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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  • 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.

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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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COURSE DESCRIPTION

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 Tutotial 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 links that will prove useful as you embark on your aquaponic journey are...

·  The Aquaponic Source - our company site

·  The Aquaponic Store - the 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 - the site for the Aquaponic Gardening book

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

Please feel free to comment and ask questions as you take each lesson.  I will try to answer all questions within 48 hours.  Also I will be scheduling live chats the second and fourth Thursday of every month so please mark your calender!

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

Let's get growing!

Sylvia

    • Just a desire to grow your own food
    • Over 58 lectures and 6.5 hours of content!
    • To teach new, inspired aquaponic gardeners in a way that is straightforward and unitimidating.
    • Anyone who is interested in gardening, fish, or food

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CURRICULUM

  • 1
    Learn to Grow Fish and Plants Together Using Aquaponics!
    01:25
  • SECTION 1:
    Getting Started
  • 2
    Aquaponic Gardening Course Introduction
    06:27

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

  • 3
    What Is Aquaponics and Why Should You Care?
    09:31

    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.

  • SECTION 2:
    The Plan
  • 4
    System Location And Environment
    12:35

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

  • 5
    Heating Air and Water
    10:55

    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. 

  • 6
    System Types
    09:19

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

  • 7
    Media System Designs
    08:34

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

  • SECTION 3:
    The Hardware
  • 8
    Grow Beds
    07:53

    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?

  • 9
    Fish Tanks
    09:25

    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?

  • 10
    Sump Tanks
    06:25

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

  • 11
    Ratio Summary
    07:53

    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

  • 12
    Plumbing Basics Part I
    09:41

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

  • 13
    Plumbing Basics Part 2
    13:31

    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?

  • 14
    Pump Basics
    08:12

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

  • 15
    Pump Sizing
    11:19

    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?

  • 16
    Grow Bed Plumbing - Using a Timer
    09:29

    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?

  • 17
    Bell Siphons Part I
    12:36
    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?
  • 18
    Bell Siphons Part 2
    10:53

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

  • 19
    Grow Media
    10:28

    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?  

  • 20
    Grow Lights - Part 1
    11:38

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

  • 21
    Grow Lights - Part 2
    14:51

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

  • 22
    Water and Oxygen
    09:57

    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?

  • SECTION 4:
    The Software
  • 23
    Fish
    14:59

    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?

  • 24
    Harvesting and Filleting Fish
    08:37

    Yum!

    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?

  • 25
    Plants
    11:21
    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?
  • 26
    Insects Part 1
    10:16

    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?

  • 27
    Insects Part 2
    10:28

    How to kill the little nasties!!

  • 28
    Worms
    04:59

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

  • SECTION 5:
    The Integrated System
  • 29
    Cycling Part I
    04:59

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

  • 30
    Cycling Part 2
    10:48

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

  • 31
    Water Testing Part I
    08:10

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

  • 32
    Water Testing Part 2
    06:23

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

  • 33
    pH, Water Hardness and Carbonates Part 1
    13:44

    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.

  • 34
    pH, Water Hardness and Carbonates Part 2
    06:51

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

  • 35
    Troubleshooting
    06:12

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

  • 36
    Conclusion
    01:53
  • SECTION 6:
    Diving Deeper...
  • 37
    Aquaponic Gardening Rules Of Thumb
    5 pages

  • 38
    Aquaponics Course Online
    2 pages
  • 39
    12 Ways Aquaponics Differs From Hydroponics
    3 pages
  • 40
    Is Aquaponics Better Than Certified Organic
    2 pages
  • 41
    Aquaponics , Safe Food , And Public Perception
    3 pages
  • 42
    Aquaponics Fish Stocking Density
    2 pages
  • 43
    Aquaponic Fish Care Facts
    2 pages
  • 44
    Addicted To Aquaponics
    3 pages
  • 45
    Aquaponics And The Wonderful Worm
    3 pages
  • 46
    Aquaponic Worms FAQ
    2 pages
  • 47
    Why Add a Sump Tank?
    2 pages
  • 48
    Commercial Aquaponics 10 Things To Consider
    4 pages
  • 49
    Top 10 Reasons Why Your Aquaponics System Isn't Cycling
    2 pages
  • 50
    Pollination in an Aquaponics System
    2 pages
  • 51
    Feed The World , Protect The Planet
    2 pages
  • 52
    Fish As An Efficient Source Of Protein
    2 pages
  • 53
    10 Things You Should Consider When Buying an Aquaponics System
    2 pages
  • 54
    Aquaponics And Setting Unrealistic Expectations About Vegetable Production
    1 page
  • 55
    Top 10 Stupidest Things I've Done In Aquaponics
    2 pages
  • SECTION 7:
    Print and Use
  • 56
    Aquaponic Gardening Data Tracking Worksheet
    1 page
    A handy sheet for tracking the pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrates in your aquaponics system
  • 57
    Aquaponics System Maintenance Checklist
    1 page
    A checklist for keeping track of daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks
  • SECTION 8:
    Going Shopping
  • 58
    Aquaponic Gardening Course Product Links
    2 pages

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REVIEWS

  • Kenneth Ballester

    Great Course guide from un-know topic to implementation. Thanks for prepare this course and have it to an access price. Very Likely.

  • Kent Gorrell
    Excellent Content and Production

    They event took the trouble to find a skilled camera operator. The standard of presentation is excellent and the content pretty thorough. However the Bell Siphon could be better explained by using a series of drawings to illustrate each stage of the Flood and Drain Cycle. Possibly with indications of the water levels and corresponding pressure differentials that implement the change.

  • Jeffery W Norsworthy
    Changed my perspective

    I just ordered the course and watched the first lecture fine. Then I couldn't watch any of the other lectures because the videos wouldn't load. After voicing my concerns and receiving a prompt response. I tried the course again. To my great surprise everything was working fine. Don't know if anything special was done to correct the situation, at this point the online course seems to be fully operational.

  • LarryB
    Great course for the curious

    Sylvia does a great job of explaining Aquaponics and all the pieces that make up the system. Segment lengths are just right. Perfect course if you are thinking about setting up a small greenhouse IMHO.

  • Royce Thomas

    Thank you for your "Christmas Gift". I have your book and this is a very helpful addition to it. May your New Year be a blessed one. I do recommend this for anyone interested in exploring aquaponics, especially those who have bought your book.

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