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Aquabundance Modular Systems2020-09-09T11:35:08-06:00

You Can Grow Your Own Way 

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Growing food for your family is the best way to ensure you are eating the freshest and healthiest food possible. Taking control of your food production creates greater food security and self-reliance. Aquaponics is one of the most efficient and productive ways to grow nutritious food year round.

Aquabundance™ Modular Aquaponic Systems are designed to best fit your growing needs, your space and budget. Our systems are attractive, highly productive and easy to assemble. Our experienced team of growers and designers is extremely proud to offer this best-in-class food production system. Your Aquabundance Modular System will produce a tremendous amount of food for your family, school or community for years to come.

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is raising fish and plants in a recirculating ecosystem. The fish fertilizer provides nutrients for the plants. Bacteria and plants help to clean the water for the fish.

Why is it Important?

  • Aquaponics can grow a tremendous amount of food with significantly less water than soil based agriculture

  • Healthy nutritious food can be grown year round in your home or greenhouse.  

  • Growing your own food increases your own food security and self reliance

  • Aquaponics can eliminate food transportation miles and reduce the carbon footprint

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Aquabundance™ Modular Aquaponic Systems

Nutrient Rich Water For Your Plants, Clean Filtered Water For Your Fish

The fish tank, solids filtration and plant growing beds are integrated into a balanced eco-system providing excellent water quality for the fish, plants and beneficial bacteria. Water is continuously recirculated which allows the system to grow tremendous amounts of food with a fraction of the water. Nutrient-rich water flows from the 200-gallon fish tank to the Spiral Flow Filter. The filter collects the heaviest solid fish waste at the bottom of the cone for easy discharge into a 5-gallon bucket. The clarified water then flows through the scrub filter for additional solids capture and biological filtration before dropping into the sump tank below. A submersible pump at the bottom of the sump tank pumps water back to the fish tank and all of grow beds simultaneously. Each grow bed and the fish tank has its own independent flow control. A central air pump provides dissolved oxygen delivery to the fish, plants and bacteria.

A diagram of an AquaBundance with 2 media beds and 2 deep water culture beds.

Designed To Best Fit Your Food Growing Needs, Space and Budget

  • Our Modular Framing System allows 3 to 8 beds in a straight or L-shaped layout 
  • Optional light and trellising racks are available for all systems
  • Several DWC and Media bed combinations are available
  • All frames are powder coated black for a beautiful rust proof finish
  • The frame assembles with a hex key wrench provided with your system
  • Systems can easily expand when connected to any Growasis Modular Raft System

Thoughtfully engineered for easy setup, comfortable gardening and a life time of abundant food production!

No plumbing experience, cutting or gluing is required. The system easily plumbs together with Quik-loc, Uniseal and Fernco fittings.

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Nutrient Rich Water For Your Plants, Clean Filtered Water For Your Fish

The fish tank, solids filtration and plant growing beds are integrated into a balanced eco-system providing excellent water quality for the fish, plants and beneficial bacteria. Water is continuously recirculated which allows the system to grow tremendous amounts of food with a fraction of the water. Nutrient-rich water flows from the 200-gallon fish tank to the Spiral Flow Filter. The filter collects the heaviest solid fish waste at the bottom of the cone for easy discharge into a 5-gallon bucket. The clarified water then flows through the scrub filter for additional solids capture and biological filtration before dropping into the sump tank below. A submersible pump at the bottom of the sump tank pumps water back to the fish tank and all of grow beds simultaneously. Each grow bed and the fish tank has its own independent flow control. A central air pump provides dissolved oxygen delivery to the fish, plants and bacteria.

A diagram of an AquaBundance with 2 media beds and 2 deep water culture beds.

