Whether you’re a hardened professional or just getting started with aquaponics, there are some fantastic books out there that’ll take your skills to a new level. Some are classics and some are new, some short and sweet and others highly comprehensive.
Now even though there is a sea of them to choose from, today we’ll be taking a look only at the very best aquaponics books you can get – for any skill level.
Their authors are deeply knowledgeable experts, their texts wonderfully well written and entertaining but most importantly of all – they’re chock-full of excellent information. Let’s take a look!
These are the top 6 best aquaponics books on the market.
Author: Sylvia Bernstein
Written by The Aquaponic Source’s president Sylvia Bernstein, Aquaponic Gardening is a beautifully composed and thought provoking guide into DIY aquaponics. It’s one of the most popular aquaponics books ever and deservedly so as the quality of the information and its presentation are both fantastic for beginners. Now while it does have a bit of a bias towards the author’s products, as expected, and it’s not as in-depth as some others, it still makes for an enjoyable read overall and provides a really solid foundation for newcomers.
It also gets a point deduction due to the somewhat boring and preachy chapter on “world problems” and the lack of scientific sources (the author uses a lot of websites as sources instead). These aren’t deal breakers by any means but they’re still worth a mention.
If you want to get into the world of aquaponics, this is a great book to start your journey.
Authors: Meg Stout, Tim Mann
Extensive and comprehensive, Meg Stout’s aquaponics book is a fantastic source of knowledge for novices and it answers hundreds of questions that one might have when just starting this type of gardening. It touches upon most subjects – from setting up a system to choosing the fish and plants – and it even talks about how to resize or move a system to the inside or the outside.
Although it’s a great and informative read, it would heavily benefit from more images and illustrations (it has very few) and it would also gain if it had a little more information on specific details such as nitrate production estimates.
Even then, it covers a whole lot of essential themes and answers a ton of questions that beginners will certainly have, making it a great choice.
Author: David H Dudley
Chock-full of incredibly useful information and truly comprehensive, this aquaponics book stays true to its name and shows you just about everything you need to know. If you’re a beginner you’ll have a mountain of practical advice and detailed step-by-step guides to get you successfully started and if you’re an expert already you still have a lot of incredibly useful technical advice to take you to the next level.
One thing I love about this book is that it’s practical and hands-on instead of circling around the subjects or only laying down the theory as a lot of others do. It also shows you how to design the perfect system for your space and it even tells you how to create a business out of aquaponics – excellent information.
An excellent choice for both beginners that want to get serious and for experts that want to reach a professional level, David Dudley’s Aquaponics book is one of the very best on the market.
Author: John P. Choisser
It’s intended for absolute newcomers and as such the information is short and sweet while still being clarifying and practical. Through all of its 74 pages, it teaches the essentials in a very straightforward way and even though, as mentioned above, it’s a fairly shallow look into the aquaponics world, it remains a valuable source of information for beginners.
As the name implies, this is a fantastic guide for those that want to start a little communal aquaponics garden in their schools, churches or homes.
Author: Andrew Handley
Andrew Handling’s book gives you a basic but full overview of every part of home aquaponics gardening. At 95 pages long it doesn’t overstay its welcome and serves as a solid basis and intro guide for newcomers.
From the physical elements to the nitrogen cycle, temperatures, types of systems and other crucial information, it’s all there in an easily read and quickly understood way which is definitely a bonus if you’re new to aquaponics gardening. It also makes the whole learning process entertaining by offering valuable illustrations, a great writing pace and some nice practical tips.
While you will most likely be hungry for more, it’s a fantastic starting point full of valuable, no-filler knowledge that’s as useful as it is easy to read.
Author: Amber Richards
It’ll leave you with the fundamentals and everything you need to know in order to create a successful system at home – no matter the space you have available – while also offering some awesome tips and tricks on a handful of subjects such as maintenance and many others.
Short but punchy and with a welcome focus on the DIY aspect, this is a great read if you want to get started quickly and easily on your own little home garden.
If you want to either get into the world of aquaponics or simply learn new, advanced tricks and techniques, then what better way is there to do so then to sit down, relax and crack open one of these wonderful books? They’re a joy to read.
Thanks as always for reading and I’ll see you on the next one!