Full Size Kits
Our full kits are
made for the ultimate ease in assembly. They are pre-assembled &
do NOT require any drilling or cutting. Our goal is for you to be up
and running quickly with no need for a trip to the hardware store for a
plumbing part. Our largest series, Sanctuary, are designed to allow
expansion of your growing area later.
G-11 & G-12
our most affordable system & uses a smaller 3'X3' grow bed. It
does not expand into the Sanctuary Series but is great for those looking
for a compact system. Genesis is available in 2 models, G-11 &
G-22. The G-11 yields 11 square feet of grow bed space while the G-22
gives you 22 square feet. Genesis is the only kit we sell that does not
include the clay pebbles for the grow bed. In an effort to keep it as
affordable as possible, you can use in-expensive gravel available
locally. Everything else is included in this plug & play set up
including: Pre-cut & ready plumbing, tank stand, water test kit,
heirloom seeds, cycling nutrient, temp gauge, oyster shells & much
Series is expandable from 2 to 8 grow beds! This is our most versatile
kit and ships COMPLETE with pebbles, and everything you need to get
going. It ranges from the smallest arrangement of 32 square feet of
grow bed space up to 128 square feet. They utilize a hybrid combination
of pebble bed bio-filters with floating raft beds all of which are
4'X4' in size. This allows maximum plant growth from a 300 gallon fish
tank. The most popular variation in the Sanctuary Series is the L-32,
it consists of 1 pebble bed and 1 raft bed with all the expansion
capabilities to add many more grow beds later.
5 - 10 minutes a day!
Layouts & Variations
Fish Tank measures 51" front to back, 42" wide and 35" tall and is 300 gallons
Large Clay Pebble & Raft Grow bed measures 51"X51"X13" deep and is 100 gallons
Small Grow beds for the Genesis Series measures 45"X45"X12" deep and is 75 gallons
looking at a space you want to place a system in, use the above
dimensions & keep in mind they can be arranged in a straight line,
U-shape, or L pattern. We like to keep a 16" walkway between grow beds
but for a tight space those can be reduced to 12" or eliminated.
are many ways to set up your system. The important thing to keep in
mind is how large of a system do you need and what space limitations do
1.) How much food do you want to produce (how many people)?
2.) How much space do you have to place the system in?
To answer how much food, lets calculate the production amounts. A well
managed system could produce 10 pounds of produce per square foot of
grow bed space per year. So if you want to feed 1 person an average
of 1 pounds of vegetables per day, then that would be about 36 square
feet of grow bed space needed. This does not include the fish, which
will work out to harvesting about a 1 pound fish every 4 days (on a
system in full production mode) or so depending on your stocking
density, water temperature and type of fish.
answer question 2, take a look at the space you have, how much produce
you want to grow & then you can see what configuration will work.
One rule to keep in mind is that the pebble beds must sit to the left
& right of the fish tank and a floating raft tank must feed off of a
A Grow Bed refers to a Clay Pebble or gravel bed for growing,
a Raft Bed refers to a floating Styrofoam raft for growing your plants
Here are some standard layouts:
Sanctuary & Genesis Series
The Genesis & Sanctuary Series systems look the same but vary a bit
in design and how they can be expanded. Both use the same 300 gallon
fish tank available in 4 colors. The Genesis Series is a more
compact system using easy reach 3'X3' grow beds and a direct drive water
pump without the use of a sump tank. Genesis kits are available in 2
models, the G-11 & G-22. Sanctuary Series & Genesis Series kits
will not operate or expand with each other.
Sanctuary Series use full size 4'X4' grow beds & sump tanks. They
can be expanded into very large systems with numerous variations. They
use a combination of clay pebble grow beds and floating raft beds and
are very versatile.
The Genesis Series are only available in the following arrangements:
There are many possibilities with the Sanctuary Series, these are just a few:
how the 32's & 64's are the same size but arranged differently?
