Backyard Aquaponics

Help from the Central Coast
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Author:  Berkeley Vale [ Jun 19th, '14, 08:30 ]
Post subject:  Help from the Central Coast

Hi all, I am reposting this here cos things have gone cold since I posted it in the newbies section and hopefully I can get some info and get our set-up happening. I didn't know that there was a schools section until after I had posted two weeks ago - is there anyone out there who can help with information and hopefully close enough to pop in and see what we have and where I would like to get our set-up set up??

Thanks in advance


I am an interested Agriculture Teacher at a High School on the Central Coast of NSW.

I have the back-up of a super keen Science Head Teacher and a Principal who is showing some interest too!

I have been talking a little to another local high school that recommended this site for information.

We have located a good spot within the school (approx 3 metres x 7 metres) which is unused and seriously could be a great aquaponics site! It is right in the middle of our school office system (sort of a central garden type area which no-one has the energy or time to maintain any more!). It is open to the skies (but could be covered over easily if recommended) and surrounded by glass windows. It is surrounded by deputies offices, the Principals office and all our office ladies work areas.

Apparently we have some money and a progressive boss who would like to see the area used instead of just sitting there.

We are approx an hours drive north of Sydney.

I am after more information and support if I can get it - maybe someone to come and have a look and tell me if this is do-able and to get us started in the right direction.

Is there anyone that you would/could recommend that would be able to help in anyway?

The area is very secure being right in the middle of the school and is very visible obviously. The system would need to be very neat and tidy and I am guessing that signage explaining what is going on would be a great thing for not only our students but also for all the visiting parents and others who frequent high schools!

Our Science Head Teacher and the Principal are quite happy for me to do all the ground work and fact finding, but as an Agriculture teacher I am already flat out chasing pigs and cows etc around so I am hopeful that once we have a system installed and running that the Science staff and students will take over.

Thanks in advance - any help, recommendations and information would be very welcome at this stage.


Author:  Charlie [ Jun 19th, '14, 09:51 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

AP can be a little overwhealming when first researching but once the basic fundamentals are understood it is really quite basic. The most simplistic system comprises of a fish tank, a grow bed, a water pump and a AC/DC backup aerator.

You have an area, now all you need is a system design within your budget and a power supply. A system using IBC's would have to be the cheapest and easiest way to go about it and you can make them look really appealing with some cladding to cover up all the framing and bladder.

If I was in your area I would happily visit and run you through it but you can find all your answers here, you just have to ask.


Author:  jayendra [ Jun 23rd, '14, 04:45 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

Hey there. If a music teacher can do it then you can!!
Looking forward to your progress.

Author:  erina george [ Aug 31st, '14, 15:17 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

I am at ERINA HEIGHTS and need to dismantle a system

Please email

Regards George

Author:  Ben G [ Aug 31st, '14, 15:32 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

Hi Simone
I am down in sydney. Happy to help, especially if it goes to education.
Pm me if you want to have a look at my system. I frequently travel up the coast and could meet at the school to have a chat.
Cheers Ben

Author:  jayendra [ Aug 31st, '14, 15:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

Have a look at my school's build here

Things I've learnt so far.
Kids like to pickup the rocks and throw them :)
Fish are fascinating and keep the food locked up - even a lockable lid.

Author:  erina george [ Sep 1st, '14, 05:38 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

could you please tell me where Warragul is

Author:  Berkeley Vale [ Sep 1st, '14, 07:15 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

Sorry guys!

I have been flat out and completely forgot to come back and check for replies.

Thanks for the message Erina George! You have reminded me to get cracking and I will ring you hopefully today when I have 5 spare seconds!

Thanks again and sorry for being so hopeless!


Author:  erina george [ Sep 9th, '14, 06:38 ]
Post subject:  Re: Help from the Central Coast

The school is taking my system in the coming holidays .
Any help would be much apreciated
I will help as much as my health will allow


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