Designed To Best Fit Your Food Growing Needs, Space and Budget

  • Our Modular Framing System allows 3 to 8 beds in a straight or L-shaped layout 
  • Optional light and trellising racks are available for all systems
  • Several DWC and Media bed combinations are available
  • All frames are powder coated black for a beautiful rust proof finish
  • The frame assembles with a hex key wrench provided with your system
  • Systems can easily expand when connected to any Growasis Modular Raft System

Thoughtfully engineered for easy setup, comfortable gardening and a life time of abundant food production!

No plumbing experience, cutting or gluing is required. The system easily plumbs together with Quik-loc, Uniseal and Fernco fittings.

Shop AquaBundance Home Systems

Healthy Food For A Lifetime

checking tomatoes in aquaponics

Media Beds – Great for Fruiting and Vining Crops

The media beds are filled with LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggregate) which is an excellent soil-less medium for all types of growing. The expanded clay media is 12″ deep in each grow bed and super easy to plant in. The expanded clay pebbles provide a stable medium for the roots to grow and absorb water and nutrients.  Media beds are particularly great for growing a wide variety of fruiting and vining crops such as:

Tomatoes – Peppers – Eggplant – Pole Beans – Squash

Cucumbers – Nasturtiums – Strawberries – Dwarf Fruit Trees

Deep Water Culture Beds – Great for Lettuces, Leafy Greens and Herbs

Nutrient rich water constantly recirculates through the DWC beds. Raft boards are supported by the edge of the grow bed and sit just above the water line providing air to the plant roots. Each DWC bed has 32 planting spaces in the rafts. These beds are great for high density production of many types of lettuces, herbs and  greens such as:

Lettuce varieties: Romaine – Bibb – Salanova – Butterhead – Baby Greens
Herbs: Basil – Parsley – Mint – Thyme – Rosemary – Cilantro
Cooking Greens: Collards – Mustard – Kale – Chard – Bok Choy

Edible or Ornamental Fish

Fish tanks are 200 gallons and can include an optional window kit for viewing of the fish. Filtered water for the fish continuously flows through the tank at a rate of 1 to 1.5 full exchanges per hour. A modest stocking density of .3 lbs of fish per gallon of water is typically recommended (equal to a 1.5 lb fish per 5 gallons). Stocking density can vary by species. A standard 200 gallon tank can therefore hold about 60 lbs of fish at the recommended stocking density. Tanks can be upgraded to 300 gallons for even more fish production. Several different species of fish can be raised such as:

Tilapia – Hybrid Striped Bass – Catfish – Trout – Koi

Features and Options

Comfort and Gardening Together at Last


Ergonomic Gardening – The words comfort and gardening don’t usually go together. Think about all the time spent on your knees, weeding and tilling in the soil. Our Aquabundance™ Modular Framing System puts your plants at a perfect height for a lifetime of convenient, pain free gardening. Oh yeah… there’s no weeding either.

Simple Setup –  The modular framing system easily connects together with the supplied hex key or eyebolts. No cutting or special tools are required. Materials are pre-cut in our shop to match the number of grow beds you choose when you order.

Beautiful Finish – The entire frame is powder coated in a rust proof black satin finish. Custom paneling to cover the grow bed sides can be made in a variety of wood finishes, whiteboard or chalkboard panels which are great for schools.

The Light Frame – An optional light frame can be included with your system which easily connects into the main grow bed frame. The light frame has a center bar that supports light movers that allow the lighting system to move up and down the grow beds for maximum coverage. The light frame also serves as an excellent way to trellis up your vining crops!

Optimal Water for Healthy Fish and Plants


The Problem – Many do-it yourself systems do not have adequate filtration systems and some don’t have any at all. It’s common to see systems where the fish solids are simply pumped directly into the plant beds. This may work for a short period of time but eventually the media will become clogged with fish waste causing the beds to turn anaerobic.

The Solution – Our two stage Spiral Flow Filtration System is designed to provide optimal water quality and clarity for your fish and plants. The first stage captures the heaviest “settleable” solids along with any uneaten feed in the cone bottom tank. A bottom center drain allows you to periodically remove these solids into a bucket. The solids can then be composted or added into a mineralization tank to create a nutrient dense solution that can be added back into your system or used for your soil garden, lawn or house plants.

