DIY Aquaponics – Plans, Planning and Execution

As almost every single DIY aquaponics user, enthusiast, expert and anybody else with a bit of hands-on experience with aquaponics will tell you, the most critical step in a start-up aquaponics system is establishing and completing the nitrogen cycle.

The nitrogen cycle as it relates to an aquaponics system, in the simplest of terms, is the process of establishing the right kind of water quality as it circulates between the fish tank and the plants tank.

This is a slow process (taking up to 1 month or even

Aquaponics and Nitrogen Cycle

longer sometimes) that can make or break an aquaponics system. If it goes right (as it should if you’re following a well researched plan), you will be rewarded with a working, even thriving aquaponics system with healthy fish and regular crops of fine, organic vegetables, greens, herbs etc. However, if the nitrogen cycle does not get properly set, you could end up with dead fish, dead plants, or both.

Please don’t get me wrong here, I’m not trying to scare or discourage you or anything like that. :) The reason why I said what I said above is to make you aware of the critical importance of the nitrogen cycle for an aquaponics system, so that you don’t end up with a less than working system after weeks of waiting.

As a matter of fact, a well-researched and detailed aquaponics plan or guide can tell you just how to go about with this (as well as all other aspects of building your system).

Unfortunately, while there are plenty of free online resources telling you about DIY aquaponics in varying amounts of detail, I failed to find any that is free yet provides comprehensive, all-rounded, actionable plans that you can actually follow to build – and bring to life – your own aquaponics system.

The one DIY aquaponics guide (a digital resource, not free, but quite inexpensive) that I found and used successfully is called Aquaponics4You.

It comes with a Aquaponic System Plansstep-by-step video tutorial, plans and also an eBook which will help you build a DIY aquaponics system from start to finish.

It costs some 30 or 40 dollars but the author offers a full, 60-day refund guarantee so you’re not really risking anything by giving it a try. If you wish, you can check out the  Aquaponics4You web site by clicking here.

 

Aquaponics Systems – just my thoughts

As you’re probably aware, aquaponics systems come in various forms, shapes and sizes.

Ranging right from barrel aquaponics to the bathtub variety, from simple, inexpensive DIY aquaponic systems (that you can make and keep at home – in the backyard, garage or indoors, in your kitchen and even in the drawing room using an aquarium as the fish tank) to full blown commercial aquaponics systems, they’re all out there.

Aquaponics SystemOne day I stumbled across a YouTube video demonstrating how to build a small DIY aquaponic system for under $70!! I’ll try to find that video again (unfortunately, I forgot to bookmark it) and post a link here sometime soon.

Having dabbled with aquaponics for quite some time now, and having been enjoying all its benefits, I sometimes wonder why this wonderful fish and organic vegetable farming method has not really caught on in a big way. I mean, just look at all the benefits of a home aquaponics system:

  • 100% organic vegetables, fruits, greens and herbs
  • Healthy fish (tilapia, bass, trout, koi, catfish – you name it)
  • 100% Eco-friendly (consumes just 10 to 20% of water required by conventional gardening)
  • Costs little to build (typically a few hundred dollars)
  • Costs hardly anything to maintain (just fish food and a bit of electricity is all it takes)

…. just to name a few.

Now look at all the people out there scrambling to live and eat healthy, organic and what have you. How many of those do you think have even heard of aquaponics? While a lot of people today are well-familiar with aquaculture and hydroponics, only a small fraction even knows about aquaponics or about the fact that aquaponics is a technique that combines all the benefits of aquaculture and hydroponics, while completely eliminating all the negative aspects of both these systems!

I long to see the day when every household would have an aquaponics system in it. Pardon me if you find me coming on a bit strong here, but that’s just the way I am. :)

If you’re looking for DIY Aquaponics Plans to build your own home aquaponic system, you might find my previous post (link below) useful:

Aquaponics Plans – Where to find-Rare to find :)

 

Aquaponics Plans – Where to find-Rare to find :)

You’re probably here because you’re looking (like so many others) for DIY-style Aquaponics Plans that you can use to build a home aquaponics system.

In case you’re new to Aquaponics, here is a quick introduction:
Aquaponics is the gardening/farming technique using which you can raise (healthy) fish and 100% organic vegetables in a closed-loop system. The fish provide nutrients for the plants and the plants purify the water for the fish – an all-natural, win-win situation. :)

One more key advantage of aquaponics is that a simple, yet fully functional system could be built easily and inexpensively, DIY-style, that you could keep and use at home – In the garage, in your backyard, or even indoors.

When I first found out about aquaponics, I got immediately interested and started looking for DIY aquaponics plans that I could use to build my own home aquaponics system in my backyard.

After days of online research, I finally managed to find a source providing complete, comprehensive guidance on how to build an aquaponics system including plans etc. that I could use to build my backyard aquaponics system. While this DIY aquaponics guide was not free, the cost was quite low (even for me, and that’s saying a lot :) ).

To cut a long story short, I will be documenting my experiences finding easy yet workable DIY aquaponics plans and related information here. Please feel free to browse around whenever you wish to and hope you’ll find at least something useful on my blog.