This is an 8-Weeks Online Course taught by Murray Hallam
Welcome to the Aquaponics Design Course. This course is one of a kind, being taught by Murray Hallam, a veteran in the Aquaponics industry. Murray has been building, researching and teaching Aquaponics for over 10 years. He has taught Aquaponics to hundreds of students all over the world and is regarded as a premier teacher. His Aquaponics Master Classes are much in demand.
We invite you to join this new extended 8 week Online course and benefit from Murray’s years of experience and research in developing Aquaponics systems that really work.
From the comfort of your lounge room at a time convenient to you, the course will roll out over successive weeks, 8 modules of video lessons. You can start watching as soon as you enroll. Join classmates in discussing lessons and Murray will be on hand to answer all your questions. If you have been watching the free videos on murrayhallam.com you will know what an effective teacher Murray is.
Murray’s mission is for students to not just study Aquaponics but to act on their knowledge. Many students have taken the course and gone on to great success. Some have secured the health of their family others have prosperous new businesses.
Growing pure food, and growing food locally is Murray’s passion and he hopes it is yours too. We invite you to take this learning journey together and become part of Murray’s world wide Aquaponics family.
The Aquaponics Design Course caters for all skill levels. From an absolute beginner to someone who has been operating their own system for a while and are ready to scale up.
Murray has had people enroll who had just discovered Aquaponics and then wanted to develop a large commercial system. His 4-day Master Class course allowed many students to have the skill-set and confidence to head in that direction.
People of all ages have taken Murray’s courses successfully. Schools are developing Aquaponics as part of their curriculum. Some mid-career people see it as an opportunity to start a new business and some people just want to learn how to grow their own healthy fish and vegetables easily.
No prerequisite qualifications are necessary. You will be taken through a progression of learning from the basics, right through to advanced training.
A broadband Internet connection for video streaming is essential. The videos are not available for download. However, the beauty of Online training is that you can watch the videos repeatedly.
You will need about 3 hours per week to participate in the lessons, but that is anytime you choose, day or night.
The course can be watched on your desktop, tablet or mobile device.
The other essential component is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!
The course is presented using VIMEO*. If you can watch vimeo on your browser, you can watch and
participate in the course.
Aquaponics is an ideal system to fill the demand of growing numbers of consumers who want pure, fresh locally grown food. Food miles can be few and a diverse number of products can be grown.
Chefs are continually on the look-out for niche ingredients and seasonal produce with exceptional quality. Forming a relationship with local restaurateurs is something Aquaponic entrepreneurs are doing successfully.
Farmers’ markets are booming and offer producers the chance to benefit from higher profits, by removing the middleman and selling food directly to consumers.
The rising interest in organic food and its health, ethical and environmental benefits, has added to the popularity of farmers’ markets.
Aquaponics farming avoids pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and attracts higher prices for produce.
People want to know where their food comes from and connect with the grower. Box systems or CSA’s where people subscribe to weekly deliveries of produce is another way Aquaponics growers market into their communities.
Aquaponics is scalable. You can start off with a small farm system and scale up as resources and markets develop.
There is a marked difference in operating a system for profit as opposed to a home system, in terms of productivity and efficiency. When you are making a living, decisions are crucial. Murray will show you how to streamline your operation and calculate ratios and timings for optimum performance.
If you want to start a business using Aquaponics, Murray knows it doesn’t start at the build. There are many factors to consider which he will outline and provide you in the course. You will receive the tools to make informed decisions about your business.
Murray will explain in depth the components and functions in his model for Commercial Aquaponics systems, which have been built in various configurations throughout the world. Graphics and animations allow you to see exactly how they work. Interviews with students who are successful in business will give you an insight into what is possible.
This course will teach you how to build a system for your situation which will reap you rewards.
To get you started Murray will show you how to build 4-different home systems. We have step by step instructions. You will learn what is required and exactly how to do it. Even if you’ve never held a hammer or operated a saw, Murray has designed a small aquaponics system that you can build anywhere in the world based on commonly accessible material. Why not start building one during the course and jump straight into it? Build your home system or make it a training system before you go on to bigger things.
