Aquaponics 101 – Let the training begin

With the training system at Harkerville, Knysna complete, we are now scheduling our Practical Aquaponics training courses.  This intensive hands-on course includes both theoretical and practical training in all aspects of Aquaponics (AP) from design, building and commissioning a system to day-to-day maintenance and trouble-shooting.

Some topics covered in the course are;

  • An Introduction to AP.
  • A comparison of AP to pure Aquaculture systems
  • A comparison of AP to pure Hydroponic systems.
  • The Fish.
  • The Plants.
  • Planning, site selection and other considerations.
  • The materials list (what you will need).
  • How it all fits together (various basic designs)
  • Costing and Economic considerations.
  • Fish/Plant selection and Marketing Considerations.
  • Troubleshooting.
  • Visits to other local AP sites.

The duration of the course is 2 days and the course fee includes transfers from and back to George Airport, 2 nights accommodation onsite at the Masescha Resort, a visit to other AP sites in the area, all meals (excluding drinks), the course, as well as a free copy of the publication, Aquaponics – The Synaptoman way.

We also have a special accomodation only rate for spouses/children/partners who would like to accompany delegates.

Our January 2010 course is fully-booked but we still have places for our February 2010 course, which runs from 22 February to 24 February 2010.  Places are strictly limited to ensure individual attention to all delegates.

Email me at aquaculture(at) * for further details.

Cheers for now


* (replace the (at) with @ to foil the spammers)

An image of the completed training system, all ready for plants and fish.


13 thoughts on “Aquaponics 101 – Let the training begin”

  1. Please let me know how much your fee is for your two day training course. Please include all costs including accommodation for the duration of the course.

  2. Synaptoman,

    Looking good as always.

    How have you set up the inlets to your GB’s on this one? I recal on one of your other larger systems you had spray nozzles.


    1. Hi Taz,

      Welcome and thank you. Spraybars tended to clog too easily. The holes were between 8 and 15mm. On this one of gone BIG. I have 50mm inlets to the GB’s !!



      1. Is that the black pipe running between the two GB’s on the left in the pic? Guessing it has a T in the middle. Should flow real good!! 🙂

      2. That’s right. 50mm with a T at the end. I used to worry about spreading the water evenly over the gravel, but I have found that with sufficient flow and rapid floods and drains it has the same effect plus the added advabtage of more oxygen being “sucked” down to the roots on the drain cycle.

    1. Hi Chad,

      Yes, that will be no problem. You are welcome to view the recently completed training system half way bewteen Knysna and Plett.
      I will email you privately with directions.

  3. Synaptoman, I just re-read your e-book because I’m about to build my first home system. I didn’t see information about sizing the fish tank to the grow beds. I can back calculate your some of your sizes, but I’m looking for more information about this. I plan on having a 110 gallon (416L) fish tank, with 13 sq-ft (1.23 sq-meter) of grow bed. Fish will be goldfish to start out. Can you point me to more info, and does this ratio sound good? (more interested in growing plants than growing fish)

  4. i have huge interest to attend ur course begining of 2012.can you provide me with the cost details.

  5. I would like to be refered to the training school also Thanks, is it in Canada? If not do you know of training schools or contacts in Canada?

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