This course gets you started, providing a sound foundation from our team of academics who have decades of experience with aquaculture and hydroponics.
What to expect:
Aquaponics combines plant cultivation with aquaculture to produce edible plants (eg. vegetables, herbs, fruits) and animals (eg. fish, crayfish), from the same system. It can be a highly productive, environmentally friendly way of food production; whether for personal use or commercial farming. You can manage aquaponics on a tiny scale in as little as 1 square meter; through to a very large scale over any number of acres.
How does it work?
At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.
Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with our tutor-supported online courses.
There are 5 Lessons in this course:
1. Scope and Nature of Aquaponics
- What grows well in aquaponics?
- Home systems
- Commercial farms
- Advantages of aquaponics
- Aquaponics is about balance
2. The Aquaponics System
- What media is best for your grow beds?
- What else do you need to consider?
3. Growing Fish in Aquaponics
- Key facts for growing fish in aquaponics
- Feeding fish
- How many fish?
- Monitoring fish
- Common problems and their symptoms
4. Fish suited for Aquaponics
- Silver Perch (Bidyanus bidyanus)
- Golden Perch (Macquaria ambigua)
- Jade Perch (Scortum barcoo)
- Murray Cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii)
- Barramundi (Lates calcrifera)
- Brown Trout (Salmo trutta)
- Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
- Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
- Eel Tailed Catfish (Tandanus tandanus)
- Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
- Silver Cobbler (Neoarius midgleyi)
- Lake Argyle Catfish (syn. Arius midgleyi)
- Eels (Anguilla)
- Freshwater Crayfish
- Marron (Cherax tenuimanus)
- Red Claw (Cherax quadricarinatus)
- Yabbies (Charax destructor)
5. Growing Plants in Aquaponics
- What system?
- Planting guide
- Some herbs to grow hydroponically
- Basil (Sweet) Ocimum basilicum
- Mint (Mentha spp.)
- Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
- Cabbage (Brassica oleraceae – Capitata Group)
- Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
- Pak-choi and Bok-choy (Brassica rapa – Pekinensis Group)
- Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
- Water Chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis)
- Iris species (Iris spp.)
- Nutrients and deficiencies
- Mobile and Immobile Nutrients
- Plant Nutrition
- Nutrient Deficiency
- Control of water quality
- Measuring pH and EC
- EC Meters and EC Controllers
- pH Controller
- Plant pest and disease problems in aquaponics
- Damping-off disease
- Grey mold
- Powdery mildew