Clarified water (water that has the largest particulate matter removed) passes through the Spiral Flow Filter and then drains through a series of Matala filtration mats specifically designed for fish systems. The filter mats capture the lighter weight suspended solids and provide surface area for bacteria to further break down solids into inorganic nutrients that can be absorbed by the plants. Once the water passes through the filter mats it drains into the central sump where it is simultaneously pumped to the plants and back to the fish.

Self Cleaning Filtration is Here!


If you want the latest in fully automated filtration systems you’re in the right place. The AST Endurance 2000 is a patented self cleaning filtration system that provides excellent water quality with no maintenance. Your Aquabundance system can be upgraded to include an AST Endurance filter rather than the standard Spiral Flow Filter. You can select the Endurance Filter Option on the Aquabundance Product Page.

  • Automatic pneumatic backwash enabling the filter to operate for extended periods of time without intervention, saving time and labor
  • Large sludge storage chamber that concentrates the sludge minimizing servicing needs
  • Superior solids removal and biofiltration in one filter, delivering crystal clear water
  • Low profile design allows for “airlift” water pumping, minimizing energy costs
  • Elegant, simple design with no moving internal parts and no replacement media ever required, guaranteeing trouble free operation
  • Units arrive pre-filled with bead media which never needs replacement

Full Spectrum LED Lighting for Optimal Growth


One of the great benefits of aquaponic gardening is the ability to grow year round. If you are growing in your basement, a classroom or even in a greenhouse you will likely need artificial lights for optimal plant growth.

One of our most popular lights is the ARC 600 watt full spectrum LED. The ARC 600 can be easily connected to a light mover that mounts to the Aquabundance Light Frame. The light mover slowly carries the light back and forth across the plant canopy for greater coverage. This combination allows you the most efficient lighting system possible, minimizing the number of light fixtures you have to purchase and reducing the cost of operation.

  • Efficient LEDs deliver more light using less power. Lower your energy costs or grow more with existing power
  • Environmentally sealed fans, optics & drivers make the ARC ideal for both indoor and greenhouse environments.
  • Designed with industry leading components, the ARC is rated for 50,000 hours of continuous use
  • The ARC uses 4 active cooling fans, keeping fixtures cool to the touch and the LEDs operating at ideal temperatures

Ceramic Metal Halide and T5 Flourescent lighting options are also available.

Ready for More Food?  Add a Growasis


How it works – Aquabundance systems can easily connect with our Growasis Modular DWC Systems to increase and diversify your food production. The Aquabundance sump tank links together with the Growasis sump tank creating a larger single sump. A gate valve between the sumps allows them to be paired or disconnected. The Aquabundance pump continues to provide water flow to the Aquabundance grow beds and fish tank. The Growasis system, using its own dedicated pump, supplies water to the plants in the Growasis system. The two sumps can be disconnected allowing the Growasis to operate independently.

Elevated Growasis Systems work particularly well when connected to an Aquabundance system so all of your plant growing beds are at the same comfortable working height. Many combinations and layouts of Aquabundance and Growasis systems are available. Please Contact our Sales and Design Team to determine the best configuration for your space and growing needs.

Seeing is Believing


Fish Tanks – Our Aquabundance fish tanks come in 200 or 300 gallon volumes ideally suited for raising edible or ornamental fish. Tanks are 33″ in height so they can easily fit through a standard door way. Tanks come in a forest green color and are pre-drilled to accept the supply and return plumbing that connects to the rest of your system.

Optional Window Kits – Seeing your fish is one of the most enjoyable aspects of aquaponics. Most fish are very social and will come to the window to see you especially because they know you are the person who feeds them! Windows are also a great way to observe the health of your fish and your water clarity. Our window kits come with all of the necessary stainless steel mounting hardware, a pre-drilled acrylic window and a water tight foam gasket. Watch the Installation Video on the Window Kit Product Page. Windows are not pre-installed on tanks to prevent damage during shipping.

