October Garden Aquaponics Course 2018

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018
– Sunday, Oct 21, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Learn how to build and nurture an aquaponic system, to grow vegetables and raise fish in your own back garden or urban indoor environment in a symbiotic and sustainable way.

We will build an outdoor system over the weekend spending almost as much time on practical demonstration as theory, with all the crucial assembling tips and hints from the industry expert.

You will get an in-depth explanation of the equipment components and functions and how to run and manage your system.

Course outline:

1. System basics & components

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

2. Water chemistry

  • Water Quality
  • System water sources

3. Plant culture

  • Seed propagation and Transplanting Seedlings
  • Crop Choices

4. 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

5. Design and construction critical consideration

  • Selecting the Right System for you Needs
  • Permits, Regulation and organic standards
  • Aquaponics Project Planning and Start Up
  • Economics of Aquaponics
  • Selection of material

6. Pest and disease control measure

  • Pest Identification, and Natural Pest Control
  • Biological Management

7. Aquaculture

  • Fish Selection
  • Fish Stocking and Harvesting technique
  • Fish Feeds, Automated Feeding device, feeding guideline.
  • 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 the theory; exploring and experiencing different growing methods with all the tips and tricks from a field expert.


With hundreds of students from 32 countries taught since 2014, we are expert educators in aquaponics, adept at teaching students from all walks of life.

We love to share our knowledge and inspire a generation of growers to become self-sufficient and to transform farming for good. But don’t take our word for it, hear what other aquaponic growers have to say..

I searched for courses online and this was the most comprehensive course I could find. Antonio really knows his stuff and ‘I’m doing the Commercial course next year to help Organic fish and veggie production in St. Lucia. Will Worthington, 2017

You have covered above and beyond, every question regarding all aspects of the broad range of aquaponics projects, including my own. Pete, Grow Bristol, 2014

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, 2014

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! Mike

Antonio’s confidence and competence are infectious and all my doubts about getting started with aquaponics have evaporated. I can’t wait to set up our own system. 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.Ivik Butalia

Dive into our world and discover the benefits of aquaponics for yourself.


Registration information

  • 19-20 May
  • 23-24 June
  • 14-15 July
  • 22-23 September
  • 20-21 October
  • 17-18 November

Includes:

  • Workbook.
  • A list of parts for building the system and suggested suppliers.
  • Lunch made with mostly ingredients from our farm.
  • Snacks and refreshments on both days.
  • Garden Aquaponics certificate.

Sharing’s caring: bring a family member and receive 10% off your combined course fee! When you register for 2 places the discount will be shown in the checkout page.

Class size is limited and places fill up fast, register early to guarantee your space.

Event Location

Bioaqua Farm, Poolbridge Rd
Wedmore/Somerset, Somerset, BS28 4PA

Event Fees

Single student ticket
£ 295.00