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Optimising An Aquaponics System – Part 1

Aquaponics is demonstrably a great way to produce clean fresh food. Like any good idea, however, aquaponics has attracted its fair share of opportunists and false prophets.  Simplistic guidelines and exaggerated performance claims have resulted in many system...

System Layout #5 – Raft Aquaponics

Most commercial aquaponics units are raft systems. This is largely due to the long standing influence of the UVI Aquaponics Research Center, and the success of their model. Raft systems are somewhat under represented at the backyard level – particularly in Australia...

System Layout #4 – CHOP System

The deficiencies of the aquaponics Sump Tank System were alleviated by the (re)discovery of the CHOP System. CHOP is an acronym for Constant Height/One Pump. In some parts, the CHOP system will be known by the more vulgar acronym CHIFT PIST (constant height in fish...

System Layout #3 – Sump Tank System

The Sump Tank System was popularised by Missouri farmer (and aquaponics pioneer) Tom Speraneo. It made its way to Australia in the mid 2000’s when Western Australian Joel Malcolm mirrored the Speraneo system. In its most basic configuration, the Sump Tank System...

System Layout #2 – The microFish Farm

The microFish Farm is a small recirculating aquaculture system (with a capacity of 600 to 1200 litres) characterised by a square fish tank and an overhead bio-filter. It earns its place in our list of system layouts because it has been replicated many hundreds of...