Automatic Source Water Filtration


Source Water Filtration – Most aquaponic systems are connected to a municipal water supply and most water supplies contain chlorine or chloramine as a disinfectant. For this reason we recommend adding a dual stage sediment and KDF filter. KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) is a high-purity copper-zinc formulation that uses a basic chemical process known as redox (oxidation/reduction) to remove chlorine, chloramine, lead, mercury, iron, and hydrogen sulfide from water supplies. This filter media is also bacteriostatic which prevents microbes from breeding.

Auto Top-Off – While aquaponic systems are great at conserving water, you will still lose water naturally to evaporation and transpiration (the process of water movement through a plant). Keeping your system topped off can be one of those things that’s easy to forget until it’s too late and hauling buckets of water around isn’t much fun.

The auto top off filtration system combines the KDF filter with a float valve that is mounted in a pre-drilled hole in the sump tank.  Once the filter is connected to your water supply you can connect it to the float valve using simple push connect fittings that come with the filter. The float valve will allow filtered water to flow into the sump when the water level is low and will stop flow once your system is filled to the optimum level.

No Cutting, Gluing or Special Tools Required


Installation is a fun and fast. We have pre-cut and pre-assembled the frame and plumbing components so you don’t have to.

Framing systems come together with the supplied hex key wrench. The grow tubs drop right into the frames.

All plumbing connections are Quik-loc, uniseal or fernco connections so connecting the tanks and pumps is made as simple as possible.

All systems come with an illustrated assembly manual.

Startup cycling kits and instructions come with every system so you can get growing right away.

Getting off to a Good Start


Aquabundance Systems come with the supplies (listed below) that you will need to startup and maintain a healthy eco-system. We carry a wide range of additional products for water quality monitoring, pest management, nutrient balancing, and plant and fish health. Visit our online Shop to see all of our supplies.

  • API Master Test Kit – Test Kit includes pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate Tests
  • AquaCycle – Startup Cycling Kit with instructions to establish your bacterial colony
  • AquaUp and AquaDown ph Adjusters
  • AquaIron 10% DTPA chelated Iron
  • Large and small fish net
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Aquaponic Gardening Online Course Code
  • System Assembly Instructions

Your Success is Our Success


There is nothing more important to us than making sure you are happy with your Aquabundance system. While we’ve done our best to make the systems as user friendly as possible, Aquaponic gardening still takes time, practice and patience. Everyone’s results will be different with their system. Our goal is to make sure you have the resources and support you need to have a healthy vibrant aquaponic garden.

Customers who have purchased our systems are our number one priority. Call or email us anytime during business hours. We want to hear from you and we will help you however we can.

We also encourage you to browse and find answers to common questions in our large library of FAQs

Please also utilize our free Aquaponic Gardening Community Forum to talk with other aquaponic gardeners.

Comfort and Gardening Together at Last


Ergonomic Gardening – The words comfort and gardening don’t usually go together. Think about all the time spent on your knees, weeding and tilling in the soil. Our Aquabundance™ Modular Framing System puts your plants at a perfect height for a lifetime of convenient, pain free gardening. Oh yeah… there’s no weeding either.

Simple Setup –  The modular framing system easily connects together with the supplied hex key or eyebolts. No cutting or special tools are required. Materials are pre-cut in our shop to match the number of grow beds you choose when you order.

Beautiful Finish – The entire frame is powder coated in a rust proof black satin finish. Custom paneling to cover the grow bed sides can be made in a variety of wood finishes, whiteboard or chalkboard panels which are great for schools.

