Aquaponics Workshop

Learn how to build an aquaponics system

11 Jan 2013
31 Dec 2016

At Mediamatic we're in the know about aquaponics: a sustainable food production system that combines the cultivation of vegetables and fish. We continue to share our knowledge by organizing workshops that enable you to build your own aquaponics system at home. Want to participate? Buy your ticket(s) online.


Aquaponics system in Mediamatic greenhouse - Built during the workshop on Jan 11th Saro Van Cleynenbreugel

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. Find out more here.


Building up a new aquaponics system - At the Aquaponics workshop Aleksandra Kalashnikova

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.

What will you learn?

We start the day with an introduction to aquaponics and a crash course in biology. Next, guided by our trainers, you will learn how to build a vertical aquaponics farm from scratch. By the end of the day you will know exactly how to build your own system at home, and how the eco-system of the fish tank and grow beds works.


Making holes for the siphone - During Aquaponics workshop Aleksandra Kalashnikova



Measuring and preparing IBC for the Aquaponics tower - During the Aquaponics workshop Aleksandra Kalashnikova


Working hard - During the Aquaponics workshop Aleksandra Kalashnikova

More information

The workshop takes place at Mediamatic Fabriek on Friday January 11 from 10 am to 6 pm. Drinks and lunch are included. Click here for the route to our Fabriek. Participation costs € 145,19 including 21% VAT. We give a 30% culture discount to freelancers, students and employees of cultural organisations. If this applies to you please click 'buy a ticket' and fill in 'C-korting' in the discount code field. You can buy one more more tickets at once. For questions please contact Deborah Meibergen or call her at: 020-6389901.


Adding Clay Pebbles to the Aquaponics tower - During the Aquaponics workshop Aleksandra Kalashnikova

NRC Next

Read an article NRC Next wrote about our aquaponics project (in Dutch).


Cutting IBC's during the aquaponics workshop - Aleksandra Kalashnikova