While I’m keen to see how much food we can get out of an Aquaponic system setup in a cold garden in the North West of England, I think I’m going to try and restrain my “bull in a china shop” enthusiasm and start off with a small development system. Once that’s balanced and working, I’ll be ready to develop a full system with the aim of providing year-round food for our family.

With that in mind, here’s my hastily sketched initial system:

It’s a flood-and-drain system, all housed in a standard 8′ x 6′ greenhouse, with a 500 litre fishtank and two 320 litre growbeds. I’ll post details of it on the Backyard Aquaponics Forum and see what the experts think before I do too much more development.