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Workshop Modules Overview

A man in plaid shirt and hat looking at plants.This workshop will introduce you to the start-up and operations of an Aquaponics system. The term aquaponics is often attributed to the various works of the New Alchemy Institute and the works of Dr. Mark McMurtry at the North Carolina State University. In the mid 1980’s, Mark McMurtry and Professor Doug Sanders created the first known closed loop aquaponic system. In this system effluent from fish tanks was used to trickle-irrigate tomatoes and cucumbers in sand grow-beds which also functioned as bio-filters. As the water drained from the sand grow-beds it was recirculated back into the fish tanks. McMurtry’s research and findings confirmed much of the background science that underpins Aquaponics.

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Module Information


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After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe what aquaponics is 2. Describe the history of aquaponics 3. Explain the benefits of utilizing an aquaponics system 4. Explain the nutritional and environmental benefits of aquaponics systems 5. Differentiate between the requirements of backyard and commercial aquaponics operations 6. Identify markets for aquaponics products.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the varying types of aquaponics systems 2. Identify the introductory steps to designing your own aquaponics system 3. Identify the plumbing-skill requirements to building your own aquaponics system 4. Determine how to best approach and work with your muncipality.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy, physiology, life cycle, sustaining requirements, and aquaponics’ considerations for fish 2. Describe the basic anatomy, functions, life cycle, sustaining requirements, and aquaponics’ considerations for plants 3. Explain the purpose and ideal conditions for bacteria, biofilm, and nitrogen cycling in an aquaponics system 4. Identify key components of aquaponics system balance.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the key parameters of water quality in an aquaponics system 2. Explain the required levels of each parameter for system health 3. Describe how to measure and/or account for the levels of each parameter 4. Identify observable indications that water quality is not suitable for system health.


After completing this module, you will able to:

  1. List the most common fish used in aquaponics systems 2. Describe how to maintain healthy fish in your system 3. Identify fish behaviour that indicates potential issues 4. Explain how to prevent and treat fish disease.


After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. List the different types of plants that are well-suited to aquaponic systems 2. Describe how to start seedlings, transplant growing plants, and harvest crops 3. Explain common deficiencies in minerals and aquaponic growing conditions 4. Identify how to deal with pest and diseases in plants in an aquaponics system.


None. Register by email to [email protected]. Materials for pre-reading will be emailed.

Workshop Notes

This workshop is not a certification course and does not require any previous knowledge of Aquaponics, fish handling/maintenance, plant maintenance, or construction/building. The workshop does use some technical language in the description of system concepts; it is recommended that you have a sound written and and spoken English language capacity.

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10850 Lodge Road, Lake Country, BC V4V 1W4


March 15/2021 Tentative start date [5 days] Limited seating due Covid 19 Please contact us for further details.


Skill Level

(see workshop notes above)


 $1495 per person + tax




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Introduction to Aquaponics – Workshop ( Zoom meeting optional) contact us for details. December 4, 2018