Aquaponics Workshop

Learn how to build an aquaponics system yourself!

26 May 2012

At Mediamatic we've been experimenting with aquaponics: a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. We want to share our knowledge with you and enable you to build your own aquaponics system at home. Want to join us for this workshop? You can buy your ticket(s) online.


Building the 4-storey Aquaponics tower - Tijdens de Aquaponics Workshop van 26 mei.

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 hour-long crash course in biology by Jules Marshall.

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 specifically focused 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.

Time-lapse of the workshop

More information

The workshop takes place at Mediamatic Fabriek from 10.00 to 17.00 and costs € 50 incl. VAT. Drinks and lunch are included. After the workshop, please keep stopping by the Fabriek to check up on the tank. Soon the fish, bacteria, and vegetables will thrive in the tanks and grow beds. Please e-mail Deborah Meibergen if you have any questions. Directions on how to get to Mediamatic Fabriek can be found here.