Academic Aquaponic Systems

 Choi, Kale and Basil at Scadding Court Aquaponics

Choi, Kale and Basil at Scadding Court Aquaponics

In an academic setting, aquaponic systems can provide interactive research opportunities and valuable information for local farmers, while also producing healthy local food. As per our design ethos (see Consulting and Services main page), each system is tailored to your needs, constructed with locally-available materials, and treated with professionalism and dedication throughout the process.

As part of our adaptive project management approach, we also offer grant writing and project planning services in an effort to take advantage of research and funding opportunities. From grant writing to reporting research results, WaterFarmers is the ideal partner in your academic aquaponic initiative.

If you’re thinking about installing a system, review the tips below and scroll down for more information on the specific services available.


consulting services for Academic Projects

design and planning

The WaterFarmers consulting team offers a comprehensive technical and research preparation package to all academic clients. We evaluate relevant circumstances, including funding opportunities and research partnerships, and offer a variety of system options and adaptations before finalizing the optimal design. Following are the list of services available through Water Farmers in the planning stage:

  • Site Evaluation & Planning
  • Engineering Specification Design
  • System Performance Projections
  • Grant Applications
  • Custom 3D Modeling
  • Bill of Quantities
  • Material Procurement Support


engineering and construction

At WaterFarmers we believe in an on-site, hands-on approach. We make our top engineers available for on site support during the construction and build phases, offering key insight into site specific construction techniques to provide long term system stability. Depending on project circumstances, we are able to either build or subcontract the construction phase. Waterfarmers engineers will be on site to direct and supervise the construction process.

  • Construction – Work Plan Development
  • Site Preparation Supervision
  • Construction Supervision
  • Plumbing and Electrical Supervision


system conditioning

The most complex part of initiating any aquaponic system, “conditioning” determines the health of a young system and sets the course for a flourishing future. WaterFarmers engineers have, through experimental research and development, created an effective technique to condition new systems. Our approach ensures an accelerated growth from young system to full-fledged production.

  • Bacterial Culture Initiation
  • Nutrient Cycling
  • Water Quality Management


biome preparation

The Biome represents the lifeline of any aquaponic system providing the ecozone for the various micro and macro habitats that facilitate an aquaponic ecosystem.

  • Organic Seed Starting and Nursery Development
  • Fish Species Selection
  • Seedling Transplant
  • Biome Population
  • Fish Acclimatization
  • Hatchery Facilitation (Optional)


system commissioning

We implement a special step by step program for planning and maintaining the balance of nutrients by keeping the fish and plant population in sync through the cycles of seeding and harvest. For this purpose it becomes essential for all our prospective clients to understand the various steps involved in successful planning, implementation, managing and troubleshooting of a healthy aquaponic system. We offer a comprehensive on-site training as part of our services, for maintenance personnel and project owners. Remote support after commissioning is also made available to all projects as requested.

  • Maintenance Personnel Training
  • Seed & Harvest Planning
  • Plant & Fish Nutrition
  • Fruiting and Pollination
  • Water Quality Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Error Minimization
  • Pest & Disease Management
  • Certification (Organic/ Non GMO)
  • Research Initiation
  • Documentation & Handover