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Workshop 4 8 English  Nederlands

Aquaponics Workshop


At Mediamatic we're in the know about aquaponics: a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. We want to continue sharing our knowledge and enable you to build your own aquaponics system at home.

What is Aquaponics?

The Aquaponic Gardening Community describes aquaponics as "the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, recirculating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. This is an environmentally, friendly, natural food-growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics, without the need to discard any water or filtrate or add chemical fertilizer."

The Mediamatic Aquaponics team is currently building an urban oasis based on this ecofriendly system.

What will you learn?

We'll start the day with an introduction to aquaponics. How does it work? How do you create a balanced eco-system in the tanks and grow beds? We'll also discuss fish, plants, and bacteria. Basically you'll get an 30-minute long crash course in biology.

Design made by Els Engel

Next, guided by our trainers, you will learn how to build an aquaponics tank from scratch. We'll have all the necessary materials at our space, where we will build the tank together as a team. It's more or less a plumbing / carpenter training focused specifically on the type of aquaponics tank we built previously at Mediamatic. By the end of the day you will know exactly what you need to build your own tank at home, and how the eco-system of the tanks and grow beds works.

More information

The workshop takes place at Mediamatic Bank, Vijzelstraat 68 in Amsterdam on Saturday July 28 from 10.00 to 18.00 and costs € 100 incl. VAT. Drinks and lunch are included. Doors open at 09.30. After the workshop, please stop by to check up on the tank. Soon the fish, bacteria, and vegetables will thrive in the tanks and grow beds. Please e-mail if you have any questions.


  • Time-lapse: Building the High Density 4 storey Edifice - 

    On Saturday May 26th approximately sixteen people gathered to build a triple-decker aquaponics tower. This marked the first public aquaponics workshop hosted by the Mediamatic aquaponics team. At Mediamatic Fabriek, Oostenburgereiland Amsterdam.