A combination of fish and plant production using aquaculture and hydroponics systems, aquaponics is moving from the realm of experimental to commercial. Learn more about this production system and if it might be right for your backyard garden or farming operation.

Economics of Aquaponics

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

Although aquaponics is not a new technology, "the interest in growing fish and plants in an integrated, indoor system has grown rapidly in recent years." This factsheet presents an analysis of aquaponic systems, including economic considerations, production cost estimates, and the economic feasibility of aquaponics in the United States.

Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together

Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension Service; Colorado Aquaponics

A presentation from a workshop focused on establishing an aquaponic system. Several system designs, fish species, nutrient dynamics, plant crops and useful tips are included in the presentation.


Purdue University.

This video is an "introduction to the recommended practices and guidelines for starting a successful aquaponics operation."


Agricultural Marking Resource Center.

Presents an overview of aquaponics, lists advantages over conventional crop production systems, and describes four plant growth subsystems: Ebb and Flow; Deep-water culture; Nutrient Film Technique; and Drip Irrigation.

Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Aquaponics—Integrating Fish and Plant Culture

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

An overview of aquaponics production including system design, plant and fish production, nutrient dynamics and economics.

2013 eXtension Virtual Aquaculture Workshop

Cooperative Extension Service.

Workshop sessions covered Species, Systems, Aquaponics (system design and management), and Aquaculture Business Management. Webinar recordings, PDF copies of the presentation, and reference materials are available.

A Practical Guide for Aquaponics as an Alternative Enterprise

University of Florida. Extension Service.

This guide discusses fish and plant selection; production methods; water sources and quality considerations; system sizing and startup; plant environment and nutrient solutions; fish health; marketing; postharvest handling; food safety considerations; and Florida regulations.

How to Build and Operate a Simple Small-to-Large Scale Aquaponics System (PDF | 8.9 MB)

This document covers the history of modern aquaponics production systems, provides building instructions for an inexpensive aquaponics system that includes illustrations and images, and a aquaponics best management practices checklist.

Small-scale aquaponic food production: Integrated fish and plant farming

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization.

"This technical paper discusses the three groups of living organisms (bacteria, plants and fish) that make up the aquaponic ecosystem. It presents management strategies and troubleshooting practices, as well as related topics, specifically highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of this method of food production."

Closed-Loop Aquaponic Growing System Combines Land And Lake

Iowa Public Television. Market to Market.

In this Iowa Public Television segment, Josh Buettner interviews Cooperative Extension agents about aquaponics systems, market opportunities and information resources for farmers.

Aquaponics-Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Introduces aquaponics, profiles working aquaponic systems and identifies resources and contacts.

Small-Scale Lettuce Production with Hydroponics or Aquaponics (PDF | 383 kb)

University of Hawaii at Manoa. Collge of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Describes how to construct and operate a small-scale aquaponics system.

Is Aquaponics Right For You?

New Mexico State University. College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

This introductory aquaponics guide describes the components of an aquaponic system, fish species and plants species suited for production, and considerations or challenges to growing fish and vegetables. Identifies and links to literature, web resources, online courses, forums, webinars and videos.