The Story Behind This Photo

The Story Behind This Photo

How much fresh fish and vegetable produce can you expect from your backyard aquaponics system? Read this if your goal is to produce all the fresh fish and vegetables you need.

Imagine fishing for Barramundi in your backyard!

What if you went one better and fished Barramundi from a boat in your backyard!

Barramundi Fishing

Fishing from a boat in your backyard catching fresh barramundi for the dinner party is a night your guests won’t forget! (Although it looks like they caught more bottles of wine than fish!)


This customer had an existing pond/water feature that we converted to aquaponics with a backyard aquaponics growbed installed by Suburban Farmer.

Many people I speak to take aquaponics very seriously! I agree that if you invest in something you should certainly expect some results – however many people expect their aquaponics system to be responsible for all their fish and vegetable needs!

In a typical aquaponics system in a backyard setting, this is simply not the case.

Treat your aquaponics system as a hobby, have fun with it and experiment, experiment, experiment!

Be patient, take the time and become confident with your new hobby. Try planting different types of vegetables,  learn the habits of fish and become more confident growing a range of species, even together.  It’s not uncommon to grow barramundi, silver perch and marron all in the same tank with excellent results. If you aren’t sure if something will work, give it a try and see what happens!

Don’t bank on the results of your system. Sure you will get plenty of vegetables and fresh fish at the end of a successful season. But remember, like all forms of farming there will be mistakes, losses, and unforeseen circumstances that result in reduced harvests or at times no produce for long periods of time.

Aquaponics in the backyard is a fun and exciting hobby, with plenty to learn, and rewards that include harvests of fish and vegetables. Treat it just as this and the experience will be so much more rewarding.

Find adventure and excitement in all things you do!

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Written by Suburban Farmer

Hi, I am Mike the Suburban Farmer. I have been practising backyard self-sufficiency for 15 years and aim to inspire you to look at your backyard in a new way, and to enjoy the many rewards from growing your own.