4 Best Aquaponic Books For Beginners

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After coming across an article about aquaponics it didn’t take much time for me to realize it was my next project. Aquaponics is a method of gardening that uses fish waste as nutrients for your plants; the perfect little ecosystem. There are several benefits of aquaponic gardening, in addition to the added harvest of fish.

Here are some aquaponic books I would recommend for beginners!


Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

This book by Sylvia Bernstein is the most popular on my list of best aquaponic books for beginners. This book was published in 2011 before there were a lot of books published on the subject of aquaponics.

It boasts a ton of positive reviews on several platforms as it’s helped a bunch of people get started aquaponic gardening.

What will a beginner learn from this aquaponic book?

  • Learn about the different working parts of an aquaponics system and also the often overlooked consideration of best location for your system.
  • Find out about the different organisms that make up an aquaponic system. It’s not just plants and fish, bacteria and worms are important to the health of your aquaponics system.
  • Learn general setup and maintenance of an aquaponics system.

I would recommend this book to those that are starting at the beginning of learning about aquaponic gardening. The step-by-step is a little misleading as there is a lot of information about aquaponics but less on the step-by-step process of how to go about it.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Aquaponic Gardening: Discover the Dual Benefits of Raising Fish and Plants Together

If you’re into book learning, you’re probably already familiar with the “Idiot’s Guide” series.

The author of this book, Meg Stout, is very knowledgeable in aquaponics and was a founding officer in the Aquaponics Association. In addition to being a writer, she is also an engineer which is probably part of the reason the book is so helpful.

What will a beginner learn from this aquaponic book?

  • Get insight into choosing the best setup and fish for the type of garden you’re looking to grow.
  • Learn how to build different aquaponic systems.
  • Find out about the different aspects of aquaponic gardening both indoors and outdoors.

While this book is great in the knowledge, it lacks diagram explanations. Besides that, this is a great book for beginners to learn about aquaponics.

Aquaponics: An Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Aquaponics for Beginners

This book by Sheila Brown was published in 2018 and has quickly gained popularity and is highly reviewed.

Something cool about this book is you can actually get it for free if you have an account with Kindle or Audiobook.

What will a beginner learn from this aquaponic book?

  • Learn what goes into the design and construction of aquaponics systems.
  • How to choose the best fish for your aquaponics garden.
  • Learn what plants grow best in aquaponics systems.

One of the great things about this book is that along the different system descriptions is a list of building materials used to build it. While not an extremely in-depth book it’s definitely a good read for beginners to aquaponics.

Aquaponic Food Product – Raising fish and plants for food and profit

The author of this book is Rebecca L Nelson with contributions from John Pade, who together formed Nelson and Pade, the most trusted name in aquaponics. She has taught aquaponics to students from 85 countries and the 50 U.S. states.

Rebecca has a long list of accomplishments and is definitely someone worth learning more from as a beginner to aquaponics. Their company is world-renowned for teaching aquaponics, making their knowledge and this book well worth the price.

What will a beginner learn from this aquaponic book?

  • Learn about different aquaponic setups and parts
  • Find out about the nutrient needs of both your plants and your fish.
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The one drawback to this book is the lack of systems design and information on how to build an aquaponics system. Their company does sell aquaponic equipment, so that could be the reasoning.


I would definitely recommend starting an aquaponics system, it’s a lot of fun!

If you’re already experienced with hydroponics then it’s a simple transition to aquaponics. If not you’re in luck, there’s been a big increase in books and internet articles over the past several years making aquaponics easy to learn. Pick out a good book and do some google searches and you’ll soon be on your way to starting your own aquaponic garden.


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