Course: Introduction to Aquaponics

Introduction to Aquaponics – 11 November 2017. Book now! Follow this link to KragDag and book your spot online, or phone them at 087 231 1644.

See what people had to say about the first course in September:

“A life changing experience, an amazing way to make a living.”

“Good basic overview for someone who does not know much about it, yet can understand, and also a lot to learn for those who are already busy with aquaponics.”

“It comes from the heart, from someone who understands his subject with lots of practical experience.”


Live healthy and make money with vegetables and fish

Aquaponics has been identified by the European Union as one of the top ten technological developments in the world (Ten technologies which could change our lives). Some of the other developments are vehicles that run themselves, virtual currencies and three-dimensional printing.

You may not be able to do much to Bitcoins and autonomous vehicles, but it is 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 Diamantvallei, home of KragDag, on 11 November 2017.

The course will be presented by Colin and Annemarie Bremner from Kleinskuur Aquaponics, the largest aquaponic system in South Africa, which is currently being developed just around the corner from Diamantvallei.

At the end of the course you will understand how all the different parts of an aquaponic system comes together to form a balanced ecosystem.  The course will be of value to anyone who wants to set up a home system and also for farmers and investors who are interested in developing a commercial system. It is possible to make money with aquaponics and there is no need to burn your fingers!

An overview of all you need to know before you get started, will be given, including business principles and marketing. There will also be a visit on site at Kleinskuur Aquaponics to show how everything works.

No matter how big your system is, the scientific principles remain the same.


Seminar Program

  1. The biology
  • Why do we eat vegetables and fish?
  • What does a plant need to be healthy?
  • How do fish help?
  1. The substructure
  • What is aquaculture?
  • What is hydroponics?
  • How do bacteria work?
  1. Aquaponics
  • What is it?
  • How does everything fit together?
  • What should I consider before I begin?
  • What should the ratio between fish and plants be?
  • What is cycling up?
  1. Aquaponic systems
  • The home system – Hennie Steyn shows how it can be done
  • Commercial systems: What is out there in the world?
  • The Kleinskuur system: How does it work?
  • Wicking beds
  1. Systems in systems
  • Water and water flow
  • Air and air flow
  • Bacteria: Good and bad
  • Power and power needs
  • Heating and cooling
  • Measure and monitor
  • Record keeping and production planning
  1. Where do babies come from?
  • Seedlings
  • Fingerlings
  1. Do you want to make money?
  • Finding and keeping your market
  • Packaging and presenting your produce
  1. Role players and legal matters
  2. Farm visit