The Golden Book of Aquaponics was designed for the backyard hobbyist and for curious individuals who wish to know how to create their very own aquaponic system at home with the least amount of hassle. This book has been divided into two parts.
Part 1: Introduction contains the basic principles of an aquaponic system. The section “Why Try Aquaponics?” contains an overview of what aquaponics technology is. It also delineates the differences between aquaponics and regular pond aquaculture and hydroponics.
You’ll find a simple breakdown of how an aquaponics system works in the section “Why Try Aquaponics?” For a quick guide to the intricacies of aquaponics, check out the section “Aquaponics Quick Facts.”
A description of how a small aquaponic system, the solar pond, works can be found in the section “Small But Efficient: The Solar Pond.” An explanation of the most common variations of aquaponic systems can be found in “Variant Aquaponic Systems.”
For a quick guide to flow systems, read the section “Experimenting With Water Flow.” A definitive explanation of the role of plastic containers in aquaponic systems can also be found in “Primary Considerations When Using Plastic For Aquaponics.”
When you’re ready to build your own aquaponic system, jump over to Part 2: Setting Up An Aquaponic System. The section “Setup for a Home-Sized Aquaponic System” contains all the steps for creating a real aquaponic system in your own backyard.
Have questions? Head over to the section “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Aquaponics” for some definitive answers. If you are having problems with an established aquaponic system, read the section “Aquaponic System Troubleshooting” for some quick answers.