The Light Frame – An optional light frame can be included with your system which easily connects into the main grow bed frame. The light frame has a center bar that supports light movers that allow the lighting system to move up and down the grow beds for maximum coverage. The light frame also serves as an excellent way to trellis up your vining crops!

Optimal Water for Healthy Fish and Plants


The Problem – Many do-it yourself systems do not have adequate filtration systems and some don’t have any at all. It’s common to see systems where the fish solids are simply pumped directly into the plant beds. This may work for a short period of time but eventually the media will become clogged with fish waste causing the beds to turn anaerobic.

The Solution – Our two stage Spiral Flow Filtration System is designed to provide optimal water quality and clarity for your fish and plants. The first stage captures the heaviest “settleable” solids along with any uneaten feed in the cone bottom tank. A bottom center drain allows you to periodically remove these solids into a bucket. The solids can then be composted or added into a mineralization tank to create a nutrient dense solution that can be added back into your system or used for your soil garden, lawn or house plants.

Clarified water (water that has the largest particulate matter removed) passes through the Spiral Flow Filter and then drains through a series of Matala filtration mats specifically designed for fish systems. The filter mats capture the lighter weight suspended solids and provide surface area for bacteria to further break down solids into inorganic nutrients that can be absorbed by the plants. Once the water passes through the filter mats it drains into the central sump where it is simultaneously pumped to the plants and back to the fish.

Self Cleaning Filtration is Here!


If you want the latest in fully automated filtration systems you’re in the right place. The AST Endurance 2000 is a patented self cleaning filtration system that provides excellent water quality with no maintenance. Your Aquabundance system can be upgraded to include an AST Endurance filter rather than the standard Spiral Flow Filter. You can select the Endurance Filter Option on the Aquabundance Product Page.

  • Automatic pneumatic backwash enabling the filter to operate for extended periods of time without intervention, saving time and labor
  • Large sludge storage chamber that concentrates the sludge minimizing servicing needs
  • Superior solids removal and biofiltration in one filter, delivering crystal clear water
  • Low profile design allows for “airlift” water pumping, minimizing energy costs
  • Elegant, simple design with no moving internal parts and no replacement media ever required, guaranteeing trouble free operation
  • Units arrive pre-filled with bead media which never needs replacement

Full Spectrum LED Lighting for Optimal Growth


One of the great benefits of aquaponic gardening is the ability to grow year round. If you are growing in your basement, a classroom or even in a greenhouse you will likely need artificial lights for optimal plant growth.

One of our most popular lights is the ARC 600 watt full spectrum LED. The ARC 600 can be easily connected to a light mover that mounts to the Aquabundance Light Frame. The light mover slowly carries the light back and forth across the plant canopy for greater coverage. This combination allows you the most efficient lighting system possible, minimizing the number of light fixtures you have to purchase and reducing the cost of operation.

  • Efficient LEDs deliver more light using less power. Lower your energy costs or grow more with existing power
  • Environmentally sealed fans, optics & drivers make the ARC ideal for both indoor and greenhouse environments.
  • Designed with industry leading components, the ARC is rated for 50,000 hours of continuous use
  • The ARC uses 4 active cooling fans, keeping fixtures cool to the touch and the LEDs operating at ideal temperatures

Ceramic Metal Halide and T5 Flourescent lighting options are also available.

Ready for More Food?  Add a Growasis


How it works – Aquabundance systems can easily connect with our Growasis Modular DWC Systems to increase and diversify your food production. The Aquabundance sump tank links together with the Growasis sump tank creating a larger single sump. A gate valve between the sumps allows them to be paired or disconnected. The Aquabundance pump continues to provide water flow to the Aquabundance grow beds and fish tank. The Growasis system, using its own dedicated pump, supplies water to the plants in the Growasis system. The two sumps can be disconnected allowing the Growasis to operate independently.

Elevated Growasis Systems work particularly well when connected to an Aquabundance system so all of your plant growing beds are at the same comfortable working height. Many combinations and layouts of Aquabundance and Growasis systems are available. Please Contact our Sales and Design Team to determine the best configuration for your space and growing needs.