The Indy 11.5 plan set is a popular plan for a large home system which contains all the elements of the bigger systems. Murray usually sells this plan for $197 and is giving it to his students for free.
Build this robust and productive aquaponic system using this comprehensive plan set.
The Plan Set contains 16 full-colour A3 pages, plus over 40 pages of A4 building instructions, including a complete list of materials required.
Two different lay-outs are covered in the Plan Set - one with grow-beds side-by-side, for a wider space configuration, and another with beds in a straight line, for a longer, narrower spaces, such as down the side of a house.
This plan has all the elements of a commercial system and can be used as a basis for many larger designs.
At the beginning of each week, you will be given a chapter of notes you can download for each class module. These, you can print and compile into a handbook as a permanent reference.
You can also take the lists of requirements to the hardware shop, utilize the record sheets and have the facts at your fingertips. They will be a great support to your learning and you can add your own notes to them.
As a special bonus for being part of this course, you get free access to Murray’s top 3 DVDs in streaming format. Aquaponics Made Easy explains the basics, Aquaponics Secrets takes you to the next level and DIY Aquaponics teaches you how to make a kit system. These videos are yours to enjoy, just for signing up to the course. Valued at AU$120. Aquaponics has never been this much fun!
Just like in a classroom, you are encouraged to ask questions after viewing each video lesson, so you can quickly build your knowledge base.
Each video varies from 5 min to 20 mins in duration. There are no boring white-board discussions in Murray’s course. Each lesson is illustrated with video, animation or graphics to illustrate core concepts.
You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like beneath each lesson. Murray will be on hand to clarify any aspect of the course.
You can post your suggestions or comments below each video and read other student responses as well.
We are so confident that you will be delighted with Murray Hallam’s Online Aquaponics Design Course that we will offer you a full 7 day money back guarantee if you find the course is not for you. Just email a support ticket advising our staff and we will refund you the full price. You get a full 100% refund with no questions asked. How good is that? You have nothing to lose!
Enjoy weekly live calls with Murray Hallam. Murray will be on hand to answer your class questions in a live webinar and guide you over any design tips you need to know.
You’ll be advised in our weekly newsletter the exact time the webinar will be held and if you miss out - don’t worry, you’ll still be able to gain access and watch a recorded version later at your convenience.
At completion of the Aquaponics Design Course you are automatically enrolled in our Fibreglass Tank manufacturing Course valued at USD $500.
Fibreglass is one of the most inert and longlasting materials you can use to build your own dream aquaponics system.
Murray Hallam as a former boat-builder and fibreglass tank manufacturer, will show you all the tips of the trade, how to build the moulds, work with resins, solve problems, fix leaks and build your own tanks for use in your own aquaponics systems or to build aquaponics tanks for sale.
Well made fibreglass tanks will last for over 50 years. Unlike plastic tanks, they can be repaired if damaged.
You will no longer be limited to working with off the shelf international bulk containers or commercially available blue barrels when making your own systems.
Learn the details of making your own fish tanks, sump tanks, grow beds, header tank and swirl filters.
It’s terrific value and a necessary skill for any budding aquaponics designer!
When you’ve completed our flagship Aquaponics Design Course, it’s time to put all that theory into practise.
Come along on this new adventure, where Murray Hallam builds a farm system from scratch, based on all the knowledge you’ve gained.
Knowing the theory is not enough. You need to see all the theory put into practical action.
This farm was built for a student who did our course and now wants to grow all his vegetables for his restaurant.
This mini-course explains the process of building a small 6 x fishtank aquaponics farm inside a 50m x 10m greenhouse located in Queensland, Australia.
Everything you’ve learned in the Aquaponics Design Course is now demonstrated in practise - from plumbing the sumps, header/distribution tank to the swirl/settlement tanks and mineralisation tank.
