Home Aquaponic System Update: 2 Months In

In just two months, our home aquaponics system is churning out lettuce and basil and the tomato plants are growing unbelievably well.

A few notes:

  • Cilantro and pepper plants are currently stunted - but haven't died - which could be related to water ph.
  • There is still a healthy population of aphids on some of the plants (they tend to enjoy the peppers the most and definitely stay away from the basil plants).
  • We installed an automatic fish feeder which allowed us to leave for two weeks. When we returned the plants had taken over and had grown into the grow light causing a bit of burning on some of the leaves. It was nice not having to worry about a drought or animals destroying the grow bed.
  • We are eating the lettuce and feeding it to the turtle and fish.
  • Having different types of  fresh basil on hand is certainly nice for cooking. The best part is that we don't have to worry about it going bad in the refrigerator.
  • We have added red wiggler worms to the growing media to consume the solid waste.

Here are a few updated photos of the system.

Home Aquaponics


Hey Jake,

Its great to see what you're up to with your aquaponics system. I've currently got a planted aquarium and I'd like to add an aquaponics component in the coming months. I'm actually here in Madison on the east side. I'd love to pick your brain about the system sometime. Seems like you're using a flood and drain set up? Look forward to hearing from ya.