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Course Modules Overview

Online Courses - Desk Computer Laptop and CellphoneThis course will introduce you to the start-up and operations of an aquaponics system. The information provided is suitable to all sizes of systems – desktop all the way to large-scale commercial. What makes the Aquaponics: Operations course unique is its focus on the why. You will leave the course with an enhanced understanding of how to start and maintain your system, but also why you are required to do certain tasks.

You will be prepared for future system growth and troubleshooting.

In particular, this course covers:

  • The history of aquaponics
  • The benefits of choosing aquaponics
  • Introductory system design and build considerations
  • Biology, chemistry, and system balance
  • System water quality parameters
  • Fish maintenance
  • Plant maintenance
  • System troubleshooting
  • Markets for aquaponics’ produce

Module Information


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Module 1: Introduction to Aquaponics

After completing module 1, you will be able to:

  1. Describe what aquaponics is
  2. Describe the history of aquaponics
  3. Explain the benefits of utilizing an aquaponics system
  4. Explain the nutritional and environmental benefits of aquaponics systems
  5. Differentiate between the requirements of backyard and commercial aquaponics operations

Module 2: Introduction to Aquaponics Systems

After completing module 2, you will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the varying types of aquaponics systems
  2. Identify the introductory steps to designing your own aquaponics system
  3. Identify the plumbing-skill requirements to building your own aquaponics system
  4. Determine how to best approach and work with your municipality

Module 3: Biology, Chemistry, and Basic System Balance

After completing module 3, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy, physiology, life cycle, sustaining requirements, and aquaponics’ considerations for fish
  2. Describe the basic anatomy, functions, life cycle, sustaining requirements, and aquaponics’ considerations for plants
  3. Explain the purpose and ideal conditions for bacteria, biofilm, and nitrogen cycling in an aquaponics system
  4. Identify key components of aquaponics system balance

Module 4: Water Quality

After completing module 4, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the key parameters of water quality in an aquaponics system
  2. Explain the required levels of each parameter for system health
  3. Describe how to measure and/or account for the levels of each parameter
  4. Identify observable indications that water quality is not suitable for system health

Module 5: Fish in Aquaponics

After completing module 5, you will able to:

  1. List the most common fish used in aquaponics systems
  2. Describe how to maintain healthy fish in your system
  3. Identify fish behaviour that indicates potential issues
  4. Explain how to prevent and treat fish disease

Module 6: Plants in Aquaponics

After completing module 6, you will be able to:

  1. List the different types of plants that are well-suited to aquaponic systems
  2. Describe how to start seedlings, transplant growing plants, and harvest crops
  3. Explain common deficiencies in minerals and aquaponic growing conditions
  4. Identify how to deal with pest and diseases in plants in an aquaponics system



Technical requirements

This course can be accessed and completed from any device with a quality internet connection. Although, as not all features may be accessible from all mobile devices, it is recommended that you complete the course from a laptop or desktop. Your device requires speakers as the course contains audio.

Course Notes

This course does not require any previous knowledge of aquaponics, fish handling/maintenance, plant maintenance, or construction/building. The course does use some technical language in the description of system concepts; it is recommended that you have a sound written and and spoken English language capacity. It is also recommended that you are confident with basic computer skills.

Provided materials

All material required for this course is provided to you online.

Suggested Reading:

Downloadable student manual and free open source Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations-Small Scale Aquaponic Food Production Manual:




5 hrs

Skill Level

(see course notes above)


$49.95 + tax per person




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Introduction to Aquaponics – Online Course December 4, 2018