Constructing The Jasper Place High School Aquaponics System, Part 1

High School Aquaponics It’s been a little over a year since students and I at Jasper Place High School assembled an aquaponics system in the school’s Culinary Arts’ classroom. The project was successful and gathered a lot of attention in the local media but all-in-all pretty small and not capable of producing as much as we want/need.

Sitting On The Aquaponics System

Original Jasper Place Permaculture Aquaponics System Plants in the original aquaponics system.





Expansion One of the great things about having had an aquaponics system at the school for over a year is knowing what you’d do differently the next time. Well, “next time” is hear and we have indeed learnt a few things:

  • Ease of Access: In terms of assessing all of the plants, we wanted to try to get things as close to table-top height (36″) as possible; I think that we ended up 38″ high. In addition, each unit will be placed a foot and a half apart to increase access to the sides and back.
  • Keep it Modular: In case we ever want to move or reconfigure the design, smaller connectable units was a better choice than one large system. In addition, each unit is assembled using bolts instead of nails or screws.
  • Build in Versatility: Though, the tops of each unit are intended for plants, the lower tanks could be used as a simple water reservoir, to hold fish, to grow duckweed (tilapia love it) or even as another grow bed.
  • Keep it Simple: The less there is the less chance there is that anything will go wrong. In our new design, we’ve combined our two (2’x3′) grow beds into a single (4’x4′) bed.

Pieces measured, cut, and ready to be assembled. Building the frames of the new aquaponics systems Looking For The Right Tools Jasper Place Students Assemble An Aquaponics System Frame Two of the four new aquaponics units

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Tilapia In Tank









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