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Everything old is new again….the Tray System

In the process of relocating to our new home on Macleay Island, I came across some of our old aquaponics growing systems. This one is called the tray system. The tray system has been in use for decades. It was popularised by Australian Hydroponics pioneer Joe Romer in...

The “Ultimate” Growing System #2

The “Ultimate” growing system is a significant shift from the traditional media grow bed commonly used in backyard aquaponics systems. The basic flood and drain media grow bed is limited in terms of the plants that it can support and (subject to the media...

The “Ultimate” Growing System #1

The most popular plant growing system (among backyard aquaponicists) is the media grow bed. I have to say, however, that my relationship with media grow beds has been a bittersweet one. Coupled with dedicated mechanical and biological filtration, they’ve made...

Wicking Beds

Wicking beds  are the brainchild of Queenslander Colin Austin.  Austin claims that “the wicking worm bed is a highly productive growing system which not only produces food from limited water, but also recycles waste organic material to provide plant nutrient and...