“And for your Organic Vegetables and your Healthy Protein, an
 Aquaponics USA
Food Forever™
Growing System!”
“And for your Organic Vegetables and your Healthy Protein, an
 Aquaponics USA
Food Forever™
Growing System!”

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a hybrid technology combining the best of aqua-culture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing veggies without soil). It’s completely organic because the fish produce natural fertilizer used by the plants and that means no man-made chemicals.

Aquaculture has been around for a long, long time. The fish that are easiest for novices to grow are Tilapia. Tilapia are tropical fish whose native home is Africa and the Nile River. They are perhaps the oldest farmed fish on the planet as the Egyptians held them captive in natural ponds along the Nile over 4,000 years ago. They are the easiest fish for a new Aquaponic farmer to raise because they are so tolerant and hardy. They are also one of the fastest growing fish, growing from a small fry to over a one pound meal in about twelve months. You raise these delicious fish in a Tank. It only takes 1 1/2 pounds of inexpensive fish food to grow one pound of fish.

The fish tank and the grow bed you see in the photo being held up by our  Instructor, Ms. Ecofriendly, are inter-linked. The water is pumped from the fish tank to the Grow Bed and flows back to the Fish Tank. The fish produce ammonia and with the help of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria, the ammonia changes into nitrate thereby becoming the plants’ natural fertilizer. In turn, the plants clean the water for the fish by absorbing the nitrate. It’s a symbiotic relationship--natures way when left undisturbed by humans.

Aquaponics is so much more than a little spring garden. It’s about providing full-time, self-sustaining food--both the protein and the vegetables--for a family, a community, a world--year round; and it’s a perfect learning device in any classroom from K-12.

How does Aquaponics Work in a Classroom?

Your students aren’t just reading, writing and discussing their subject whether it’s Science, Agriscience, Agriculture or Culinary Arts--they are experiencing their subject. They are participating in the creation of an ecosystem that operates right before their eyes. Students of all ages from grammar to middle to high school find

this interactive experience with an Aquaponics system to be invigorating. Some studies have shown students with an Aquaponic classroom system score higher in math and science because they are more motivated.

An Aquaponics system can be used to demonstrate various principles taught in technology, plant life cycles and their structure, how to make effective use of recycled materials, low-tech/high-yield gardening, ecological issues, biology and sustainable farming. A system can be used to demonstrate in real time how the nitrogen cycle works, the parts of a seed, its germination and the growth rate of seedlings. The subjects are endless. Several Culinary Arts students are learning to grow the food their being taught to prepare while supplying their school cafeteria with healthy fish and organic vegetables. This takes the “Farm to School” programs that have been popping up all over the nation to another level.

Not only the students but the Instructors benefit as well. Suddenly your classroom is a laboratory where you can experience hands-on teaching. Some Instructors, mostly on the East Coast, have created entire programs around this technology, erecting massive greenhouses and interacting with their communities to replenish natural marine populations into their natural habitats. The possibilities are almost infinite.

You need more than an Aquaponics System--you need Curriculum.

The above Free Report lists several resources for Aquaponics Curriculum and others are being written as I create this page. Dr. Michael King is writing an entire book on the subject. He has been building aquaponics systems for over seven years and testing them all over the world including Africa. We’ll let you know when that book comes out as it will be full of concise, accurate, up-to-date information.

And you need SUPPORT!

Here’s our plan. We’ve spoken with The Global Schoolhouse who have said they are interested in our proposed project. Needless to say, this project is still in the design stages; but once it is up and running, what we envision is a world-wide network of K-12 schools with Aquaponics in the Classrooms and/or Labs. We want to link up all of these schools so they can share ideas, projects, curriculum and experiences. This would create a network of excited and motivated students communicating with each other through the internet. Thus Aquaponics would branch out to include yet another subject--communication and advanced computer technology.

Go to GlobalSchoolNet.org to explore and become a Member.  This is the place where students are linked “around the world”.


We also plan to create Instructional Videos to get you going in your new Aquaponics Course. These Videos will be placed in the “Private” section of our Aquaponics USA TV Channel and be available for Teachers who are running one of our Food Forever™ Growing Systems. Instructional Videos will be as reasonable as we can make them and created for specific grade levels.

They will cover hands-on cycling of a system, planting of seedlings, planting in grow beds, fish care and feeding and much more.

These are some of our fingerlings. To see our fish on the Live Fish Cam, just click over to the “Our Tilapia” page.

