Aquaponic Academy
3 part master-class about aquaponic system
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What is Aquaponics

The word "aquaponics" consists of two main components of this system:
We are talking about the coexistence of fish, plants and bacteria, which decompose waste substances produced
by the fish, and provide the nutrients contained in it to the plants.

From a technological point of view the aquaponics system works on a principle of breeding fish in artificial tanks.
Water from the tanks is pumped into the hydroponic part, where the plants take all the nutrients from it they need.
The same process also cleans the water, which is then pumped back to the fish tanks. Compared to regular fish
breeding the water from fish tanks is not released back to the countryside, but it keeps circulating in the system.
This makes it a very ecological fish breeding system.
From a biological point of view, we see an almost closed ecosystem, based on the principles similar to, for
example, pond ecosystems.

This system is common in many countries all around the world. The biggest production comes from the USA or
Australia, where we can see functioning garden systems providing stable fish and vegetable production for a
small family and hence supply for the fresh food need.
The above mentioned countries also have farms which produce fresh vegetables and fish for commercial use at
the markets. All of their production is from aquaponics and it is available all year round.
Europe now sees just a few pivot projects. These farmers may be trying aquaponics just out of curiosity and their
attempts do not always have to come out as successful.
Aquaponic benefits
1. Usable in all climates

2. Saving the environment
(aquaponics does not affect the surface waters)

3. Pests minimizing

4. Water saving (up to 90%)
7. Investment opportunity

5. Organic quality food

6. Triple gain (fish + vegetables + natural fertiliser)
What will you learn
How to build the Aquaponic system from the scratch and how to boost your actual farming possibilities!
What will you get
• Sustainable farming system
• New technologies
• New generation business plan
• Increase your market share
• Networking and knowledge sharing
What are the new skills you will get
• Aquaponic expertise
• Abilities to save energy and resources
• Business expertise
Pros of Aquaponic
No Chemical Fertilizers Necessary
You don't need any chemical fertilizers to grow food because the fish produce nutritions to plant food.
It is organic by default because any herbicides or pesticides would harm the fish.
No Back-Breaking Labor
Systems are usually set up waist height which means need to bend over.
No Weeds
In an outdoor system, weeds might appear - but these can easily be plucked out of the medium.
Fast and Efficient Food Production Method
Once the system has been started, you can harvest food on aquaponic garden very quick.
Healthy Food
In addition to growing plants for food you also get fish.
The same water is reused. Only a little bit of water
needs to be periodically added to account for evaporation. Since no water is lost through soil, it only requires about 10%
of the water used in tradition gardening.
Water Friendly
Aquaponic Cons
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Сons of Aquaponic
- Year Round Operation
It is possible to do seasonal aquaponic. However, it takes to develop the biofilter. To be effective, system should be run year around - which means no break for you.

- You must feed the fish
With aquaponics you don't want to miss a single fish feeding. Not great if you travel often.

- Require Electricity
You need power to run the pumps. Power outages can destroy your entire system. Most effective is to use solar system.

- Nutrients replenishment
In some cases the nutrients (potassium, iron and calcium)need to be replenished for the plants to grow successfully. The quality of plant nutrients is dependant on the quality of the fish feeding.

- Know how
The actual building and subsequent running of it needs certain know-how which we
are going to share with you.
Meet our team
Angela TenBroeck
President of CSAEC and CEO
of Aqua Hortus Farms
Experienced President of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture Excellence and Conservation (CSAEC) and CEO of PuraFarms, with demonstrated history of working in the food production industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Aquaponics, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, and Team Building.
Magdaléna Prunerová
Founder & Art Director
Magdaléna is a senior consultant, coach and CEO of PureSelf. She has long-term personal experience with training and creating training plans for business owners as well as the executive team. Her mission is to educate and share the knowledge of expert in modern agriculture, she is fascinated by the Aquaponics and wish to support businesses and hobby and community farmers all over the World.
Tereza Vrábelová
Pureself project manager, consultant and hobby farmer
Tereza has superior organizational skills and experience in creating effective training plans. She takes care about information, organization and all needs related with courses.

