Do-It-Myself Micro Aquaponic System 64 & 128!
(Please note: this is a download only, it is not a printed, mailed product. The order page DOES need this information, however, or it will generate an error message. So please fill in your shipping address and then you will proceed to a download screen.)
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; it’s about $250-350 higher in Hawaii). 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-Yourself 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 412 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.
Our Micro System package is available ONLY AS A DOWNLOAD FROM THIS WEBSITE, for $99.95, and consists of a 118-page PDF file that you print on your printer.
Even our smallest Micro System (the 64) is 15% to 300% LARGER than comparable aquaponics “kits” we’ve seen offered on the Internet. Compare the following prices:
- Aquaponicsusa.com’s FGS-2 system with 20 sq ft of growbed area for $3,695.00
- Earthsolutions.com’s “Phoenix” Farm in a Box with 56 sq ft growbed area for $2,995.00
- Aquaponics.com’s (Nelson and Pade) 4T50-2-4×6 system with 48 sq ft growbed area for $5,756.00
The Micro System 128 is two and a half times larger than the largest of these kits, but even including the cost of the plans is only one-third the price! You decide if these kits are overpriced, and if our Micro Systems are the best way to go. Micro Systems are stable, durable, productive, and easy to build and operate.
We included the URL’s of these websites so you can check out what’s being offered and compare them to our Micro Systems. We doubt they will compare their systems to our Micro Systems, and certainly won’t give you our URL the way we give you theirs. Our Micro Systems are simply the best, most productive, most affordable small aquaponics system available anywhere. The best thing about them is that you don’t have to depend on “experts” to assemble a “kit” for you, you simply purchase the materials on the materials list from local sources, and assemble them according to the complete step-by-step construction manual.
Our package includes a TON of information about 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, three 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. Ask anyone else you’re considering buying a “kit” from how much of their income comes from growing and selling aquaponic produce, and how much comes from selling their “kits”. We derive almost all of our income from actually growing and selling vegetables and fish.
We took time from operating our aquaponics farm to build and test our Micro System and write the Micro System package. Why? We were offended by the many sellers on the web who are taking advantage of people’s relative lack of knowledge about aquaponics to sell them overpriced collections of tanks, pumps, and piping called “aquaponics kits”, that can be purchased locally for a fraction of the cost. If we’d seen even ONE such “kit” that was reasonably priced, that ALSO had realistic claims about how much can be grown with it (the other problem we have with these people), we wouldn’t have felt a need to offer this set of plans.
Our self-taught plans package includes a course manual, a construction manual with ten 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.
Do-It-Yourself Aquaponics Training and Construction Package for Micro Systems Our Do-It-Yourself, self-taught course covers all aspects of building and operating a 64 to 128 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 $1,000 for the 64, $1,200 for the 128, time to build is 16-24 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 20-40 pounds of organic vegetables and 1-2 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 organic produce either system pays for itself in three to 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.