What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is the raising of fish and plants in a recirculating ecosystem. The fish provide nutrients for the plants. Bacteria and plants help to clean the water for the fish.
Why is Aquaponics Important?
- Aquaponics is a vitally important way for us to grow food now and for our future generations
- Aquaponics can grow a tremendous amount of food with a fraction of the water that is normally used in soil based agriculture
- Food can be grown directly in our communities, providing access to nutritious food, creating jobs and eliminating the huge carbon footprint associated with food transportation miles
Aquaponics and Education
- Aquaponics is the perfect teaching tool for core STEM subjects like Math, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering
- Students can study fish, plants and bacteria interacting in a living ecosystem
- Students can perform water quality tests and measure growth rates in fish and plants
- Economics, Marketing and Nutrition are among the many other areas of study connected with aquaponics
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Teaching Tools for Educators
Aquaponic systems are a wonderful way to inspire students and engage them in core STEM concepts. The Aquaponic Source has been providing aquaponic systems and educational resources for schools since 2010. We offer elementary school curriculum sets, the best Aquaponic Book in the Industry and a 5.5 hour companion online course. These resources go great with our line full line of aquaponic systems.
Grades 3 thru 6 Introductory Curriculum - 62 Pages - 6 Hours of lessons and Online Course
Grades 3 thru 6 Full Curriculum Set - 190 Pages - 24 Hours of Lessons - Online Course and Aquaponic Book
Grades 7 thru 12 Aquaponic Gardening Book - 288 pages, 84 photos and diagrams, soft cover
Aquaponic Gardening Book with Companion Online Course - 5.5 Hours of Online Instruction
Aquaponic Systems for the Classroom
Aquaponic Systems are our specialty and the best way to teach aquaponics is to have a system right there in your classroom, science lab or in a small greenhouse. We have several options for systems to meet your goals, your space and your budget.
Small Aquarium Systems
Systems range from $60 to $250 and are great for demonstrating the fundamentals of aquaponics. Multiple systems can be perfect for small group activities or side by side experiments. Systems are affordable and easy to setup.
Aquarium toppers work with a standard 10 gallon aquarium purchased separately. All other components are included.
60 Gallon Mobile Aquaponics System
Our AquaUrban 60 Gallon Aquaponic System is our most popular school system. Both the fish tank and stand are on wheels and can be moved around for classroom demonstrations. Larger edible size fish can be raised with a wide variety of crops in the 2' x 4' grow bed.
Systems come with the heavy duty terracotta fish tank and grow bed, all plumbing components and powder coated steel frame. An optional light rack and lighting is available.
Modular Aquaponics Systems
The AquaBundance Modular Series is great for larger classrooms and greenhouses. All of the equipment and filtration is easily accessible so students can see the system mechanics and water flow.
A combination of media and deep water culture beds allow for experiments with different growing methods. Systems can be sized between 3 and 8 grow beds. Please contact us and we can help layout the best system to meet your space, goals and budget.
“I can’t thank you and your team enough for making the Riverbend Environmental Education Center project a success. I gave a tour of the system to a group of adults who were at Riverbend for a farm to table dinner, last week and the reaction was exactly what we wanted. One of the exciting comments for me was how clean and professional the system looked. It turned out extremely well!”
Let us help you get started
Not only do we want to hear from you, we would like to come see your school
Our team at The Aquaponic Source is dedicated to making sure your school project is successful. We would like to hear from you so we can make sure you get everything you need when you need it.
We also offer installation and training services where one of our instructors will visit your school, setup your system and provide your teachers and students an aquaponics class! Instruction can be tailored to best fit your needs. We often provide train the trainer sessions or student workshops. We love teaching and seeing the excitement when a system first gets installed. We look forward to hearing from you.