US Pacific Feeding times  are:

8  AM

11 AM

2  PM

5  PM

We are using an Automatic Fish Feeder. You can get details and purchase it by going to the Auto-matic Fish Feeder Page.

What do you Need to bring Aquaponics into your Classroom?

You need a system; and that’s where Aquaponics USA comes into the picture. Our system designer is an aerospace engineer who designs state-of-the-art, durable, long lasting Food Forever™ Growing Systems we call the FFGS Series. These systems out shine every other system on the market for durability, strong construction and ease of use. But most importantly in these challenging economic times, our Food Forever™ Growing Systems under-price every other system on the market today on a per square foot basis. If you don’t want to do the math; but would like us to prove out this statement, email us and ask for our spreadsheet showing our cost comparative figures. What’s more, you have lots of sizes from which to choose. If you’re space challenged, our Mini-Compact FFGS-7.5 (the number indicates square feet of Grow Bed) is the system for you; but if space is not an issue and you want to grow food for the school cafeteria, then you’ll want the FFGS-80. These Food Forever™ Growing Systems are not complicated. They can be up and running in short order, present you and your students with a mellow learning curve and come complete with almost everything you need to start your classroom lab. You assemble them, connect to electricity, add water, seedlings, fish; and you have an ecosystem. Aquaponics can be turned into a appropriate Course of Study for several age levels across several subjects. It’s appropriate for Agriculture, Science, Biology, Business (selling food to your own cafeteria) and Culinary Arts just to name a few.

How else can you get an Aquaponics System?

One way to get a system is to build it yourself; and there are lots of ideas on the internet about how to do this.  Building your system could be a fun quarter’s project all by itself. You could also convert a Hydroponics system into an Aquaponics system or go on a scavenger hunt to acquire some of your components. What’s important here is that you get a system however you can. If it’s through the gorilla construction method that’s just great as long as it works.

The advantage of buying a complete ready-to-go system like the ones you see on this website is you know they’re going to work and they’re going to work well.

Creative Financing Spoken Here:

Because we really want to see schools embrace this amazing cutting edge food-growing technology, we’re open to some creative financing ideas. 

One such idea has to do with a program we call “The Traveling Ecosystem” plan.

This plan would team up schools that are within a few hours drive of each other and arrange a standard 9-week Quarter Time Line that each school in the plan would have to use the system. The schools would then pull their money and pay anywhere from 1/2 to 1/4 the full price as they would be sharing the system with one or four other schools. We would also be open to creating some kind of monthly payment plan.

If you have any ideas that you wish to share regarding creative financing, please email us at: urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com.

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Here are some pictures describing what went on in our Greenhouse during our first planting in 2009. The seedlings were placed in their seed trays on July 4th, Independence Day. We thought that was perfect timing. The paired pictures were taken 17 Days apart. The difference in veggie growth is awesome!

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Designed for small spaces in mind. Our smallest Mini System, FFGS-M7.5 is a perfect Learner system for your classroom. Click the picture for details.

Here’s the same system with an added Grow Bed. We call this one the Mini-Plus, FFGS-M15. You can purchase it outright or create it later by adding the Grow Bed separately. Click picture for details.

Here’s the same system with an added Grow Bed. We call this one the Compact-Plus, FFGS-M22.5. You can purchase it outright or create it later by adding the Grow Bed separately. Click the picture.

We call this one the Compact System, FFGS-C15. It has a larger tank than the Mini but still saves lots of space because the tank is tucked under the two Grow Beds. Click the picture for details.

Our Mission:

Our Mission is to make “Aquaponics” a household word. With your help we can do it. Schools are the place to start because your students will educate their parents about this life-saving food technology. Won’t you join us at whatever level you can. Our Home and Affiliate Pages have Subscription Buttons so you can receive our latest email updates. Please let us know if you are a Teacher because we believe you are special and want to acknowledge you; and thank you for visiting:

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To your left is our FFGS-40 Food Forever Growing System with 44 sq. ft. of Grow Bed space. Just above, you see an 11 sq. ft. Grow Bed full of media called Hydroton. The two bed system at the top is our FFGS-20. It makes a perfect classroom laboratory. Click on the picture, to go to the sell page.

We offer two sizes of Grow Beds. These are our 11 sq. ft. Grow Beds; but you can also get our new 15 sq. ft. Grow Beds to increase your growing area. Notice the white water rings that put the water into the beds.