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Aquaponic Gardening, A Step-By-Step Guide To Raising Vegetables And Fish Together [Paperback]

Sylvia Bernstein
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Sept. 19 2011

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazinglyproductive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.

Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:

  • System location considerations and hardware components
  • The living elements — fish, plants, bacteria, and worms
  • Putting it all together — starting and maintaining a healthy system.

Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting – in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.

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"This isn't just another book for dummies; this is a comprehensive handbook on how to grow real meticulously documented, that failure is not an option." -- Jeff Edwards - President, Progressive Gardening Trade Association (PGTA)"I have always wanted to put my money where my mouth is and figure out how to do sustainable aquaculture in the context of my home garden. Finally I've got the book to help me do it." — Paul Greenberg - Best Selling Author, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food"This is a delightful book to read! ... I've been involved with hydroponics and aquaculture for 30 years and still learned from reading this very thorough how-to book." — Henry A. Robitaille, PhD - Former General Manager, The Land Exhibit, Epcot Center

About the Author

Sylvia Bernstein is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source. An internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia speaks, writes and blogs extensively about this revolutionary technique. (

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new way of gardening Jan. 10 2012
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Hydroponics + Aquaculture = Aquaponics. Already, visions of fish tanks supporting planting beds (and vice versa) swims in the imagination. It may be a way to save our oceans from over fishing and provide local foods (fishes and plants). And here starts this book, explaining all the reasons why you should too be at least curious about this way of gardening. The book in itself is superb, gives enough information to start the system successfully and is well structured (divided by chapters tackling each aspects of the system like water, fish, plumbing, media, plants, bacteria and worms, and more). The only things that nocked a star out of the review :

First, the beginning of the book is a lot (a lot!) of pages that keep repeating why you should engage in this and some reasons came back multiple times.

Second, a point you have to be warned about before getting involved in this kind of system, it's a very complex system that requires a lot of "measurements" for lack of a better term. Example : A fish tank this size will acommodate X pounds of fish (it gets more complex since fishes do start small and grow up) and provide for X size of planting beds, with adequate light, with plumbing pipes of X inches, with a pump of X force... It gets a bit discouraging at some point (maybe it explains why the introduction is trying so hard to convince the reader).

Is it worth it? Yes! With this book you will have all the information required to get your own aquaponic system started. It is a good, thorough book. But if you are inexperienced in either fishes or gardening (without mentionning DIY projects), this might be too much to successfully pull it off at first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource book! Jan. 6 2013
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Sylvia has done an absolutely amazing job breaking down how to build an aquaponics system for home use. I've been trying for months to figure it all out from posted videos, forums, etc. I wish I had ordered her book on day one! Everything else makes so much more sense. I started gathering supplies today!

Aquaponics truly has the potential to change the world; if nothing else, it will change your own little corner!

Thank you, Sylvia, for writing such an amazing book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book June 27 2013
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Good book well written and worth a read , If you are interested in seting up an aquaponic system this is a good book to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book to Aquaponics April 13 2013
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I have read this book loaned from the local Library before. I was so enthusiastic about the huge amount of information delivered in this book, that I decided to buy it, to have it on hand when I start building my system. Because there is so much information in it, it will be my look up bible for the years to come.
This is the best book to the Topic of Aquaponics I have come across so far. Precise and comprehensive with clear instructions and comments of what to do an what better not to do. It gives also clear warnings which is very important to avoid costly mistakes.
This book is clearly structured and can be used down the road to look up for solutions in the process of practicing Aquaponics.
it won't be placed far from my Greenhouse.
all thumbs up for this book I can only recommend it to everybody seriously looking into this interesting topic.
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