Seeing is Believing


Fish Tanks – Our Aquabundance fish tanks come in 200 or 300 gallon volumes ideally suited for raising edible or ornamental fish. Tanks are 33″ in height so they can easily fit through a standard door way. Tanks come in a forest green color and are pre-drilled to accept the supply and return plumbing that connects to the rest of your system.

Optional Window Kits – Seeing your fish is one of the most enjoyable aspects of aquaponics. Most fish are very social and will come to the window to see you especially because they know you are the person who feeds them! Windows are also a great way to observe the health of your fish and your water clarity. Our window kits come with all of the necessary stainless steel mounting hardware, a pre-drilled acrylic window and a water tight foam gasket. Watch the Installation Video on the Window Kit Product Page. Windows are not pre-installed on tanks to prevent damage during shipping.

Automatic Source Water Filtration


Source Water Filtration – Most aquaponic systems are connected to a municipal water supply and most water supplies contain chlorine or chloramine as a disinfectant. For this reason we recommend adding a dual stage sediment and KDF filter. KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) is a high-purity copper-zinc formulation that uses a basic chemical process known as redox (oxidation/reduction) to remove chlorine, chloramine, lead, mercury, iron, and hydrogen sulfide from water supplies. This filter media is also bacteriostatic which prevents microbes from breeding.

Auto Top-Off – While aquaponic systems are great at conserving water, you will still lose water naturally to evaporation and transpiration (the process of water movement through a plant). Keeping your system topped off can be one of those things that’s easy to forget until it’s too late and hauling buckets of water around isn’t much fun.

The auto top off filtration system combines the KDF filter with a float valve that is mounted in a pre-drilled hole in the sump tank.  Once the filter is connected to your water supply you can connect it to the float valve using simple push connect fittings that come with the filter. The float valve will allow filtered water to flow into the sump when the water level is low and will stop flow once your system is filled to the optimum level.

No Cutting, Gluing or Special Tools Required


Installation is a fun and fast. We have pre-cut and pre-assembled the frame and plumbing components so you don’t have to.

Framing systems come together with the supplied hex key wrench. The grow tubs drop right into the frames.

All plumbing connections are Quik-loc, uniseal or fernco connections so connecting the tanks and pumps is made as simple as possible.

All systems come with an illustrated assembly manual.

Startup cycling kits and instructions come with every system so you can get growing right away.

Getting off to a Good Start


Aquabundance Systems come with the supplies (listed below) that you will need to startup and maintain a healthy eco-system. We carry a wide range of additional products for water quality monitoring, pest management, nutrient balancing, and plant and fish health. Visit our online Shop to see all of our supplies.

  • API Master Test Kit – Test Kit includes pH, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate Tests
  • AquaCycle – Startup Cycling Kit with instructions to establish your bacterial colony
  • AquaUp and AquaDown ph Adjusters
  • AquaIron 10% DTPA chelated Iron
  • Large and small fish net
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Aquaponic Gardening Online Course Code
  • System Assembly Instructions

Your Success is Our Success


There is nothing more important to us than making sure you are happy with your Aquabundance system. While we’ve done our best to make the systems as user friendly as possible, Aquaponic gardening still takes time, practice and patience. Everyone’s results will be different with their system. Our goal is to make sure you have the resources and support you need to have a healthy vibrant aquaponic garden.

Customers who have purchased our systems are our number one priority. Call or email us anytime during business hours. We want to hear from you and we will help you however we can.

We also encourage you to browse and find answers to common questions in our large library of FAQs

Please also utilize our free Aquaponic Gardening Community Forum to talk with other aquaponic gardeners.

