Comprehensive course

Comprehensive course


2 day Comprehensive Aquaponics course


Grow veg and fish in your back garden or farm in a symbiotic Aquaponics system, no weeding or watering!
Learn how to build and manage successfully your own aquaponic system.
Come to the biggest aquaponic trout farm in EU specialised in gourmet fish production  

2017 Course Dates

25-26 February

18-19 March

29-30 April

20-21 May

         15-16 July -Full

9-10 September – 3 spaces left

21- 22 October – Full

18- 19 November

2018 Winter Dates 

17- 18 February

17- 18 March


Comprehensive Aquaponics course outline:  

1.     Introduction to Aquaponics

  • Aquaponics Around the World
  • Applications of Aquaponics: Home Food Production, Commercial, Social

2.     System basics & components

  • AP system: Components identification and purpose
  • Hydro-culture Methods: Floating Raft(D.W.C), NFT, Media-filled Systems
  • Tanks
  • Aeration
  • Water pumps
  • AP system: Methods and Applications
  • Aquaponic System Management and Maintenance
  • Outbuilding Shelters and Covers
  • Greenhouses and Environmental Control
  • Daily & Monthly Operation
  • Tour of Greenhouse & Fish production unit.

3.     Nutrient Balance & Growth

  • Type of Grow Media
  • Nutrient Availability for Plants and Nitrification
  • Nutrients Sources for the System
  • Nitrification cycle and Nutrient Availability for Plants

4.    Water chemistry

  • Water Quality
  • Water Dynamics


5.     Plant culture

  • Seed propagation and Transplanting Seedlings
  • Crop Choices

6.    Design and construction

  • Selecting the Right System for you Needs
  • Permits and Regulation
  • Aquaponics Project Planning and Start Up
  • Economics of Aquaponics
  • Custom System Designs
  • Selection of material
  • System sizing (fish stock density Vs Plant density)

7.     Solutions

  • Biological Management
  • Pest Identification, and Natural Pest Control

8.    Aquaculture

  • Fish Selection
  • Fish Feeds and  Automated Feeding device
  • Fish Stocking and Harvesting
  • Sample Fish Weights and Fish Feed Calculations
  • Fish handling and sanitation
  • Fish Purging and Slaughter methods

In addition to our classroom, students will understand how to build a system over the 2 days spending almost as much time on practical as theory, thus exploring and experiencing different growing methods with all the tips and hints from the field expert.


Antonio Paladino is co-founder of Bioaqua:farm and educator of Aquaponics. He has successfully designed, implemented and run numerous systems using various techniques over the last five years. With a wealth of knowledge gained from horticulture courses and in-depth studying in the field of bio-symbiosis, aquaculture and teacher training courses has lead to Antonio’s expert approach to integrated farming and dream of sharing this knowledge to create a positive difference for the future of farming.  Antonio is a visionary in the world of integrated symbiotic farming filled with passion and drive that will get you hooked on aquaponics too!

More about Antonio here 

We provide lunch with ingredients from our farm and refreshments on both days, you will receive a workbook written by Antonio and a completion certificate.

for banner IMG_0727 What the students are saying….

99% of our students recommend our course as excellent!


“We attended the course with Antonio at BioAqua Farm. It was absolutely fantastic! We walked away with a really good understanding of aquaponics and how to set up our own system. A great balance of theory and practical. A nice small group of students made it an easy environment to learn. Oh, and don’t expect boring sandwiches for lunch – the food was amazing!” Josh & Abi
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‘Just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic , informative, thoroughly enjoyable weekend course. Learnt a lot and  am now in the process of building a small backyard system with a renewed enthusiasm for a big system next year, for which I will undoubtedly be requiring your 1 to 1 consultancy!  Best wishes Mike

‘The course was excellent. There was nothing we couldn’t ask about. The information was excellent and delivered with infectious passion. I’m sure we will have to come back for more!  Thank you.’

‘Antonio’s confidence and competence are infectious and all my doubts about getting started with aquaponics have evaporated. I cant wait to set up our own system.’

‘Very, very good and can’t wait to get started.’

I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is thinking of becoming more self sufficient, the practical demo system we set up step by step makes my long term goals seem very achievable . Keep up the awesome work and look forward to the advanced course, Sincerely Ivik Butalia

Aquaponics course- 2 day Comprehensive 2017

Saturday 9.00am- 5.00pm

Sunday 9.00am- 4.oopm


10% off if you bring a family member  ( £531 for 2 family members, no other offer applies)

 We provide lunch with ingredients from our farm, snacks and refreshments on both days, you will receive a workbook by Antonio and a completion certificate.

Class size is limited so best to register early to ensure your space.


To sign up click here and send us an email

we will send you an application form to complete and return to us by email
For further details please email or call us. 01934710342   


 Cancellation Policy

  Up to 30 days prior to the first day of the course a full refund or transfer course date

  30 days to 2 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop – 50% refund

  Less than two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop – no refund, although you can transfer your space to family/friend

(Discretion is taken for special circumstances, eg. health related with Dr certificate.)

for our location click here Postcode BS28 4PA, closest train station Burnham & Highbridge

For nearby accommodation we suggest-

Hide on the Hill B&B (great views and breakfast) 

Nut Tree Farm B&B (healthy breakfast options)  click here

Poplar Farm B&B and log cabins    click here 

For more options click here