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DIY Desktop Aquaponics Workshop in Beijing

May 14, 2013

-Build a desktop aquaponic herb garden-

Tim Aquapanics
At this workshop, I will give a short presentation on the basics of aquaponics to a small group, then I will assist participants in building their own systems. Participants’ aquaponic herb garden systems will include the following items (photo of similar system below):
  • 22l ikea samla box and insert (fish tank and grow bed, respectively)
  • grow bed media (expanded clay pellets)
  • piping
  • water pump
  • electric timer
  • herb seeds
  • fish food
  • 3-4 goldfish

Why aquaponics?

In addition to the environmental benefits of reduced pesticide use and water consumption, aquaponics is a great solution for urban gardeners because it uses space efficiently, requires minimal effort once setup, and grows food very rapidly. For more on the benefits of aquaponics, see the brief reading list below.

How to RSVP

If you’d like to participate, please email me at timquijano {at} gmail to setup a time to meet with me to purchase a ticket. We will need to receive your fees BY MONDAY MAY 20 to arrange your aquaponics equipment. Please be aware that there will be limited space available (only 10 systems), so it will be advantageous to reserve a spot early. Please be prepared to state whether you would like a clear or black system.

If you are interested in attending, but are not interested in building a system, please email me to RSVP, so I can alert the venue about the expected number of attendees.


  • Time: Saturday, May 25, from 14:00-17:00
  • Cost: 200rmb (to cover the cost of the equipment)
  • Location:Venue phone: 6406-9947
    • 小萍 (XP) 北京西城区地安门西大街 地安门十字路口西南角 “秋栗香”后
    • XP, Di’anmen Xi Dajie at the southwest of the Di’anmen intersection (behind the Qiulixiang chestnut store)

Thanks to Nevin Domer from XP, David Li from the Xinchejian hackerspace, the Beijing Energy Network and Joel Shuchat from the Orchid, for all of their support! Thanks to Benson Kua for the goldfish photo and Liz Phung for the poster design!


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