Aquabundance™ Modular System  FAQ’s

Where should I Install the System?2020-03-27T15:45:01-06:00

Aquabundance systems can be installed in many places however some are better suited than others. Please read our Getting Started Checklist for a more detailed overview of space requirements. Here are a few key considerations:

A solid, level and cleanable surface is ideal to support the weight of the system and to be able to clean the floor should it get water on it. Installing on carpet is not a good idea. The floor should be level.

If installing inside your house, you want to make sure there is adequate space to walk around all of the tanks and grow beds. Good air ventilation and circulation is important for plant health. Most basements and houses don’t have good outside air exchange which can create for high humidity and potentially moldy conditions.

You will want to have access to water and power.

Greenhouses can be great so you can have good air exchange and natural sunlight.

Aquaponic systems are extremely heavy when filled with water so don’t install these systems on floors or surfaces that are unable to support the weight. In some cases you may need a structural engineer to verify if your floor is capable of supporting the system.

Can your team install my system?2020-03-27T15:45:45-06:00

Yes we can. If you would like us to install your Aquabundance system, please contact one of our sales and design team specialists. They will discuss your project and location to determine and installation plan. Travel and lodging fees will apply including the day rate for labor.

How much is shipping?2020-03-27T15:48:14-06:00

Shipping Aquabundance Modular systems requires freight delivery on one or more pallets from our Colorado facility to your location. A flat rate shipping fee has been determined for each size system based upon average freight shipping rates for systems in the domestic US. Once you choose the size of your system and options, a flat rate fee will be added on the checkout page. Custom Aquabundance systems that require additional components such as Growasis Modular Raft Systems will need to have freight quoted separately to your destination.

Lift Gates – If you do not have a loading dock or fork lift to unload the truck, you will need to select the lift gate option when you place your order. This allows the delivery truck to safely unload your pallet from the truck to the ground.

 

Can I use well water in the system?2020-03-27T16:00:15-06:00

We strongly recommend having your source water tested by a local and reputable lab for heavy metals, contaminants, pathogens and other factors that could require either pre-treatment of the water or use if a different water source prior to introduction into your Aquabundance system. A good resource for learning more about well and ground water testing is Wellowner.org

Can I run the system without fish?2020-03-27T16:09:00-06:00

You can run the system hydroponically with a good full spectrum organic hydroponic nutrient solution such as Espartan. However, this is a more expensive way to run the system in the long haul as opposed to feeding fish who provide nutrients naturally and consistently. Fish feed is less expensive and nutrient delivery is more stable and consistent with fish than it is with periodic dosing of hydro nutrients. That said, you may find running the system initially with a low dose of organic hydroponic nutrients can help get your plants up and thriving until you are able to get your fish delivered. We do not recommend using conventional hydroponic nutrients in an aquaponic system because they may not be safe for fish. We have successfully used Espartan in certain instances in our aquaponic system without fish. Once you are ready to add fish, be sure to not add any more Espartan and test the ammonia and nitrite levels in the water to make sure they are at safe levels.

Where do I get Fish and Plants?2020-03-27T16:15:57-06:00

Fish – We recommend reaching out to your local fish farmers to see if they can provide you with the species you are looking for. We find it’s best to support your local fish farmer who can usually help deliver your fish and understands their specific needs. There are also suppliers who ship fingerlings around the country that can be found online. Shipping fish is risky business which is why we don’t do it anymore.

Plants – If you are purchasing seeds, we recommend Johnny’s Seeds. We have been successfully using their products since 2009 and they are a family owned business with a tremendous amount of resources on their website. We also recommend supporting your local nursery or garden center if you are looking for seeds or starts. Remember that if you purchase plants in soil, you should rinse off all of the soil before transplanting into your aquaponic system.

Can I Install the Aquabundance system myself?2020-03-20T09:11:30-06:00

Yes!  Our systems have been designed so people can install them without special tools, extra hardware or plumbing experience. All of the plumbing connections are Quik-loc, Uniseal or Fernco connections that don’t require any cutting, priming or gluing. The frame is assembled using the supplied hex-key wrench. We provide highly visual assembly manuals for the frame and plumbing systems. As always, we are here to support you the entire way and will be happy to assist if you have any questions during the installation.