Follow Murray Hallam in this three month adventure building an aquaponics farm system from start to finish! All our previous students get access to this course for free. How good is that?
Building an aquaponics system from gleaning information online can be problematic. Sourcing fittings, valves, pumps and tanks in your country can be very frustrating when you’re just starting out and need expert guidance.
That’s why we give you immediate access to our Aquaponics Community Forum. It’s where you’ll meet new friends from our previous Online courses. Years of shared experience and knowledge..
Here you’ll meet new friends, commercial farmers, academics and experienced designers sharing their tips and suggestions. You’ll enjoy hanging out, swapping stories and learning from real experience - which pumps to avoid, what fittings work best and other aquaponic secrets.
Many students use the forum to meet other aquaponic designers in their country to connect and visit their farms.
ENGAGEMENT - APPROX 3 HRS PER WEEK
The course material will be available for 12 months from the commencement date of the course.
Introduction Week 1
Chapter 1 Course Handbook pdf
Aquaponics from Murray's Perspective - 21mins Aquaponics- the Basics - 22mins
History of Aquaponics - 8mins
Cycling the System - 11:20mins
System Components - 3:45mins
DWC - 5:50mins
Media Beds - 15mins
NFT - 4:15mins
Water Flow Loops - 6:15mins
Keep it Simple - 8:15mins
AusyFish Interview - 22mins
Bath Tub Build Instructions
Week 1 Closing Words
Introduction Week 2
Week 2 Course Handbook
Hydroponics V Aquaponics - 6:45mins
Decoupled Systems - 6:30mins
Parameters - 8:35mins
Water Testing - 17:20mins
Why Does pH Trend Down - 10:50mins
Additives for Adjusting pH - 14mins
Water Source - 14:10mins
Autosiphons - 13:40mins
Calculating Flow Rates -13mins
Aeration and Filtration - 2:30min
When To Add a Filter -3:20mins
Dissolved Oxygen - 6:30mins
Back Up Systems - 13min
Vertical Growing - 7 mins
How to Build GroPocket Towers -18mins Ausyfish Packing Fish for Sale - 8:40mins Week 2 Closing Words
Quiz Week 2
Introduction Week 3
Week 3 Course Handbook
Plumbing Components - 22mins
Reusing Plumbing Fittings - 3:10mins
What is FloMedia ? 5:45mins
FloMedia Walk Through - 10:45mins
FloMedia Water Flow Gravity - 3mins
FloMedia Timber Bed Construction - 8mins Folding the Liner - 5mins
FloMedia Drilling Holes - 2:30mins
FloMedia- Floating Rafts - 1:40mins
FloMedia Polystyrene - 4mins
FloMedia Maintenance - 1:30mins
FloMedia Pest Control - 1:55mins
Acclimatising Seed - 2:20mins
Papaya Seed Saving 4 mins
FloMedia Seed Saving - 4:50mins
FloMedia Conclusion - 3:50mins
Raising the Grow Beds 4:10mins
Cleaning the Media Beds 6 mins
Pine Combo Kit Build A -12mins
Pine Combo Kit Build B -10:40mins
Pine Combo Kit Build C - 15mins
Pine Combo Kit Build D - Fish Tank 5:15mins AusyFish Netting and Sizing - 7:14 mins
Week 3 Closing Words
Week 3 Quiz
Introduction Week 4
Week 4 Course Handbook
Introduction to the Indy System - 3.20mins
Indy 11.5 System Plans - 21.50mins
Indy23 Overview -13.20mins
Indy The Sumps - 3mins
Indy Water Flow 1 - 3:45mins
Indy Mineralisation - 11:20mins
Settlement Tanks - 5.50mins
Radial Flow Filter 1- 2:19mins
Building a Wicking Bed- 18:30 mins
Introduction to the Twindy - 9.50mins
Twindy Owner Interview - 23.30mins
Growing Seedlings - 14:30mins
Building on a Slope Intro - 2:20mins
Building on a Slope - Case Study - 15:30mins Building on a Slope Summary - 3:30min
Week 4 Closing Words
Week 5 Introduction
Week 5 Course Handbook
UVI System Explained - 28min
Commercial Filters - 7.10mins
Commercial - Farm Tour in Hong Kong - 13.10mins
Commercial - Running A Hybrid System - 13:20mins
