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Aquaponics

A combination of fish and plant production using aquaculture and hydroponics systems, aquaponics is moving from the realm of experimental to commercial. Learn more about this production system and if it might be right for your backyard garden or farming operation.

2013 eXtension Virtual Aquaculture Workshop

Cooperative Extension Service.

Workshop sessions covered Species, Systems, Aquaponics (system design and management), and Aquaculture Business Management. Webinar recordings, PDF copies of the presentation, and reference materials are available.

Principles of Small-Scale Aquaponics   html

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

Provides an overview of aquaponics and describes system design and components; management of the aquaponic system; and water quality issues.

Economics of Aquaponics   html

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

Although aquaponics is not a new technology, "the interest in growing fish and plants in an integrated, indoor system has grown rapidly in recent years." This factsheet presents an analysis of aquaponic systems, including economic considerations, production cost estimates, and the economic feasibility of aquaponics in the United States.

Aquaponics-Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture   html

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Introduces aquaponics, profiles working aquaponic systems and identifies resources and contacts.

Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Aquaponics—Integrating Fish and Plant Culture   pdf

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

An overview of aquaponics production including system design, plant and fish production, nutrient dynamics and economics.

Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together   pdf

Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension Service; Colorado Aquaponics

A presentation from a workshop focused on establishing an aquaponic system. Several system designs, fish species, nutrient dynamics, plant crops and useful tips are included in the presentation.

Aquaponics   html

Agricultural Marking Resource Center.

Presents an overview of aquaponics, lists advantages over conventional crop production systems, and describes four plant growth subsystems: Ebb and Flow; Deep-water culture; Nutrient Film Technique; and Drip Irrigation.

Aquaponics   mpeg video

Purdue University.

This video is an "introduction to the recommended practices and guidelines for starting a successful aquaponics operation."

Closed-Loop Aquaponic Growing System Combines Land And Lake   mpeg video

Iowa Public Television. Market to Market.

In this Iowa Public Television segment, Josh Buettner interviews Cooperative Extension agents about aquaponics systems, market opportunities and information resources for farmers.

How to Build and Operate a Simple Small-to-Large Scale Aquaponics System   pdf   (8.9 MB)

This document covers the history of modern aquaponics production systems, provides building instructions for an inexpensive aquaponics system that includes illustrations and images, and a aquaponics best management practices checklist.

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