She is also an utmost enthusiast into the aquaponics and keeps spending a lot of time going through successes and stories all of the farms around the world.
Veronika Tůmová
Aquaponic system expert
Veronica is a doctoral student with zootechnical background, with focus on aquaponics. She does scientific and practical work. Her asset for aquaponic projects is her knowledge and experience. In her PhD. she is getting a new knowledge and with every project she learns new experience. Apart from aquaponics she is practically interested in hydroponics, permaculture and ethical animal breeding.
Milan Gottwald
Director Nectone s.r.o.
Milan deals with the breeding of aquarium fish and the construction of aquaculture systems not only for fish production, but also for laboratories. The first steps after graduating with a bachelor's degree went to the Institute of Molecular Genetics, where he was in charge of fish farming as a model organism and is now studying the protection of Czech fish as part of his doctorate. He used his experience in building aquaculture systems, not only for laboratories, but also for aquaponic systems, for example, in which, as he likes to say, he sees the future of humanity.
Our courses
150 Euro
for 30 days
390 Euro
for 60 days
Commercial farm
2 565 Euro
for 90 days
If you interested in attending a course
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Why is this course for you

If you are a community of people discussing the quality of food and have a will to try out a systém which will give you possibility to create sustainable production of healthy vegetables nad fish, learn how to build an aquaponic community system. Try out a 3-day challange to know more and also test yourself if Aquaponics is for you!

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- online webinars
- video- download/online - ipad, ntb
- hobby manual in pdf version
- consulting

3-day challenge
- 3 day communitzy test – Is Aquaponics for us?
- online webinar what is aquaponic systém about
- video- download/online - ipad, ntb
- questionnaires and mental homeworks
- contacs
- articles

5 modules
webinars and on-line educational tools
  • What is aquaponic system and how to grow our own food
  • How to build community aquaponic farm
  • How to run community aquaponic farm
  • What is the point of success
  • How to maintain the system
  • How to deal with issues
  • Management hints
instruction- step by step + pdf manual
video- download/online - ipad, ntb
contacs + on-line constulting

I. Basic knowledge about aquaponic, health benefits
II. World farm examples
III. Aquaponic system vs hydroponic system vs aeroponic system
IV. Find the best aquaponic system for you
V. Fish used in aquaponic
VI. What is flomedia
Why is this course for you

Aquaponic system is fitting for everyone, who is unsatisfied with the quality of meat and vegetables available in classic food chain markets, and hence would prefer to see healthy vegetables and quality fish meat on their plates. In the same time you have much free space available, where the aquaponic system could be installed (greenhouse, cellar, garage, empty stable or such). You can build a home aquaponic systém on your terace, a small greenhose on your garden or even a home style systém in your kitchen.

Go through the 3-day challange to see if aquaponics is for you. Go through a simple on-line course and then you only need to make a one-time investment to simply enjoy tasty heathy food until the rest of your life.

Check in box
- online webinars
- video- download/online - ipad, ntb
- hobby manual in pdf version
- contacts + on-line consultation

3 day challenge
- 3 day self-test – Is Aquaponics for me?
- online webinar what is aquaponic system
- video- download/online - ipad, ntb
- questionnaires and mental homeworks
- contacs

webinars and on-line educational tools
  • What is aquaponic system and how to grow my own food
  • How to build my own aquaponic system
  • How to run my own aquaponic system
  • How to maintain the system
  • How to deal with issues
instruction- step by step cz/en + pdf manual
video- download/online - ipad, ntb
contacs+ constultation

I. Basic knowledge about aquaponic, health benefits
II. World farm examples
III. Fish used in aquaponic
Why is this course for you

If you plan to boost your agriculture farm to new dimension or have a plan to build a
nerw sustainable business this course will show you:
- what are the benefits of aquaponics
- what to take into consideration before investing into building an aquaponic
- how to set up your business model
- managing the farm
- sales and marketing strategy
- maintaining the farm
- dealing with issues

