Free Downloads for Aquaponics Do-It-Myselfers!
Plywood Tank Construction Manual
A complete construction manual suitable for beginner’s (or advanced woodworker’s) use in building plywood, epoxy and fiberglass tanks for aquaponics systems or aquaculture use. Based on the author’s 40 years of experience in boat building and composite construction, this 17-page manual shows you how to economically build your own sturdy, durable, and affordable custom tanks using common, easily available materials.
We also offer a $49.95 version of this free manual (click here to find out about the paid version), which is full of illustrative photos of the techniques described in the manual, and has downloadable plans for 3 different types and sizes of plywood/fiberglass/epoxy tanks, along with complete materials lists.
How To Raise Prawns in an Aquaponic System!
A manual that completely explains how to raise prawns in an aquaponics system for the absolute lowest cost possible, both at the backyard and commercial level. Included is a link to a great, free prawn raising manual by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in case you want to build your own prawn hatchery.
Diseases, Deficiencies, and Toxicities In Plants
A manual that details major plant diseases, nutrient deficiencies, and toxicities using color photos so it is easy to identify what is happening with your plants in your system.
How To Start Up Your Aquaponic System (And How NOT To Start Up Your Aquaponic System!)
An eight-page manual that explains how to start up your aquaponics system with nitrifying bacteria inoculants, along with an explanation of how to avoid the nitrite spike (that is potentially toxic to your fish) during start up. Also covered are many examples of things to NOT do when trying to start up your system, including how NOT to kill fish with bad fish hauling techniques (did you think you could get FedEx to deliver them?).
Biosecurity in Aquaponic Systems
A series that explains what biosecurity is and how it works, including real-life examples of how it can get compromised, and how to fix your farm after the security breach.
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