What is aquaponics?


First course in 2020: Saturday 1 February 2020

Kleinskuur Aquaponics Introductory Course
Learn the why and how of aquaponics, and what is the secret to making a system work well for you.
When: Saturday, 1 February 202, from 8:30 till 14:00
Where: Kleinskuur Boerdery Aquaponics: 20 km east of Pretoria, N4 –
Cullinan/Rayton off-ramp; turn right/south and drive for 800 m; turn right at the first road and drive for 1,8 km; see nethouse on your right and turn in. See our facebook page or www.ksba.co.za for google map)
How to book: Pay R1 400 into: Kleinskuur Boerdery, FNB, Branch code: 250655, Account number: 6256 921 0885.
E-mail your name, tel number and proof of payment to sales@ksba.co.za.

More info: 082-320-3642 / 012-802-0696

Deadline for bookings and payment: 28 January 2020

Background info:
Aquaponics has been identified by the European Union as one of the top ten life-changing technologies in the world, ranking up there with virtual money, autonomous vehicles and drones. Bitcoins and autonomous vehicles may be a bit out of your range, but it is quite possible to understand and practice aquaponics. A one day course on the principles of aquaponics, explaining how fish and vegetables can be grown in a closed, biological system will be presented at Kleinskuur Aquaponics just east of Pretoria.

See what people attending previous courses had to say:
“A life changing experience, amazing way to make a living.”

“Good basic overview for someone not knowing much to understand, and also lots to learn for someone already busy with aquaponics.”
“It comes from the heart, from someone understanding his subject with lots of practical experience.”

Colin will share as much of his knowledge as possible in the time available. His philosophy is: “I want everyone who starts with aquaponics, from a small home system to a commercial enterprise, to make aquaponics work, because it is the future of food production.”

Complete training manual, refreshments and lunch included

We are at the Hazel Food Market every Saturday.

Greenlyn Village Centre, Cnr Thomas Edison & Mackenzie, 0081 Menlo Park, Gauteng, South Africa

 

Kleinskuur Boerdery Co-wrote this book to help people succeed in Aquaponics.

Aquaponics addresses some of the major stumbling blocks which are present in other agricultural growing methods. The challenge aquaponic farmers face is an economic one: How do we make this work? How do we make this financially sustainable?

An international survey reviewed by Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Institutional Review Board on the profitability of commercial aquaponic farmers has results which make for interesting reading. They found only 31% of the 275 respondents were profitable in the previous 12 months. The 31% is however not indicative of the success rate of aquaponic businesses as it excludes countless failed businesses. The good news is some have made it, and they left clues as to how they made it. The principles in this book incorporate those clues to increase your chances of success.

In this book, you’ll discover:
– Some humour
– Business principles to build a thriving aquaponic business
– Practical lessons learned from aquaponic farmers
– Hacks to common aquaponic problems
– A new perspective on your value proposition
– And much more!
Get ready to position your business for success

Click here to purchase your own copy.


In aquaponics the best of both worlds meet. There is an aquaculture system with fish such as Tilapia. The waste produced by the fish in the water is converted through a bacteriological system into the nutrients plants need.

The plants act as filter for the water going back to the fish. The water gets circulated through the system the whole time. The plants are cultivated in two different ways:

  • There is a deep water culture system (DWC) where plants such as lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, kale and most types of herbs (e.g. sage, rocket, basil, parsley) are grown.
  • In the gravel bed system vegetables such as tomato, cucumber, peppers, chillies, brinjal, baby marrow, patty pans and herbs such as mint and rosemary can be grown.

healthy | natural | nutrient rich

  • It is a natural ecosystem in which no pesticides, chemicals or growth hormones can be used, because it will either harm the fish or the plants.
  • It is the healthiest nutrient rich food that can be produced in a controlled eco environment.
  • It uses 90% less water than any other agricultural system.