How to Setup a Backyard Aquaponics Garden

Adding a bell siphon

I recently had had the privilege of installing a new aquaponics garden into a family’s backyard in Austin, Texas. The aquaponics system was an extension to an existing garden that they had already been using to grow a combination of mustard and salad greens….

Prepping the Soil – Kitchen Scraps to Garden Beds

I originally shared this post on a blog that I keep for my family over at and I thought that it would be worth sharing here. I am surprised how confusing people make composting and how may excuses I hear on why they…

Home Scale IBC Tote System

It is always fun to set up a new aquaponics system and start providing food for yourself and family. This IBC Tote aquaponics system was set up on a corner of a patio, partially in the shade due to the hot tropical sun. The…

Aquaponics for Profit

aquaponics for profit

Here at Urban Fish Farmer we talk a lot about different ideas and plans to create the perfect home scale aquaponics systems. The question does arise from time to time, “What if you want to go bigger?” even better yet, “What if you want…

What is Aquaponics?


Before we start talking about ammonia levels, nitrates and grow mediums, I think that it is safe to take it back to the roots and answer that basic question, what is aquaponics? Simply put, Aquaponics is where the food cycle for fish ends and…

Aquaponic Systems

aquaponic systems

There a a number of different ways that you can set up your home scale aquaponics unit. There is no real right way, however there are a few things to consider to avoid some of the wrong ways. Your choice of system should best…

Home Scale Units

Home Scale Aquaponics

The following images, videos and diagrams are of different home scale aquaponics units. Some of these units perform better than others, but each one is unique and a reference for those attempting to figure out what to build.