Commercial Aeration System - 6:20mins Commercial Aquaponics Solving Problems - 3.30mins
Common Problems -7:31
Hoop Greenhouses - 8mins
Passive Heating - 6:30 mins
Fish Health Checklist - 9.50mins
Salting New Fish - 4 mins
Calming Fish with Cloves - 8.05 mins
What to Feed Your Fish - Alternatives - 7mins Ausyfish Raring Fish in Ponds - 14.30mins Week 5 Closing Words
Quiz Week 5
Introduction Week 6
Week 6 Handbook
1. Pumps -Water -11:45mins
Going Solar- 6 mins
2.Pumps-Solar - 2:40mins
3. Pumps- Fail Points in 24V pumps - 6:40mins Solar The Battery Bank- 5:30mins
Solar Conclusion - 1:25
Fixing Nutrient Deficiencies - 6:10mins
Plant Nutrient Deficiency -Blossom End Rot - 2:15mins
An Example of Pythium - 4 mins
Plant Nutrients 1 - 2mins
Plant Nutrients 2 - 7mins
Plant Nutrients 3 - 3.30mins
Pollinating Tomatoes in Oman - 2.20mins Brix Testing Fruit
Introduction to Pest Management - 6:50mins Pest Management 2 - 6mins
Pest Management 3 -16mins
Case Study lli' lli farms Hawaii 13:40mins Case Study Pedros Farm - 18:40mins
Increasing Your Grow Bed Space - Glen Martinez 7:30mins
Week 6 Closing Words
Quiz Week 6
Introduction to Week 7
Week 7 Handbook
Commercial Aquaponics Mega Farms - 3.20mins Fish Stocking Densities - 11mins
Commercial Nutrient Density - 15:15mins Commercial Nutrient Density 2 - 7mins
Horticultural Lighting - 8:40mins
Growing Under Lights Case Study -13mins Growing Under Lights- Live Local Organics Oregon -7mins
Commercial Aquaponics Farm Owner Interview - 9:30mins
Interview With A Commercial Designer - 24:50mins
Interview with Leon Yeo - 9:25mins
Introduction to Oman System - 16 mins
Oman Pilot System Explained - 11 mins
Oman - Using a Civil Engineer - 6.20mins Deciding What to Grow
Oman Farm Produce Success - 8.05 mins Week 7 Closing Words
Quiz Week 7
Week 8 Introduction
Week 8 Handbook
How Big Should My Farm Be? - 8:10mins Designing for Profit 1 - 25mins
Designing for Profit 2 - 29.50mins
Oman Farm Designer Interview
Case Study Manna Farms Korea 1 -22mins Manna Farms Korea 2- 9:40mins
Manna Farms Korea 3 - 6mins
Manna Farms Korea 4 - 9:45mins
Manna Farms Korea 5 - 9mins
Manna Farms Korea 6 -11:55mins
Introduction to Madhavi Farm, India-12mins Madhavi Farm Owner Interview - 16.20mins Designing Madhavi Farm - Interview Arvind 16:50mins
Greenhouse Design and Filtration- India - 16mins
Madhavi Farm - Filtration 10mins
Madhavi Farms - Daily Checklists
Madhavi Farm - Solar Power System - 5minsCharging Microbial Diversity -11.30mins Business Plan Tool - Simple 2:15
Business Plan - Detailed 5:30mins
Mind Mapping - 6:25mins
Design Exercise Criteria 15:50mins
Closing Words from Murray
Quiz Week 8
Design Exercise Submission
Aquaponics Made Easy 1hr 35mins
Aquaponic Secrets 1hr 50mins
Aquaponics the First 12 Months - 115mins IBC Build - 46mins
Airlift Pumps with Glenn Martinez -17:35mins Airlift Pumps in Aquaponics-14:20mins
Home Air Lift and Compost Chamber System - 9mins
Murray on 60minutes
Aquaponics Health Benefits
Growing Massive Papaya
Feeding A Family of Four
The Aquaponics Diet
Design Case Study - Philippines Orphanage Easy and Simple Filtration
Solving Plant Root Problems
The Secret To Growing Bigger Lettuce
Compost Tea Brewer in Your System
Feeding Your Fish Land or Ocean Catch
Heating Your Greenhouse Over Winter
Finding An Alternative to Fish Pellets
Keeping New Fish Healthy
Powering Your System with Solar
Growing Medicinal Herbs and Plants
Bonus Fiberglass Tank Course and Small Farm Build Courses and Carousel Aquaponics Course are available at completion of the Aquaponics Design Course
When the course is completed and if you wish to be certified, you will be required to submit Online, a design for an Aquaponics system.
