Setting Up A Home Aquaponic System

Setting Up A Home Aquaponic System

Setting Up A Home Aquaponic System

Setting up a home aguaponic system is relatively easy, our frame was completed in about 1 hour. Recently I was at a class, totally unrelated to gardening, and as I do, I was talking to someone, and they told me about aquaponics. I had never heard of it, but I liked the concept immediately. In a previous post on Tales for the Trail, I briefly discussed  aquaponics  and why you might want to give it a try, if you missed that post and want to know more, check it out, Why I Tried Aquaponics

I found this type of gardening so intriguing  I had to get involved so I set out to our local pond store and I came home  with everything for setting up our home aquaponic system except  fish and plants.


I Was Feeling Overwhelmed With Setting Up A Home Aquaponic System

So we unloaded a rather large box of metal pieces, nuts and bolts that would need to be assembled as the frame for our system. Let me tell you, I was capital “O”, OVERWHELMED!  I did not inherit any  “mechanical genes”,  apparently my brother got all of those, so needless to say I was worried that I was in over my head but  I decided to give it a try. So me and the 8 year old were at it once again, and guess what? We did it!

Here I am working hard to put things together

setting up home aquaponic system

Setting Up Aquaponic System







As my dad use to say, “honey, if all else fails, read the directions”. We read the directions and we built the frame for our home aquaponic system, we were estatic! We felt such a sense of accomplishment, I had never tackled something like this before let alone with an 8 year old.

On the first day, and only 1 hour of time invested into setting up a home aquaponics system, we got the frame put together. Here’s  our almost finished product.


Setting up home aquaponic system

The Frame for Aquaponic System

We still have a way to go but we are hooked and looking forward to setting up the rest of the home aquaponic system, getting our fish and planting our garden. It has been a learning process and a great sense of accomplishment for me and the 8 year old. I know I said I would show you the finished product but you will have to wait for one more post, hang in there it will be worth it. Good things take time.

Until Next Time, Happy Trails



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  1. Rachel

    Looking forward to seeing the results! Such an interesting concept.

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thanks Rachel for your comment, would love to give you a tour real soon!

  2. Annie James

    Well well darlin’, you are getting there, would you please hurry it up,by the time you get the next post up it will be winter and you will have eaten all those beautiful veggies. Get along cowgirl, get a move on!! xx Annie

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Really Annie! I am working as fast as I can…I will get to it, hold your horses girl! How is Montana treating you?

      • Annie James

        Montana is as beautiful as ever, come on up for a visit..

  3. Looks exciting! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, and showing the pictures! I’m such a “visual” person – the pictures really help! BTW – I love the flower on your hat!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thank you Lisa for your comment, I got my hat at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festivl this year. You can read about it on my blog if you like. Thanks again

  4. Congrats, the frame looks gorgeous, it seems such a huge work to me… Can’t wait to see the final result !

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thank you Clara, the frame was a biggie for me, I am not very good at setting up things like this but we did it, thanks for your comment!

  5. It’s starting to look great, Lisa! I’m curious to see how it’s gonna look in the end 🙂

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      I am working on the final post now and will have it posted this week. Thanks Delia for stopping by!

  6. First time I heard of this, I would love to see the final work!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thanks Remy! I am just finishing part 3 should have it out today…stay tuned for more aquaponic adventures 🙂

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