Aquaponics (Short Course)

$199.00 Inc GST

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)
    • Carp
    • Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
    • Catfish
    • Eel Tailed Catfish (Tandanus tandanus)
    • Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
    • Silver Cobbler (Neoarius midgleyi)
    • Lake Argyle Catfish (syn. Arius midgleyi)
    • Eels (Anguilla)
    • Tilapia
    • Freshwater Crayfish
    • Marron (Cherax tenuimanus)
    • Red Claw (Cherax quadricarinatus)
    • Yabbies (Charax destructor)

5. Growing Plants in Aquaponics

    • What system?
    • Planting guide
    • Planting
    • Herbs
    • Some herbs to grow hydroponically
    • Basil (Sweet) Ocimum basilicum
    • Mint (Mentha spp.)
    • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
    • Vegetables
    • Cabbage (Brassica oleraceae – Capitata Group)
    • Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
    • Pak-choi and Bok-choy (Brassica rapa – Pekinensis Group)
    • Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
    • Water Chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis)
    • Other
    • 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
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Damping-off disease
    • Grey mold
    • Powdery mildew
    • Wilt