The program consist of:
On-line webinars
Supporting manuals and needed tamplate materials
Community sessions – on-line and off-line
Vistit of an existing farm – virtual or in person

If you are interested in more detail information, leave your contact detail
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is technique that blends growing fish and vegetables This closed-loop system is highly efficient, yields more food than traditional farming and has no waste. Aquaponics is super sustainable and highly efficient because of the healthy symbiotic relationships that the plants, fish and nitrogen-fixing bacteria have with one another. As fish excrete into the water, the water is then pumped up to the plant beds. Here the bacteria help break down the fish excrement so the plants can absorb it. The water is naturally cleaned and returned to the fish tank. As a result, plants typically grow in half the time and are jam packed with nutrients that out perform most organic farms.
    How is aquaponics different from hydroponics?
    Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in a soilless medium where nutrients are added to the water for the plants to absorb. Over time, the water quality will decline and will require it to be discharged. If the water is not properly disposed of, potential contamination of streams and other water sources can occur. Aquaponics incorporates fish to provide the natural fertilizers and nutrients plants need. This simple addition, eliminates the need to add "food" for plants. Best of all, aquaponics has a built in self cleaning and filtration system that returns clean water to the fish. The only water you will be adding is to replace what the plants take up and from evaporation. There is never a need to discharge your water.
    Why is aquaponics the best way to grow food?
    In addition to having continuous access to fresh, healthy, organic and GMO - free produce, , you also have the added benefit of protein from fish.
    Food grows in half the time of traditional farming and you can grow year round.
      What can you grow in aquaponics?
      Lettuces, kales, chards, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, jalapenos, peas, green onion and asparagus
      Rosemary, thyme, oregon, cilantro, sage, chives, basil
      Lemons, blueberry, raspberry, strawberries
        What kind of fish are best to partner with in aquaponic systems?
        There are many kinds of fish that serve as helpful partners in an aquaponic system. On Czech farms we are using carps, sturgeons and catfish.
          How expensive are aquaponic systems?
          For Hobby indoor farmers it cost about 400 000 CZK per year
          For Business system it cost about 18 000 CZK per m2
            What kind of aquaponic system is best for me?
            For everybody it is very different. If you want it to do for fun or for healthy fruit and vegetables or you want to build your own business about aquaponic system.
            There are 3 types of aquaponic systems.
            Indoor - good for cold climate with long winter. Independent on sunlight and weather, but expensive and energy consuming
            Greenhouses - With growing lights for all year long production or without growing lights for seasonable growing. Good for warm climate with lot of sunlight.
            Outdoor - field systems with no cover. Cheap and easy, only for seasonable production
            Choice is yours.
              What is the most important aspect?
              Ask yourself:
              How much money do you want to spend ?
              What do you expect from your aquaponic system ?
              How much time can you spend by taking care of your system ?
              What do you want to grow and breed ?
                Feedback from our customers
                Eva Greblerova
                Inovative Gardener
                Going through the education program has been one of the most enlightening experiences of my gardening life so far. I believe the program offers exactly the right amount of information a beginner aquaponics enthusiast needs to obtain to be able to start their own farm. I can't wait to apply all of the new knowledge into actual farming even if it is in a very small scale in my case. I will definitely stay in touch and will recommend this program to all farmers interested in aquaponics.
                Allan Silberhorne
                Enterpreneur and community supporter
                It was just a gradual development over the years of cooperation within the community. Last year was the most transferable for our community business and the inovative approach and design of the development steps were very appriaciated by all. We are thinking clearer about what we eat and how we live. Thank you for the course!
                Kamil Doskočil
                Hobby farmer
                I have always been interested in new trends in agriculture. I heard about Aquaponia and became excited to know more. The basic course for Hobby gardeners helped me find the right direction for me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
                Rostyslav Senchuk
                Student, beginner farmer
                Aquaponic Acadamy really change my life. I hope that this websites will help people to think what they eat. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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