Building Aquaponic Systems

with Saro van Cleynenbreugel

27 Sep 2020

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. It is one of the best ways to produce food in the city, because it hardly takes up any space. It is also a water efficient method of produce. As the fish excrement feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish, not a drop of water is wasted. In this workshop, you will learn how to build a miniponics system, a miniature, home-edition of the bigger aquaponics towers.

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Close up from one of the Aquaponics systems - In the Aquaponics installation we grow vegetables and fish together. The fish poo in the water, and with that water we nourish our plants.

What you will do

The workshop will start with a thorough introduction to aquaponics, while having a tour of the Dijkspark and the Aquaponics Garden. After the introduction, the group will start building an aquaponics farm together. After the workshop, you will know how to build an aquaponics system at home, how the ecosystem works, some of the basics of biology, some plumbing and a bit of carpentry.

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 eco-friendly system, which you can come and visit during our open tours.


Workshop: Building Aquaponic Systems
Sunday, 27th of September, 12:00 - 16:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: Full price €75 | Student / Artist / Stadspas €53* (incl. €1 administration costs)

*We give a discount to students and artists. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option. For questions please e-mail

Attendance limited to 12 people. We maintain a minimum of 6 participants.

Please note that (unless everyone speaks Dutch) this workshop will be held in English.

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