Murray will explain all the requirements in Week 8 of the course. By then you should feel very confident you can tackle any project big or small.
You will be required to submit a design with supporting documentation.
We want you to demonstrate that you have a full understanding of what is required to build a fully functional and profitable system.
You will have 30 days after the course has finished to complete and submit your design.
If your submission is successful and you have completed the course requirements, you will be awarded an Aquaponics Design Certificate.
Each certificate is hand signed and dated by Murray Hallam and will be awarded by the Aquaponics Institute of Australia.
The original certificate will be posted to your address any where in the world.
Aquaponics is a new industry. We constantly revise our content and update our course material in every online course we run as new cutting edge knowledge and improved techniques are devised.
We have students do this same course from over 112 different countries and states around the world. Even Siberia and Alaska!
We pride ourselves in showing you real aquaponic farms around the world as case studies and we share the farm owner’s techniques to get a better return on their investment.
Best of all, we visit our successful student farms, some over one acre in size and share their knowledge gained so you don’t make the same mistakes.
We show you various methods people employ to boost your own aquaponics system whether you intend it to be a small home system or a large farm. The methods you will learn work for home or larger commercial systems.
Leon Yeo, who has completed Murray Hallam’s Aquaponics course now has gone on to design and build three large commercial aquaponic farms in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
These are large installations, with the Chinese greenhouse currently being built, is a massive one hectare plant. The other greenhouse in Hong Kong is smaller at about 2,200 square meters.
Leon as the CEO handles the marketing and operations of all facilities. Leon says the organic market is two or three times the price of conventional food so people see opportunity. “Supply always lags demand.”
“A lot of people are demanding organic food but right now the supply is not getting there. One of the reasons if that a lot of people are using conventional organic cultivation methods to grow vegetables and the supply is not satisfactory to meet the demand. The cost of production is high (for regular farming), therefore it cannot attract capital.” He said.
The main reasons he cited was the labor cost and the yield is not as high as conventional chemically based agriculture.
“Aquaponics does it better,” he said, “because it uses less space, less labor and produces a lot of yield.”
A lot of people are concerned about food safety problems and food purity issues of food grown in China. The rising middle class demand cleaner vegetables and are prepared to pay the higher prices that Aquaponics grown produce commands.
Leo says he sees great potential in aquaponics reaching a broader Chinese market at a price where everyone can afford to buy organic produce.
Arvind Venkat, is the founder of WaterFarmers Aquaponics, a pioneering professional Aquaponic system design consulting group, which is dedicated to providing turnkey solutions for Aquaponics as a sustainable food production system around the world.
A graduate of Murray Hallam’s aquaponics courses, Arvind has gone on to build commercial systems in Canada, India, Oman, Bahrain and Hong Kong.
“We have about 12 farms so far,” he said, “and we’re planning our thirteenth now.” “We’ve done hybrid
systems, media beds, floating raft, deep water culture, wicking beds and we’re trying out verticals as well.”
