DIY and Helpful Links

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Aquaponics

Downloads

DIY Manuals

A series of papers and manuals that will help you setup your own aquaponics system. GET THEM HERE

On-line Help

About design types

Examples of some of the design types that can be used when setting up your own aquaponic system READ MORE HERE

Build your own system

Basic instructions on the equipment needed and how to setup a starter system that will grow tomatoes.  Gold fish are used in this example due to the low maintenance needed to raise them READ MORE HERE

Which fish are easiest to raise

Brief description of some of the more common cold water fish raised using aquaculture. READ MORE HERE

Which plants are easiest to grow

A list of some of the plants that will grow best in your aquaponic system READ MORE HERE

Wiki

(community supported)

From the Urban Farming Guys. provides DIY system plans as well as other tips on raising certain types of fish and produce. READ MORE HERE

Wiki (open source)

From faircompanies.com that can answer many questions about setting up your own aquaponic system. READ MORE HERE

Videos

DIY aquaponics video from faircompanies.com

Provides tips and instructions on building your own aquaponic system WATCH HERE

Growing Power’s commercial scale greenhouse in Milwaukee, WI – includes useful tips for your own at home system as well as insights into how a fully operational commercial system looks

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How to install your own aquaponic system, brought to you by Backyard Aquaponics – Shows you how to setup a functioning aquaponics system from basic materials that can be bought at a hardware store

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Introduction to practical aquaponics by Murray Hallams (Australia)

Gives tips on fish tank to grow bed ratios as well as how many fish to stock in your tank and optimal grow bed depth READ MORE HERE

Step-by-step video

Directions on designing a vortex filter system from the Urban Farming Guys. READ MORE HERE

Video roundup provided by treehugger.com

Demonstrates some useful tips for setting up an aquaponic system GET TIPS HERE

Hydroponics

Downloads

Preview

http://books.google.com/books?id=e5xLkJLTMygC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false – How To Hydroponics by Keith Roberto on googlebooks contains a ton of useful info for at home gardeners

On-line help

DIY instructions Hydro-garden from treehugger.com

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/hydroponics-online-diy-hydro-garden.html – How to make your own hydro-garden from treehugger.com

How to instructions: basics

http://www.hydroponics-at-home.com/General-Hydroponics.html – Basics of hydroponics

How to instructions : growing medium

http://www.hydroponics-at-home.com/growing-medium.html – Tips on the growing medium

How to instructions: lighting

http://www.hydroponics-at-home.com/hydroponic-lighting.html – What kind of lighting do you need?

How to instructions: nutrients

http://www.hydroponics-at-home.com/hydroponics-nutrients.html – Which nutrients do you need?

How to Instructions: system design

http://www.diy-hydroponics.com/index.html – Instructions on building various styles of hydroponic systems including passive, flood and drain and top feed

Videos

DIY video

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/more-diy-hydroponics.html – A video from treehugger.com that will help you setup your own hydroponic system

How to video: for beginners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah3zrGRmx80&feature=related – Another Hydroponics for beginners video, this one has you use slightly different materials

How to video: system design- DWC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yy5kJwdMv8 – About making your own deep water culture (DWC) system

How to video: system design- PVC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBME3l29G6Q&feature=related – Build a hydroponic system for only $50 with PVC

Aquaculture

Downloads

DIY Manual

http://www.scribd.com/doc/12685513/DIY-Urban-Aquaculture-Manual – A manual on urban aquaculture, also covers aquaponics and recirculating water systems

Step-by-Step

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/AD21.pdf – A manual on first steps for setting up your own aquaculture system

On-line help

Compiled online resources

http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/resources.php#Doit – A pre-compiled list of manuals, videos and tips on aquaculture, aquaponics and getting into the business commercially

Videos

How to videos – Video series on raising tilapia for a hatchery

Pt 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrBEkwpN74A&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Pt 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQupizMuLFQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Pt 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS3UdYphk9I&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL