Building a Micro Aquaponics System is easy AND economical with our Do-It-Yourself packages!
Why build a “Friendly” system? Because even if you buy a “kit” from someone, you STILL have to build the system. You have to install fish tanks, trench for plumbing, install pumps, blowers, airstones, and troughs. Our 64 square foot Micro System costs $749 to build, or $11.71 per square foot of growbed area, and our 128 square foot Micro System costs $999 to build, or $7.81 per square foot of growbed area, INCLUDING the cost for our Micro System plans; you source most items locally.
Compare the cost of our systems to these well-advertised kit systems: Murray Hallam’s 85 square foot Backyard System costs $5,376, or $63.24 per square foot of grow bed area; a system from another well-known aquaponics consultant costs $6,895, or $95.76 per square foot; Aquaponics USA’s 50 square foot FFGS-50 costs $4,083, or $145.86 per square foot, these costs do NOT include shipping. Our aquaponics system designs are the most cost-effective on the planet!
We are now including a free downloaded Apartment/Condo systems manual with each Micro System purchase so you can build productive tabletop aquaponics systems from 2 to 32 square feet in size in addition to the 64 and 128 square foot Micro Systems. These smaller tabletop systems are great for teaching, for student science projects, or to get started with aquaponics if you don’t have enough space yet for the 64 and 128. They are also a great system for growing vegetables indoors in the wintertime under artificial lighting if you only plan to run your outdoors Micro System during the warmer months. This is $149.90 worth of manual for $99.95.
Our package shows you how to build AND operate a stable, durable, and productive 64 OR 128 square foot backyard aquaponics system in two weekends for less than $700 (for the 64), or $900 (for the 128) worth of materials you can buy locally. These are average mainland prices; they’re about $250-350 higher in Hawaii. These prices do not include the child or sleeping Siamese cat (both priceless!). Here’s a picture of Rose and the cat with our Micro System 64.
The Micro System package includes most of the information on aquaponics our Family Do-It-Myself package does, and is appropriate for someone with limited space or someone who wants to get their feet wet in aquaponics without spending a lot. It’s also perfect for schools because of its low cost. There are 256 growing spaces in an average Micro System 64 raft layout, allowing plenty of space for student projects. It can be put together by a couple of parents who are handy with tools on a weekend. The Micro System 64 is small enough to put indoors in very cold weather climates and light with artificial lighting (instructions included) for about $21 per month average electrical cost on the Mainland.
New! We now have LIVE Micro System trainings available on the Big Island of Hawaii from two Friendly Aquaponics Affiliate trainers. John and June Greenfelder at 808-962-0515 are giving Micro System trainings in the Hilo/Hamakua coast area; and Alexis and Chris Smith of Coastview Aquaponics at 808-325-7665 are giving Micro System trainings in the Kona area. Both John and June, and Chris and Alexis have Micro System kits and kits for smaller aquaponics systems available, as well as system assembly, for those who wish to just buy a system kit rather than building it all yourself.
Our package includes a TON of information and pictures showing you how aquaponics systems work and how to operate them, based on our years of experience actually operating a commercial aquaponics farm; including a construction manual, an operations manual, eight sheets of CAD drawings, and a complete materials list. Most of these materials are procured locally, with a few items needing to be mail-ordered from Aquatic EcoSystems in Florida.
We took time from operating our aquaponics farm to build and test our Micro System and write the Micro System package. Why? There was no good Do-It-Myself aquaponics information available on the web tailored for someone who had some building skills and wanted to save a lot of money doing it themselves. We wrote this package to give the do-it-yourselfers a solid foundation to start their aquaponics experience on. As of April 2011, we’ve had literally hundreds of students build Micro Systems all around the world! Our son Jack just finished building his Micro System the week before he turned ten!
“Smilin” Jack and his Micro System
Our self-taught plans package includes a course manual, a construction manual with eight pages of CAD drawings and tons of pictures of a system under construction, a complete materials list, and a day-to-day operations manual. We’ve done our very best to make this easy to understand and duplicate what we’ve done. Jack built his Micro System when he was 9, it’s that easy.
Do-It-Myself Aquaponics Training and Construction Package for Micro Systems
Our Do-It-Myself, self-taught course covers all aspects of building and operating a 64 square foot Micro Aquaponics System that can be run off-grid easily using alternate energy sources (of course it can be powered by just plugging it into your house electrical system also). This training package is designed for people who want to build their own small systems to check out aquaponics and get a useful amount of produce at the same time. Average materials and equipment cost for this system is less than $800 for the 64, $1,000 for the 128, time to build is 16-32 hours; space required is 12 feet by 12 feet for the 64, and 12 feet by 20 feet for the 128.
The Micro System 64 uses 40 watts, and the 128 uses 48 watts, which is $3-4 of electricity per month ($12-15 in Hawaii); $2-4 of fish food per month ($4-6 in Hawaii); and $3-4 of seeds and potting media per month ($6-10 in Hawaii) for a monthly cost to operate of $8-12 ($22-35 in Hawaii). The 64 will produce 25-50 pounds of vegetables and 3-6 pounds of fish per month, depending on what varieties of vegetables you grow, how much attention you pay to them, and how much sunlight you get in your location; the production of the 128 is double this. At average prices for the produce either system pays for itself in six to eight four months.
Specifics covered are: site selection, system construction and operation, water quality and sources, vegetable and aquatic species qualities and selection, troubleshooting and problem solving of common system problems. Your package includes a course manual, computer-drawn construction plans, a construction manual with tons of pictures, and a day-to-day operations manual.
Lifetime Guarantee: We guarantee a full refund of the purchase price of your Micro System plans IF you have actually used them. If you have built and operated a system and are still not satisfied, we will refund your money in full.
DISCLAIMER: UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IT IS UNLAWFUL TO GROW MARIJUANA IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN ADDITION, THESE SYSTEMS DO NOT WORK FOR GROWING MARIJUANA. We have a report from a friend of a student of ours, who had grown marijuana successfully using hydroponics for years, who tried for over a year to grow marijuana using Aquaponics systems, and never succeeded. Just so you know: When we say “food”, that is really what we mean.
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