 

How much food will the Aquabundance system grow?2020-04-03T08:04:34-06:00

Answering this question is like predicting the weather 3 months from now. Everyone’s growing results will be different because everyone’s environment is different. There are a variety of factors that will influence plant production in an aquaponic system such as but not limited to: Temperature, humidity, water quality, pH, nutrients, pest management, fish feeding, plant species, available light for plant photosynthesis etc. Most importantly, your ability to properly manage the system and environment and care for the fish, plants and bacteria will ultimately dictate your success. Managing a successful aquaponic garden does require that you learn about the fundamentals of plant and fish health as well as how to manage and adjust various water quality parameters to optimize the system. This is why taking an Aquaponic Class or purchasing the Aquaponic Gardening Book is a really good idea. Many of the most successful growers continue to stay active in our Aquaponic Gardening Forum to talk to other growers and learn about best practices, tips and tricks. The more knowledge you bring to your garden the more you will get out of it.

All of that said, here are a few tables that may be helpful for planning purposes. Please note that these tables assume that a single species of crop such as lettuce or tomatoes are planted per bed. The reality is most of our growers plant a wide variety of crops in each bed to diversify their food production. You will have to experiment with different species to determine plant yields and crop spacing in your system.

Table 1: Theoretical lettuce and basil production estimates

For the DWC beds, there are 32 planting spaces in each bed. Lettuce production estimates are based upon 32 planting spaces per bed with an average transplant to harvest time of 5 weeks (culture time). This table assumes that you are just growing lettuce and consistently rotating transplants from your nursery into the DWC bed as you harvest heads out of the bed. This weekly transplanting method allows you to achieve a very consistent harvest and yield which is what our larger scale farmers do to maximize production. To calculate heads per week, divide the total number of plant spaces by the culture time (5 weeks in this scenario) to get the number of heads you can theoretically harvest each week. This means that every week you need to replace the harvested heads with a new group of seedling transplants. In managing this rotation you would have 5 different weeks of growth in the system with a new group ready to be harvested each week. The key is to continue planting the same amount of seedlings each week so you are consistently replacing the harvested crop. Again, results will vary and these estimates are just for planning purposes.  Annual lbs of basil is based upon an annual average yield of 5 lbs per sq ft. assuming the entire bed(s) was planted in basil.

Theoretical media bed production of tomatoes and peppers

For Media Beds which are great for growing a wide variety of crops, we have assumed tomatoes in this example. Based upon planting 4 tomato plants per media bed and a yield of 45 lbs of tomatoes per plant, the following table provides some estimates for potential yields. Again, your ability to properly manage nutrients, light, temperature and humidity among other factors will strongly influence the results you achieve. Bell pepper production is based upon an average planting density of 1 plant per sq ft with an average yield of 5 lbs
per plant. These estimates are based upon growers in climates that may be much different than yours.

 

 

Fish Production – There are several varieties of fish that can be raised in aquaponics such as Tilapia, Catfish, Koi, Trout and Hybrid Striped Bass. Each species has unique temperature, feed and water quality requirements that will influence their health and growth rates in your system. For more in-depth articles and research on a wide variety of species please refer to the Fish Culture Section on the Regional Aquaculture Centers website.

For the purpose of illustrating some basic estimates of fish production we have chosen Tilapia in this example and are assuming a 12 month growth rate from fingerling size (5 grams) to an average harvest weight of around 1.5 lbs. Growth rates will vary significantly depending on water quality, temperature, daily feed rates and other factors. The stocking density for both size tanks is .3 lbs per gallon. Therefore 40 adult Tilapia weighing a total of 60 lbs would equal .3 lbs per gallon in a 200 gallon tank.

Tilapia Production Table for Aquabundance Systems

 

 

 

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