The number stands for the total square feet of grow bed space. A 32
means there is 32 square feet of grow space & the system will
produce 320 pounds of vegetables a year if it is managed well. A 64
means it has 64 square feet of grow bed space & can produce 640
pounds of vegetables in one year. Walkways can be 16", 12" or
eliminated. If you are un-sure or have a custom pattern, give us a call
or send an email with your required layout & we can customize a
system for you.
L Means the layout of the system is in an L shape
S Means the layout is in a straight line
U Means the layout is in a U shape
What is included?
The above kits include everything you need and then some:
Metal stands made from galvanized 1 3/8" pipe with adjustable legs
Clay Pebbles ARE included in all Sanctuary Series Kits but NOT included with Genesis
FDA food grade approved Polypropylene fish tank
BPA free commercial grade hydroponic ABS grow beds
Pre-Cut & ready plumbing with valves - no cutting or drilling required
Auto Siphon tuned and ready, simply plug it in
Magnetic Drive water pumps with encapsulated circuitry
High Quality aerators for ample oxygen flow to the fish & grow beds
All Air Stones and black air lines to connect to air pump
Nitrifying Bacteria from a healthy culture to jump start your system
DETAILED assembly instructions with LOTs of pictures & explanations
Owners manual with TONs of information on maintenance & tips
Access to the Customers Only web page with assembly video & much more
Daily Worksheet with detailed instruction of what to do daily & track your progress
Maxicrop seaweed extract, enough to make 1 gallon & often lasts 1 year
API Freshwater Test kit to test for pH, Nitrites, Nitrates and Ammonia levels
Level with tape measure built in, the only tool you may need is a screwdriver
Oyster Shells in a plastic netting for automatic pH adjustment
Cycling instructions with Maxicrop & Nitrifying Bacteria to get started
Expansion Ports where appropriate for future addition of grow beds
Heirloom Seeds with catalog explaining what & when to plant
Temperature gauge for monitoring water levels
The above 300 gallon
tanks can each support up to 8 grow beds (2 media & 6 rafts). The
most important thing for you to do in preparation for a kit is to have a
level place to put it. The largest system, the Sanctuary 128, you
would need a total level area min of 12'X16' or with a nice 16" walkway
between the beds you would need 12'X20'. The legs for the tank stands
are adjustable to +or- about 4" but it is still best to be as level as
Plug & Play Proven Systems
Our Roto-Molded tanks
are USDA & FDA food grade approved plastics that will not leech or
cause harm to humans or fish. Careful attention to detail and rigorous
engineering has gone into the design of every kit along with years of
proven results using the CHOP 1&2 system originally used by Murray
Hallam of Practical Aquaponics.au.
You will need a level
place for the tanks to rest and plenty of sunlight. Keep in mind the
direction the sun travels and how much will be available to the grow
beds. Be careful of overhangs and shade trees that might block the sun
in the winter (the sun is much lower in the sky during winter).
Depending on your geographic location, a greenhouse usually generates
the best results since the temperature can be controlled. If you plan
to grow Tilapia, they need the water temperature to be between 55 and
95F. Depending on where you live, you may need a tank heater or for hot
places like Phoenix you must keep the tank shaded. Also keep in mind
runoff from a roof, do not place any tanks under a gutter spout or other
high runoff area.
Your kit will
ship via freight because of the size of the tanks. They ship
nested together and although individually the tanks are very manageable,
when they ship together along with all the parts & clay pebbles
they are quite heavy. It is best once unloaded from the shipping
company truck, to unpack it there which makes transfer of the system to
your chosen spot much easier. A dolly would be handy but not required.
The heaviest component is the fish tank, without the lid it weighs
about 70 pounds but can be slid around easily or carried by 2 people.
The fish tank can also fit through most doorways when tilted sideways.
Next to that, the heaviest item is the bags of pebbles which are
about 45 pounds each.
Wicking Beds for Potatoes
Potatoes & carrots are about the only thing that do not grow well in
an Aquaponics system. A Wicking bed may be added to any system to be
able to achieve the high calorie food production of these crops. In
fact several may be added depending on how large your system is and how
densely stocked your fish tank is. If you would like to grow more fish
then the extra nutrients may be used to power a wicking bed.