When asked about jobs in Aquaponics, Arvind says there is a strong future for good designers in Aquaponics. “Its not an easy lifestyle.” He says, “There’s a lot of traveling that goes with it. A lot of hard work and a lot of team work.”
Arvind has about 12 people dispersed around the world that consult with his company designing Aquaponics systems. “Back home in Canada we have a group of four people.”
“Together, we’ve managed to come up with this business model that can really cut it.” He said. “I would encourage anyone that wants to take this on because we need more people who are designing good systems around the world.”
“But I strongly, suggest that people first build their own farms, build their own systems first, develop themselves up in scale. Don’t go out there and start developing a ten acre farm right off the back.”
“We’ve built R & D systems and we’ve run them for four to six years before we’ve committed to anything commercial and we still R & D to get the answers into the future.” He said.
Back in 2014, two young Korean students, Aaron Park an industrial design student and his friend and business partner Taebyong Jeon attended one of Murray Hallam’s Aquaponics courses held on his farm in Brisbane Australia. They had already experimented with Aquaponics in their parents basement but wanted to learn more.
In class they were both polite but very quiet asking only a few questions. Murray Hallam was worried that they did not sufficiently understand his Australian accent.
He needn’t have worried because within three years, both partners had taken the Aquaponics concept and spread it over six large greenhouses in central Korea building a brand known as MannaBox CEA.
With an Internet user base of over 10,000 subscribers to their lettuce in a box system, they quickly established a turnover of over $1.2 Million US dollars per month! Growing over 40 different vegetables they quickly diversified into boutique pesto in a bottle sauce mixes, relishes as well as other ideas like packaging Kale for the home juicer market.
The company has grown and employs over 60 full time staff and have a modern dining kitchen that feeds all staff very healthy and nutritious meals.
Different greenhouses are used to grow different produce. They have a greenhouse that only grows Kale based on wicking beds fed by fish waste. There is also a special nursery seedling greenhouse. The partners are also looking at growing eels as an exotic delicacy for the Korean market rather than low end value fish.
Korea would not be without automated electrical innovations that keep the greenhouse at a stable temperature over winter when temperatures can plummet to minus 20 degrees centigrade. The glasshouse have a bevy of triple layered shade cloth that automatically traps heat in over winter as well as automatically venting the enclosure over summer. Ironically the large volume of water always in play helps keep the farm stable over the changing seasons.
Because South Korea imports close to 90% of it’s food requirements, MannaBox have seen remarkable expansion in their company growth. So much so that young people from the cities have gone back to farming in the rural area of Lwol-Myeon where their aquaponics farms are now based.
CEO Aaron Park explained that its not unusual to see growth in demand of 19% each month.
An Aquaponics Course is only as good as the students it produces. Here are some examples from our Online course student designs.
Assessing designs is always a treat for Murray Hallam to ensure that students have understood the course and are confident in designing their own systems.
You don’t have to be proficient in expensive CAD drawing or architectural visualization software. A simple pencil and paper sketch is sufficient for assessment that demonstrates your understanding of water flows and system design.
Because this is an interactive course, we are only taking limited numbers of students. Students are taught by Murray Hallam in a 8-Week Aquaponics Design Course that has a number of weekly video lessons that will teach you the basics of design, right up to mid-system and beyond to full dynamic commercial aquaponics systems.
No. You are encouraged to ask questions and interact with Murray Hallam after each video lesson. Common questions will be answered Online with weekly conference calls where questions can be answered in a live seminar.
USD $997. We accept Stripe and Paypal payment
Student registrations open three times per year - in March, July and October. Usually on the first Sunday of that Month. People will have a week to enrol but can immediately watch the first week’s lessons. The course will officially start a week later and will end approximately 8 weeks later. You will have an additional 4 weeks to submit your design for certification.. You will also have access to all course material for 1 year after the course starts.
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