Building an Indoor Aquaponic Systems is easy AND economical with our Do-It-Yourself packages!

Why build a “Friendly” indoor aquaponics system? Because even if you buy a “kit” from someone, you STILL have to assemble the it. You have to install fittings in fish tanks, assemble grow beds, install pumps, air pumps, tubing, and airstones. Our 12 square foot Indoor Aquaponics System costs $311.95 to build, or $25.99 per square foot of growbed area; our 48 square foot Indoor Aquaponics System costs $510 to build, or only $10.60 per square foot, INCLUDING the cost for our Indoor Aquaponics System plans. You will source most items locally, and save tons of money!

(Below) The incredible vegetable variety it is possible to grow in just a couple of square feet of one of these Indoor Aquaponics Systems:
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Compare the cost of our systems to these well-advertised kit systems: Murray Hallam’s 7.23 square foot Balcony System costs $970, or $134.16 per square foot of grow bed area; The Aquaponic Source’s 11.8 square foot Aquabundance system costs $1,295 – not including the $300 of media material you need – for $135.17 per square foot; Aquaponics USA’s 7.5 square foot FFGS-M7.5 costs $1,094, or $145.86 per square foot, and these systems are smaller than our 12 square foot Tabletop system. Also, these prices do NOT include shipping, which usually adds from $150 to $500 to their cost). Our aquaponics system designs are the most cost-effective on the planet!

Build four different sizes of stable, durable, and productive indoor aquaponics systems that can be operated indoors OR outdoors, or even MOVED between indoors and outdoors, depending on the season. These affordable systems range from a counter top 3.5 square foot system (which costs $85 for materials), up to one with 48 square feet in grow bed area (which costs $460 for materials). Most materials are available locally; some items may need to come from suppliers whose contact information is given in the materials lists. In addition to the four standard sizes of systems in the manual, we show you how to build small custom-designed aquaponics systems out of Igloo coolers, discarded refrigerators and freezers, plastic garbage cans and barrels, concrete mixing tubs, and other easily-procured items. Most importantly, we show you in complete detail how to OPERATE them successfully! This complete plans package is only $49.95!

Purchase the TableTop Aquaponics Systems plans and manual download $49.95

Indoor Aquaponic System

We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours, and built our first commercial aquaponics systems with FAR less information than this manual contains. This manual would have saved us over half of that money and time. We have included all the information learned from spending that money and time in this manual, so you don’t have to make any of the same mistakes we did.

This package includes easy-to-understand building instructions and complete operating information for small aquaponic systems based on our eight years of experience operating a commercial aquaponics farm. Anyone can build a system out of plastic barrels, but operating one without good and easily-understood information can be frustrating. We give you simple-to-follow operating instructions in the form of a “Daily Operations Manual”. You simply use the checklist and follow the step-by-step instructions on your way to success with aquaponics.

Indoors Aquaponic Systems: These systems are perfect for anyone who can only grow indoors, or for those who only have limited space outdoors. They are perfect for getting your fingers wet in aquaponics without spending a lot of money! They are perfect for an apartment or condo, on a balcony, inside a garage or outbuilding, inside a spare room, or even a closet. You can use them for the centerpiece of a living room or family room to show off to your friends. Best of all, they actually produce food!

Schools: These systems are perfect for schools because of their low cost and the easily-understood instructions and plans for construction and operation that come with the package. They are so affordable and understandable that a sixth-grader can easily use one as a science class or science fair project. They are small enough to be easily and affordably operated indoors in cold weather climates and lit with artificial lighting (instructions included).

Cost for plans AND materials for the biggest of these systems (48 square feet) is only $460, making them affordable for all schools. This large school system produces a serious amount of vegetables as well as teaching kids multiple skills, such as chemistry, biology, animal husbandry, plant physiology, math, some physics, and business skills.

If you wish, you can simply follow our instructions and have a productive aquaponics system without needing to understand why it works; in the same manner that you can drive a car without having to know how to repair the engine. However, if you also wish to understand why your aquaponics system works and what is going on in it, there is a complete explanation of all the system processes and chemistry included in the manual (written in easily-understood language) to give you a much deeper knowledge.

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Indoor Aquaponic System Materials

These materials for the 32-square-foot Pico Aquaponics System were ALL procured locally from WalMart, Home Depot, and PetCo. Although this system has four troughs (the big black thing), we only show one in the photo.

Many small aquaponics “kits” are offered on the internet and elsewhere that are similar in size to these systems. They do not come with instructions written by someone who runs aquaponics systems for a living, as do ours. Their expensive “kits” are made from standard tanks and parts marked-up several times which then have shipping tacked on! Our systems are built from economical materials and components, most of which you buy locally – which saves you a lot of money!

This DIY package has 150-plus pages including a TON of information, and over 250 pictures showing you how to build an aquaponic systems and how to operate it effectively. There are sections on aquaponics history, water chemistry and quality. Also covered are the biological processes happening in your system, all the different life forms that may show up in your system. In addition, you get a detailed construction and operations manual, seed germination and seed saving, tools and materials tutorials, indoor lighting instructions. There’s a “How do I find the right part in the hardware store” section, and five pages that tells you how to grow Supercharged Vegetables in your aquaponic system. There’s a complete materials lists for four different standard sizes of small aquaponics systems, with most of the materials procured locally. (A few items come from Aquatic EcoSystems in Florida or other aquarium suppliers.)

We derive almost all of our income from actually growing and selling vegetables and fish, and we produced this manual because we wanted to make aquaponics and growing your own food accessible and affordable for EVERYONE. This manual is downloaded to your computer upon purchase, then you can print your own color hard copy if you wish.

Purchase the TableTop Aquaponics Systems plans and manual download $49.95