water-circulating, soil-less system.  The natural bacteria in the ecosystem converts waste from the fish to nutrients which is absorbed by the plants and removed from the water.  This growing method, scalable from small backyard gardens to large commercial systems, requires minimal water usage and no chemical fertilizers while providing organic produce and fish from the system.

Still not clear?  Aquaponics is actually very simple but it may take a few times of explaining before it all syncs in.  Here are a handul of our favorite “Introduction to Aquaponics” videos that can explain it very well.

Aquaponics Overview from Purdue University

This is our favorite introduction of Aquaponics, the practice of combining fish farming and hydroponics, which was created by Purdue Extension, NOAA, & Sea Grant Illinois-Indiana. This video provides information on why aquaponics is important to our future food production as well as recommended practices and guidelines for starting a successful aquaponics operation.


 Aquaponics Overview from Backyard Aquaponics

Brief aquaponics introduction video from Backyard Aquaponics in Western Australia.  This is a great video to send to your friends, family and neighbors when they want to know what you are working on in the backyard at all hours of the night.


The Accidental Aquaponics Enthusiast?

Meet Rob Torcellini and learn how he accidentally fell into aquaponics. He bought a $700 greenhouse kit to grow more vegetables, added fish to get rid of a mosquito problem and before long he was a committed aquaponic gardener. Rob shows us the aquaponics greenhouse in his Connecticut backyard built mostly from scavenged parts as well as his DIY indoor system where he’s growing lettuce under a grow light.


Green Acre’s “I Aquaponic”

This is another great introduction to aquaponic farming from Green Acre Aquaponic, one of the leading commercial aquaponic farmers in the nation.


Introduction to Home Aquaponics

Malamalama magazine team visited University of Hawai’i Aquaponics Specialist Clyde Tamaru at his outdoor facility on the grounds of Windward Community College to discuss his aquaponic system and why it is important to our future food supply.


Maui Aquaponics

Good overview of aquaponics as well as some great insight as to why it has taken off in Hawaii. Seems crazy that 90% of the food served in Hawaii is shipped in even though they have some ideal growing conditions.

Maui Aquaponics from David Mercer on Vimeo.


Murray Hallams Practical Aquaponics

Murray Hallams is one of the leaders in the Aquaponics industry. This video is actually an intro for a longer DVD video sale but has some great information for for building your own Aquaoponic system.

Did we miss any of your favorite “Introduction to Aquaponic” videos? If so, let us know below and we’ll consider them for inclusion in this list!

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