Aquaponics in the Philippines

I have mentioned to a few people that im looking into Aquaponics when I go back to the Philippines and the answer from everyone is “what is that?” The video gives an insight but the main thing is that its using fish and plants in harmony. The water for the fish is purified by the plants and at the same time the nutrients enter the food chain of the plants which basically means you can do away with fertilizers which are expensive but also the results can be pretty amazing. On top of that the fish get nice and fat which make them ideal for the plate aswell. So I just wanted to share this with you before I head off to bed because one of the things people keep asking me lately is how to save money on monthly budgets well this has to be one of the best ways once setup. As having not only fish and vegetables you can add other livestock into the mix with a bit of research. But most importantly your creating an environment that is sustainable for you and your family. The other thing to be aware of this setup can work in most parts of the world with a bit of research identifying which plants will thrive in the conditions where you live.

15 comments for “Aquaponics in the Philippines

  1. lizas hubby
    January 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    hi, i hope you still get this post, i am american with Filipina wife and kids,we are buyig land and i am planning an aquaponics system there on biliran island, we are on tight budget and hard for me to be there to start it so i may start a smaller ebb and flow, very simple, then i plan to use friendly aquaponics design raft system for commercial, i would love to hear from you keep track of what you are doing , such as plants grown etc, are you american or ? where will you build a system at? i see your post is 2009, have you already built a system there?

    • Tropicalpenpals
      January 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Hi the Aquaponics setup here was done by “GreenRevolution” who you can find on Youtube. He was in Australia but already back in the Philippines..

  2. Frances Arche
    January 14, 2011 at 5:12 am

    ..hi, im planning to propose aquaponics enterprise on my thesis adviser?? how much do i need to fully installed the the system worth the expense..

    • Tropicalpenpals
      January 14, 2011 at 6:57 am

      Depends on the type of setup and running costs you would need to be more specific

  3. Steve
    January 25, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Let me commend you on the aquaponic farm. It is really well integrated with the rabbits, ducks etc. I am from Australia and have a partner who is Pinay. Like some of your other writers I too would like to go to the Philippines, obtain some land and set up a similar farm there. Is it possible to obtain the plans and perhaps some advice on the cost and problems to look out for? Your advise will be deeply appreciated and will certainly contribute to making this a cleaner, healthier and less dependant world. Thanks.

    • Tropicalpenpals
      January 25, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Hi Steve one thing to watch out is electricity. Prices of running the system can become expensive so choosing the right pump(s) is important as well as a backup system because if the power goes off in an intensive aquaponics unit you could lose your entire fish stock in literally under an hour.

  4. Tropicalpenpals
    April 15, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Hi Ron this is the guy you need to speak too its his setup :-

  5. R. K. Go
    August 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hi there!
    I have 3 DIY vertical aquaponics system in the house, 2 of which have Red Nile Tilapias and the other one has turtles in it. I use Moldex water pipes, and screens I get from Divisoria. It’s pretty easy to set up. It takes about a day.

    The vegetable and herbs I grow in are: black beans, tomato, lady fingers, kang kong, peppermint, swiss mint, basil, malvarosa, chives, lavander, squash, 2 kinds of pepper, etc.

    I do not have the ebb and flow system, nor do i use hydro clay. I use the pull of gravity to make the water flow, and a cheaper version of Scotch Brite Scrubs to make the plants take root. Thus making the whole system lighter. The pump I use is a small aquarium pump so the energy consumption is not that big.

    If you need help with setting up yours let me know. =)

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      August 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Sounds good, would be interested in some photos and info to share with others hopefully encourage more people to see the benefits of aquaponics. Thanks for your reply 🙂

  6. pam tan
    September 16, 2011 at 12:36 am

    hi r.k.go.. i read your setup.. looks interesting.. how did you do it? can you give me specifics pls.. pls email me at im interested in setting up aquaponics here in naga city.

  7. Tony Bourdain
    September 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wow! Awesome! I salute you, sir. Keep up the good work!

  8. October 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm


    I also setup my DIY in my backyard located in Mactan,Lapu-Lapu City. I have a lots of pictures to share. Like it for my system updates. Am willing also to help if you are interested in this kind of hobby.

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      October 23, 2011 at 4:20 am

      Sounds like a great idea. I have recently bought which might be a good site to share your information and setup as well as other people into aquaponics so we can help others get started. We will be starting ours here this month as well.