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Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT!

Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT!
Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT! Darwin Aquaponics Workshop - September 25th, 2016 - SOLD OUT!
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"Introduction to Aquaponics"

Darwin - One Day Workshop - Sunday Sept 25th, 2016


Presented by Hayden Arrowsmith of Perth Aquaponics

Trade certified Horticulturalist, Cert IV TAE, and owner of Perth Aquaponics.



Perth Aquaponics is proud to announce the details of our upcoming one day “Introduction to Aquaponics” workshop, to be held on Sunday, Sept 25th in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Our informative one day workshops comprehensively cover the fundamentals of Aquaponics, including the science (in layman’s terms) of how and why it works, as well as the construction of a fully operating aquaponic system. At the end of the workshop you will have the knowledge and confidence required to build and maintain your very own aquaponic system at home, producing wonderful, organic vegetables and fresh fish... right in your very own backyard.

We start the day with a comprehensive theory session presented in a modern, comfortable seminar room. During the session you will learn the basics of Aquaponics, how and why it works, different system types, important ratios, as well as what to do, and when to do it... and equally as important… what not to do!... and all in simple, easy to understand terms.

Although the theory session is quite intensive and covers a lot of information, we do try to keep it as relaxed and informal as possible.

Tea, coffee & biscuits etc will be provided during the morning tea break. A light catered lunch will also be provided.

After lunch we resume the afternoon with another short theory session, followed by the construction of a working aquaponic system. This system will contain all the common major components you would expect to find in the average backyard aquaponic system, such as a Fish Tank, Sump Tank, Solids Lifting Overflow, Gravel Filled Grow beds, Bell Auto Siphons, Pump and associated plumbing etc, giving you a better understanding of the components, how they work, and how to install them etc.


By the end of the day you will have learnt about:

  • The science behind Aquaponics… How and why it works, the important role of beneficial bacteria, how fish waste is converted to plant food, etc.
  • The important Rules-of-Thumb... The all important Gravel, Water, Fish, Grow bed ratios etc, and how they determine how well your system will perform.
  • System design… The pro’s and con’s of a variety of different aquaponic methods and system types, auto siphons v's timed flood and drain etc. 
  • Cycling a new system... Establishing the beneficial bacteria colony and determining when the system is safe for fish.
  • Fish selection… The different species suitable for your area and how to determine your system's safe stocking capacity for each.
  • Fish health… Preventing, diagnosing and curing common ailments of fish.
  • Testing and controlling water parameters... Such as pH & Ammonia levels, water top-ups etc.
  • Plant selection… What grows well, when, and how to.
  • Plant health… Preventing, diagnosing and curing common plant deficiencies and diseases using fish safe products.
  • Plant Nutrient supplementation... What products are safe to add to the system, why, when, and how much.
  • Plant pests... Identifying and controlling common plant pests using fish safe methods and products.
  • Worms... and the important role they play in your aquaponic system, ie: cleaning grow beds and making more nutrients available to your plants.
  • Hands-on system construction... giving you an insight into how easy it actually is to construct your very own aquaponic system.


Workshop details, such as address of the seminar room and any other relevant information, will be forwarded to attendees upon ticket purchase, so please ensure you include your email address during the checkout process... This is important, as depending on the number of attendees we have a choice of a number of venues, so it could change closer to the day and we will need to contact attendees. Tickets will be sent out by registered mail, please see the postage section below for more info.

More information can also be obtained by calling our Belmont store on (08) 9478 1211 between 10am-5pm Mon-Friday, and 10am-1pm Saturday.


If purchasing multiple tickets, please include the full names of all those attending in the "Comments" section at checkout, to assist with our records and issuing of tickets etc.

(15/09/16) PLEASE NOTE - Postage Information

Due to the Aust Post delivery time frame, any tickets purchased after 4pm (W.A.) Friday, Sept 16th, will not be mailed out. Tickets purchased after this time will be held for collection at registration on the day of the workshop. Photo identification (ie: Drivers licence) will be required at the time of registration. 

When purchasing tickets after this cut-off time YOU MUST INCLUDE a contactable email address and phone number (preferably mobile) so that we can forward details of the workshop location, itinerary and other essential details.


When purchasing tickets you will be directed to a Paypal page during the final stage of checkout. You do not need a Paypal account, you can pay using a debit or credit card. We use Paypal for our payment system as it is the easiest and safest method for both the purchaser and ourselves.

Your Presenter:


Hayden Arrowsmith

- Trade Qualified Horticulturalist

- Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

- Proprietor of Perth Aquaponics, Belmont, Western Australia

Hayden is a trade qualified Horticulturalist with 30+ years trade experience in a wide variety of horticultural fields, including 20+ years in hydroponics and over a decade of combined Aquaponic experience.

Pilbara born and raised, Hayden undertook his horticultural apprenticeship and initially worked in numerous towns throughout the Pilbara region of Western Australia. He has since worked across the much of the state, from Broome in the North, to Perth and the Southwest, throughout the Wheatbelt of W.A, down to Albany in the Great Southern, in a very diverse range of horticultural fields.

Hayden has taught horticulture at a TAFE level, lecturing in Irrigation & Water Transfer, as well as Plant Propagation & Greenhouse Procedures while the Head Groundsperson at Karratha College.

Hayden (Yabbies) started his first aquaponic system back in the very early 90's... Deep Water Culture (DWC) rafts containing plants, floated on the surface of a large Goldfish pond. This first system was based purely on trial and error, as there simply wasn't any information on aquaponics readily available at the time, he just knew from his horticultural studies that nutrient rich water from fish ponds etc could be used to successfully grow plants, as it had been practised in some cultures for hundreds, even thousands of years.

He currently owns and operates Perth Aquaponics, a retail aquaponic store located in Belmont, Western Australia, that was originally opened in 1990 as Perth Hydroponic Centre. In 2009, with the surge in interest in aquaponics, Hayden began selling aquaponic equipment and advising on aquaponic matters. The shop name was officially changed to Perth Aquaponics in 2010 and now specialises in aquaponics.

Hayden has presented at Murray Hallam's 4 day Future Farms aquaponics training course in Brisbane, as well as regularly running one day Introduction to Aquaponics Workshops in Perth and across country W.A, from Capel and Kojonup in the South to Geraldton in the Mid-west. Hayden also presents aquaponic school incursions and operates an on-site aquaponic consultancy service, helping out home based enthusiasts with any aquaponics issues they may have.


Please Note: As with any workshop, seminar, live event etc, this workshop may be subject to cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled the purchaser will be notified a.s.a.p. and the full ticket purchase price will be refunded to the purchaser via Paypal.


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