Family-friendly Urban Aquaponics

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Justine and her family live in inner-suburban Sydney. They have a small yard. And her garden grows fun, food and fish… right next to the cubby house.

In the midst of Justine’s kids play area is a robust, family friendly, downright gorgeous aquaponics system, which cycles water through a fish pond and a vegetable bed to produce fresh veggies and fish for the family.

Justine's aquaponics system

Justine’s aquaponics system

Aquaponics veggie bed

Aquaponics veggie bed

Aquaponics fishpond with a rock cascade at the back

Aquaponics fishpond with a rock cascade at the back

The cascade acts to further aerate water as it cycles through the system, as well as contributing to the microclimate

The cascade acts to further aerate water as it cycles through the system, as well as contributing to the microclimate

Home grown trout! Huzzah.

Home grown trout! Huzzah.

Justine runs City Food Gardens, a small and funky urban food design business, so it’s no wonder her back yard looks like this! I think this is my favorite backyard aquaponics setup – so lovingly integrated into an edible playspace for all the family.

This system was designed by Charlie of Ecolicious, a Sydney based aquaponics designer who specializes in aquaponics systems that integrate into the home. You can check out some of his recent aquaponics builds here.

Want to learn? Our future Aquaponics courses are here

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All photos by Justine Williams, used with thanks.

15 Comments

  1. Sheri
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    What an awesome yard! Such inspiration!

  2. Mississauga Permaculture
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink | Reply

    WOw!!! Can I come play! So cool looking and fish! Instantly excited, haha

  3. jazzyboi72
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on Crystallinity and commented:
    Wow what an awesome back yard

  4. Village Brat
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you for sharing. Too bad I am so far away, Alaska, USA, but the ideas are great.

  5. Posted February 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing – I’m on the other side of the world, but it’s got me thinking.

  6. Posted February 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow such a beautiful set-up! Very inspiring.

  7. Posted February 10, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love how seamless and beautiful it looks. Great job and very inspirational for me personally.

  8. Posted February 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mycelium in an aquaponic system just like had in my Zeroimpact game. I am very pleased to see others are actually doing this, my hats off to you…

  9. Posted February 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This space is so beautiful! I love the wood beds and the rocks, so natural and luscious!

  10. Posted February 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ooooo that’s gorgeous! Definitely going to try and do something like that when we move into our home (when its finally built)!

  11. Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Reblogged this on X_trous Notes.

  12. Posted July 1, 2013 at 12:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    But with standing water isn’t there a problem with mosquito’s?

    • Posted July 1, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink | Reply

      Nope, because the water has fish in it, and they are more than happy to eat any and all mosquito larvae :)

  13. Marie
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What is powering the water? Is there a pump somewhere…if so is it solar powered?

  14. Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful looking system.

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