Whether you are starting with aquaponics or are an experienced practitioner, having the right information is essential. There’s a wide range of books available on aquaculture and they cover a range of beginner to expert-level topics. We consider the following list to be among the best aquaponics books. If you need to increase your knowledge of aquaponic gardening and building a DIY system, one or more of these books can help.
Aquaponic Gardening: Step-by-Step
Are you experienced with aquaponics or are you just starting? If you are a beginner, you will want to consider reading this book. It would save you money and time. The information will provide a good foundation for future exploration.
The begins with an overview of hydroponics and aquaponics. The author then covers global issues that aquaponics is addressing. Topics covered in the book include food and fish production, climate considerations, system design, growing media, and pumps.
If you are experienced with aquaculture, you might find this book a little rudimentary. It has been criticized for just gathering together all the various related sources of information on the web. To some extent, that may be true. However, we believe having all the beginner-level aquaponic system information you need in one place is quite valuable.Buy on Amazon
The Aquaponic Farmer
Have you thought about building an aquaponic grow system as a business? This book will give you the information you need to build a large scale aquaponics greenhouse and make some money from it.
The first part of the book takes you through the details of planning and building the grow system. It provides guidance on crucial considerations like fish selection and climate. For example, it covers the climate-related factors for selecting tilapia versus trout. The later parts of the book describe how to operate and optimize the system you’ve created.
Some people claim the money spent on this book is equivalent to taking a $1000 course in aquaculture. However, if you are a complete beginner, the information might be too detailed and technical for you.Buy on Amazon
Aquaponics How to Do Everything
This 600+ page user-friendly book shows you how to easily produce an abundance of fresh organic produce and plentiful healthy fish. You’ll also learn how to earn extra income or even start or operate a profitable aquaponics business if that is your desire.
At a minimum, you will be able to feed your family healthy organic food. Give away, barter and/or sell your harvest surplus. This book includes everything from beginner basics to how to operate a profitable aquaponic business. This useful resource also includes step-by-step instructions for building an aquaponics system.
We especially liked the information about how to set up an aquaponic system off-the-grid. You’ll also get an overview of various grow systems and how to select fish and plants.Buy on Amazon
Aquaponics for Beginners
This book is another great resource for beginners. Don’t expect deep technical detail, but the information in this covers the essential topics: planning, cost/benefit analysis, fish selection, plant selection, and pest management.
If you’re interested, there is some advanced coverage of topics like Biological Service Area (BSA) and biological filters. When you are scaling up your system, this information can be invaluable.
One thing you won’t in this book is details about pump or ventilation design. Again, this is more for learning the basics of aquaponics. You’ll want an intermediate or advanced to actually build your system.Buy on Amazon
Aquaponic Design Plans
If you need an intermediate to advanced coverage of aquaponic topics, this book may be a good fit for you. This book covers grow systems like Deep Water Culture and Nutrient Film Technique. There plenty of information to decide whether or not to use those systems and how to run them. There is similar coverage of the best types of fish.
This book gives you parameters, formulas and recommends best practices for designing and operating a system. The author provides advice about the water pump requirements, the size of the piping you need. They also cover the type of different chemicals (nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, oxygen, etc.) that you must apply correctly to keep the system operating correctly.Buy on Amazon