Aquaponic Gardening: Growing Fish and Vegetables Together
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Aquaponic Gardening: Growing Fish and Vegetables Together

Grow an entire dinner right in your backyard with aquaponics! Safe, healthy fish and organic vegetables with no weeds!
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Created by Sylvia Bernstein
Last updated 8/2015
Price: $25
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 49 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To teach new, inspired aquaponic gardeners in a way that is straightforward and unitimidating.
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  • Just a desire to grow your own food

Welcome to Aquaponic Gardening and the fascinating marriage of hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and aquaculture (growing fish in captivity).  This course is based on my book, "Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together " and is designed to be easy to follow, comprehensive, and fun.  

Most of the lectures in this Aquaponic Tutorial are what is called a Video / Presentation Mashup at Udemy.  What that means is that you will see a video of myself or Alan (my husband and partner) talking and demonstrating on the left, and PowerPoint slides on the right with details to keep the concepts straight. But you don't need to do anything - the slides will just appear at the correct time! 

At the end of this aquaponic gardening course there is a series of articles and blog posts that I've written that I think are particularly relevant to new aquaponic gardeners who are smitten with this growing technique (and I hope that is you!) and want to dive deeper.  The first article is called the "Aquaponic Gardening Rules of Thumb" and it is a summary list of many of the concepts, principles and ratios that are elaborated on in the course.

The lectures end with some handy tracking sheets and a list of links to many of the products that are shown in the course.  Some other resources that will prove useful as you embark on your aquaponic journey are...

·  The Aquaponic Source - our company site and shopping site for all your aquaponic gardening needs

·  The Aquaponic Gardening Community - a thriving online community of gardeners just like you who help each other learn and grow

·  Aquaponic Gardening Book

·  Aquaponics Association - a wonderful resource for promoting aquaponics.  They also put on the annual Aquaponics Association Conference.

If you like this course please be sure and review it here and tell your friends!

Let's get growing!


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in gardening, fish, or food
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Curriculum For This Course
60 Lectures
Learn to Grow Fish and Plants Together Using Aquaponics!
1 Lecture 01:25
Getting Started
2 Lectures 15:58

Information on how this course is going to work and a walk through the course outline.

Preview 06:27

In this session we define what aquaponic gardening actually is, and what they benefits of this method for growing fish and plants together are both globally and locally.

Preview 09:31
The Plan
4 Lectures 41:23

What to think about in the placement of your aquaponics system.  Includes detailed sections on special considerations for indoor and greenhouse growing.

System Location And Environment

Why you need to think about heating your aquaponics system (even if you are growing trout) and some thoughts on how to do it efficiently and effectively. 

Heating Air and Water

What are all the ways that you can grow using aquaponics?  What are the pros and cons of each of them?

System Types

From simple, single bed system designs to the design principles behind CHiFT PiST, CHOP, and CHOP2 media based systems

Media System Designs
The Hardware
15 Lectures 02:34:11

How to you select the best grow beds for your aquaponics system?  What materials can you use?  How big should they be?  How do you support them?

Grow Beds

What sort of criteria are there for excellent fish tanks?  What types of containers make good fish tanks?  Do you need to cover fish tanks?  How do you seal plumbing holes in the curved surfaces of a round fish tank?

Fish Tanks

When do we need sump tanks?  What considerations are important when sizing a sump tank?  How do you connect multiple sump tanks together?

Sump Tanks

How do the number of fish to the size of the fish tank to the size of the grow bed all interrelate?  This lesson summarizes several of the key points from the previous lectures

Ratio Summary

Why use PVC? What pipe options do you have with PVC? What fitting options are there?  How does the nomenclature in PVC work?

Plumbing Basics Part I

How do you efficiently cut and glue PVC?  Do you always need to glue pieces together?  When might you use a threaded fitting vs a slip fitting? What is a Union fitting?

Plumbing Basics Part 2

What types of pumps are there?  How do they work?  What can go wrong with a pump?  How do you clean and maintain them?

Pump Basics

What size pump do you need for your timer-based system?  How do the requirements differ when you are using siphons?  How does gravity, or "head height", affect this calculation?

Pump Sizing

What is the best way to get water into a grow bed?  What methods can I use to drain the grow bed?  If I choose a timer-based drain then how to I plumb my grow bed for that?

Grow Bed Plumbing - Using a Timer

Alan Bernstein explains all about Bell Siphons. What are the advantages of bell siphons? What are the parts of a bell siphon? How do they work? What can go wrong and how do you fix them?
Bell Siphons Part I

What are the 7 key elements in the design of your bell siphon that affect its performance?

Bell Siphons Part 2

What purpose does media serve in your system?  What criteria should you use for selecting grow media?  What are the pros and cons of the media types that are currently available?  

