Small-Scale Aquaponics Training Course & Certificate

Anacostia Aquaponics is presenting a Small-Scale Aquaponics Training Course and Certificate Program.

The Course is designed to provide participants the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and meaningfully participate in the design, construction, and operation of a small-scale aquaponic system (10- to 1,000-gallons).

Click: What is small-scale aquaponics and what are its applications?

AQP 101 —  Intro to Small-Scale Aquaponics

  • Definition, applications and benefits of small-scale aquaponics
  • Fish, plants and bacteria in the aquaponic system
  • The nitrogen cycle and bacterial biofilter
  • Overview of the parts of an aquaponic system
  • Basic water quality parameters and testing
  • System cycling / startup
  • Environmental considerations


AQP 102 —  Fish, Plants & Bacteria

  • Balancing pH and other factors to keep all your friends happy
  • Fish options and considerations, sourcing, and transport
  • Fish health, feeding, and handling
  • Plant options and considerations
  • Plant health and nutrition
  • Matching hydroponic methods to your crops
  • The special role of bacteria in your aquaponic system
  • Setting conditions to keep your bacteria happy


AQP 201 — Aquaponic System Design

  • Design options & designing to meet your goals
  • Fish-to-plant ratios and system sizing
  • Gravity, siphons, valves and waterflow
  • Sump tanks, pump placement & sizing
  • Filtration options and design
  • Fish requirements and stocking density
  • Electricity requirements and calculations
  • Aeration considerations and options


AQP 202 — Aquaponics Parts & Construction

  • Choosing food safe materials
  • Structural support requirements and options; holding your water weight
  • Creating water-tight connections, proper use of sealant
  • Options for parts and materials, and where to source them
  • HANDS-ON! Pipe-cutting, connections and plumbing
  • HANDS-ON! Drilling and installing a bulkhead


AQP 203 — Aquaponics Operation & Growth

  • Food safety considerations for small-scale aquaponics
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly tasks
  • pH testing, considerations, and adjustment options
  • Addressing commons problems and troubleshooting
  • How and when to clean your system
  • Optimizing plant growth
  • Managing your system through the seasons
  • HANDS-ON! Vacuum-siphon demonstration
  • HANDS-ON! Water testing and treatment, pH adjustment



The price of the Course is $160 and comes with five powerpoint presentations, a Certificate of Completion, and post-Course phone consultation if you go on to build and operate your own system.

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The Course is led by Brian Filipowich, Director of Anacostia Aquaponics DC LLC and Chairman of the national Aquaponics Association.