Welcome to the JCMHS Aquaponics Team page.  Our plan is to learn how to build and operate an aquaponics system.  On this page, we will post links to informative websites and maintain a list of Youtube videos.  I strongly recommend that you watch a few of the Youtubes to get a good understanding of aquaponics and how to get started.  If you want to get more information about our team or want to support our efforts, please email me at wburke@jchs.com.


Aquaponics Video

What is aquaponics?


http://www.aquaponicsusa.com/education/aquaponics-101-introduction.html  Has a complete course.



10 Minute Aquaponics System

$10 Aquaponics System

1.  Aquaponics small scale

2.  Backyard Aquaponics

3.  Simple Aquaponics

4.  CHOPS Aquaponics

5.  Easy backyard Aquaponics

6.  Super simple Aquaponics

7. Solar powered Aquaponics

8. $10 dollar swirl filter

9.  Radial swirl filter

10. Backyard Aquaponics (automation)

**11.  Small scale-excellent classroom model


A-Team Homework

Aquaponic Barrel System Build, Chop & Flip Style.  The Youtube video.

Hi there folks. Have knocked together this Chop & Flip Aquaponic barrel system build which I think is a great way for you to cut your teeth growing your own Aquaponic produce in a small system. The compact nature of this system means that it would easily fit in small courtyards & most balconies/decks.

I’ve included a list of parts I’ve used below as well as links to videos mentioned in the clip above.

Would love to know how you go if you decide to have a crack at building your own.

0:57 Parts

1:04 Tools

1:13 Selecting the barrel

2:00 Marking, cutting & assembling the barrel

7:22 Plumbing up the Pump

10:49 Building & installing the bell siphon

17:06 Cleaning the grow media

Chop & Flip Aquaponic Barrel Parts List.

Names of parts may vary in different countries. If they’re not available in your area hopefully you can find a suitable replacement.

1 x 200L/50gal barrel

1 x 45L/12 gal (US) expanded clay

Siphon Parts

1 meter 20mm3/4” PVC pressure pipe

1 meter 90mm/3½” PVC storm water pipe = about 4 feet of 3’ or 4’ pvc pipe

2 x 90mm/3½” PVC stormwater pipe end caps

1 x 25-20mm/1-¾” reducing coupling

1 x 20mm/¾” PVC valve socket fitting

1 x 20mm/¾” Bulkhead/Rain tank fitting

1 x 20mm/¾” PVC 90° faucet elbow

1 x 20mm/¾” PVC 90° elbow

1 x 50mm/2” Drink bottle Or 50mm/2” PVC Pipe & end cap to use as siphon bell

Pump & plumbing

1 x 20mm/¾” PVC “T” joiner

1 x 20mm/¾” PVC valve socket with “O” ring

1 x 20mm/¾” Barbed Nut & Tail with garden tap adaptor

1 x 20mm/¾” Barbed inline tap

1 x 20mm/¾” Barbed “T” joiner

1m/3’ of 19mm/¾” suitable kink free hose pipe

1000 lph/260gph aquarium pump. PLEASE NOTE Hose fitting on the pump will differ between models so check before buying plumbing parts.

Video Clips

Chop & Flip IBC build clip


Bell siphon how to clip


Setting up a grow bed & selecting grow media


Planting out in aquaponic media beds


How we release fingerlings


Growing sowing & planting guides


Aquaponic vlogs


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