Grow Media

This is Part 1 of an updated version of our original grow lighting lecture shot in our Longmont, CO showroom

Grow Lights - Part 1

This is Part 2 of an updated version of our original grow lighting lecture shot in our Longmont, CO showroom

Grow Lights - Part 2

How pure does the water in an aquaponics system need to be?  How do you deal with chlorine and chloramine?  Is well water safe?  How do you measure dissolved oxygen?  What are the best ways to get oxygen into your system?  How much oxygen do you need?

Water and Oxygen
The Software
8 Lectures 01:08:36

What kind of fish work best in an aquaponics system?  How do I introduce new fish into my system?  How do I feed them?  What can go wrong?


Steve, The Fish Dude at The Aquaponic Source, shows a simple method for safely introducing fish to your aquaponics system.

Introducing Fish to your System


How do you humanely harvest your fish? How do you prepare it for eating, including cutting off a fillet?  What is the best way to cook those fillets?

Harvesting and Filleting Fish

What types of plants can you grow, and what can't you grow? When and how do you introduce plants into your aquaponics system? What about additives to enhance growth? How does pH affect plants?

Pollination in Indoor Gardens

What is IPM, or Integrated Pest Management?  Are there ways that you can prevent insects from harming your plants in the first place?  How do you look for insects?  What are the "Horrible 4" of the insect world?  How do you identify them?

Insects Part 1

How to kill the little nasties!!

Insects Part 2

Why are worms important in an media based aquaponics system?  How do you introduce them to your grow beds?

The Integrated System
8 Lectures 59:00

What is "cycling"?  How does the cycling process work in aquaponics?

Cycling Part I

How to cycle your aquaponics system both using fish, and without fish ("Fishless Cycling").  Plus tips for speeding up the process.

Cycling Part 2

How do you test the water in your aquaponics system?  How often do you need to do it?

Water Testing Part I

Now that you know what levels you system is showing with the test kit, how do you interpret those numbers?

Water Testing Part 2

Updated Q1, 2014. What is pH and why is it so important in aquaponics. Then we go into carbonate hardness, and its impact on managing pH in your system. Then we go into measuring and adjusting carbonate hardness.

pH, Water Hardness and Carbonates Part 1

Updated Q1, 2014 - How to adjust pH up and Down

pH, Water Hardness and Carbonates Part 2

How to quickly check your system for problems and what to do when you find them.


Diving Deeper...
19 Lectures 00:00

Aquaponic Gardening Rules Of Thumb
5 pages

Aquaponics Course Online
2 pages

12 Ways Aquaponics Differs From Hydroponics
3 pages

Is Aquaponics Better Than Certified Organic
2 pages

Aquaponics , Safe Food , And Public Perception
3 pages

Aquaponics Fish Stocking Density
2 pages

Aquaponic Fish Care Facts
2 pages

Addicted To Aquaponics
3 pages

Aquaponics And The Wonderful Worm
3 pages

Aquaponic Worms FAQ
2 pages

Why Add a Sump Tank?
2 pages

Commercial Aquaponics 10 Things To Consider
4 pages

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Aquaponics System Isn't Cycling
2 pages

Pollination in an Aquaponics System
2 pages

Feed The World , Protect The Planet
2 pages

Fish As An Efficient Source Of Protein
2 pages

10 Things You Should Consider When Buying an Aquaponics System
2 pages

Aquaponics And Setting Unrealistic Expectations About Vegetable Production
1 page

Top 10 Stupidest Things I've Done In Aquaponics
2 pages
Print and Use
2 Lectures 00:00
A handy sheet for tracking the pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrates in your aquaponics system
Aquaponic Gardening Data Tracking Worksheet
1 page

A checklist for keeping track of daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks
Aquaponics System Maintenance Checklist
1 page
Going Shopping
1 Lecture 00:00
Aquaponic Gardening Product Reference
3 pages
About the Instructor
Sylvia Bernstein
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Aquaponic Gardening

Since 2003 Sylvia Bernstein is has dedicated herself to connecting people and plants through indoor, soil-less gardening products. She is especially passionate about bringing the super-productive gifts of hydroponics, and now aquaponics, to mainstream families and schools across America. As part of that ongoing journey she founded, and is the President of, The Aquaponic Source and is the award-winning author of “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together”. She also runs the Aquaponic Gardening Community, North America’s largest online community site dedicated to aquaponic gardening and is a feature writer for Maximum Yield magazine.

In her recent past life Sylvia was the VP of Marketing and Product Development for AeroGrow International, the makers of the AeroGarden. She was one of the company’s original founders and was instrumental in developing the plant growth technology.

Sylvia has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Alan.