30 people attended Murray's latest Brisbane-based 4 day Aquaponics seminar, and were delighted with the training they received.


Below are outlines of the content for each style of seminar.

Discover Aquaponics: One Day Seminar

At the Discover Aquaponics Seminar, attendants learn the essentials of aquaponics such as designing a system best suited to them, learning to grow plants, fish care and plumbing.

Course Outline:

Aquaponics From My Perspective
What Is Aquaponics?
Methodology - Various Operating Systems
Worms In AP
Advantages - Fish & Plants
System Design
Water Testing, Nutrient Quality, Fish Handling Outside, Plumbing, Auto-Siphons, Seed Raising
Taste Test/ Feedback & Questions - useful websites


Discover Aquaponics Extended: Two Day Seminar 

During this extended course, Murray will teach you all the essentials of aquaponics and elaborate on.

Course Outline:

Day 1

  • Discover Aquaponics
    • What is Aquaponics
    • Aquaponics description/history
    • What you can grow (Plants/Fish)
    • The Aquaponic advantage
    • Is Aquaponics “Organic”?
  • Cycling a new system
    • The Nitrogen Cycle
    • Cycling without fish
    • Cycling with fish
    • Recycling nutrients
    • Environmental parameter
  • System Parameter
    • pH
    • Dissolved oxygen (DO)
    • Temperature
    • Conductivity (EC)
  • Water Chemistry
    • Managing system chemistry
    • Nutrient origins
  • Protected Aquaponics
    • Why protect?
    • Protection criteria
    • Climate control
    • Structure types
    • Geodesic domes
    • Hoops houses
    • Heating & cooling methodologies
    • Layout planning
  • Dragon Heaters
    • Wood-burning combustion chamber technology
  • Practical Workshops (A)
    • Dragon heaters
    • Greenhouse system inspections
    • Backup systems

Day 2 


  • Types of Aquaponic Systems
    • Media Grow Beds
    • Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)
    • Deep Water Culture
    • Wicking Beds
  • System Design
    • Pumps, plumbing, siphons, timers
    • CHOP, CHOP 2, FloMedia
    • Filters, clarifiers, swirl filters, canisters
  • Fish and Plants
    • Fish diseases/treatment
    • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
    • Common plant diseases
    • Nutrient balance/shortfall
    • Compost
    • Vermiculture
    • Grow bed health
    • Which fish species to choose
    • Fish food
  • Practical Workshops (B)
    • Home system build, plans, liner, specifications
    • Water testing, aeration devices, fish handling
    • Seed raising, planting, pruning, buffering the system

Living The Dream: Four Day Seminar

Murray will help you make your commercial aquaponics dream a reality.

Course Outline: 

Day 1 
Course Descriptor:

Introductions, Greenhouse inspection and overview
Planning the Farm, Finance, Materials, Infrastructure
How does it work? Nitrogen cycle, pH, O2, Disease & Nutrients.
Filtration. Types, choices
Crop choice, Plants and fish. How to
Marketing my product/business, variation to pricing and value adding, branding
Introduction to local/state legals

Day 2

Farm style. FloMedia, DWC, NFT, MBB
Design, Construct, Erect. Construction methods/choices
Greenhouse considerations. Covered growing
Choices in Grow Media

Insect control, disease control in plants / fish
Microbiology & water chemistry
Q & A session

Day 3

Educational Tour
Nutrient availability
Plumbing, Pumps, Solar, Backup, Legals (2)
Marketing (2) Internet, Sundry marketing, Farm gate sales +

Day 4

Construct, assemble and erect. (2)
Greenhouse technology, heating, cooling
FloMedia technology and its additions and variations
Bio security
Final Q&A session

PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of course content. Hand out notes and other material will be made available during the course.
We reserve the right to change, add to or alter any aspect of the training as the need arises.

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