My Aqua Farm Model JER 17.7.8_16

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)


  • Grow Bed Liner
  • Fish Tank Liner
  • Pump
  • Plumbing

IMPORTANT: After a recent meeting with our Manufacturer, we now offer FREE SHIPPING to the lower continental 48 United States!!

19 in stock (can be backordered)



This system is the first consumer grade system offered by Hughey Aquafarm and is backed by 10 years of experience actually doing aquaponics. It’s the first of it’s kind that I know of that can be shipped flat and easily assembled on site.

A 16 square foot aquaponics bed will allow you to grow a lot of food.

This includes the entire framing for the grow bed, and fish liner as well as the pump. Everything you need to get started with the only exception being the plants, fish and grow bed media.


  1. Complete Frame
  2. Grow Bed Liner
  3. Fish Tank Liner
  4. Pump
  5. Plumbing

Shipping dimensions are 13.5″W x 35″L x 74″H
New Weight-102Kg/225Lbs, Gross Weight-122.04Kg/268.5Lbs,

IMPORTANT: After a recent meeting with our Manufacturer, we now offer FREE SHIPPING to the lower continental 48 United States!!

Additional information

Weight 235.0 lbs

16 reviews for My Aqua Farm Model JER 17.7.8_16

  1. Rated 1 out of 5

    The price is to high !

    • Hello and thank you for your comment and the opportunity to share just how affordable the My Aqua Farm really is compared to the competition out there. I sincerely wish I could simply give away these systems but the cost to produce them prohibits it since the employees of the companies that manufacture them and the materials would not get a paycheck (something I have yet to do). This is something I simply cannot, nor will I, ask of them. They, as I’m sure you, need a paycheck to provide for their families as well.

      First off, please understand the My Aqua Farm is backed by over 10 years doing aquaponics. I wrote and have given away free the Barrel-ponics manual since 2005, years before these others even were doing aquaponics (many of whom learned on my Barrel-ponics system they got the instructions to build for “free”). The personal cost of “free” has been very expensive for me and my family both in time spent with me absent traveling the world helping others (sometimes as much as 3 months a year volunteering most times) and in subsidizing the “free” cost of the Barrel-ponics manual of which over 250,000 have been downloaded off my websites since 2007. Donations from the few generous people out there have averaged less than .02 per copy, not to mention the other times people have shared with their friends and families. Other heartless and shameful people have even gone so far as to sell the Barrel-ponics manual for their own personal gain. Words cannot express how disgusting this practice is to me.

      You say the price is too high for the My Aqua Farm aquaponics system so, let’s compare some other systems specs. and cost of the My Aqua Farm aquaponics system.

      First, the current model My Aqua Farm has 16 sq. ft. growbed space and a 168 gallon fish tank. the power consumption is only 20 watts on the current model (we’re testing pumps that may cut that figure in half). This is for a, shipping included, to your door price of $1495.00 and from a company that will give away for free the 101 page manual to build your own aquapponics system at home and provide over 10 years experience technical support.

      Let’s take a look at the Aquabundance “space saver” systems price and specs from their website found here:
      This system sells for $895.00 plus shipping. It’s only 7.5 sq. ft. of growing space with a 60 gallon fish tank. It uses a 45 watt pump. So that means to get less than half the growbed space, almost a third of fish tank capacity, twice the power consumption, blow molded plastic and 14 ga. steel tubes you’ll pay over $1000.00. That’s $600.00 more than a My Aqua Farm which is made from heavier steel and can be walked on (something I’d suggest you NOT do with this system) and we do NOT photoshop plants into the pictures of our systems as the makes of the “aquabundance” systems. If they are so “abundant” why would one need to do that?

      Next up with the comparison, the Endless Food Systems G-12 found here:
      This system has a 12 sq. ft. growbed with 140 gallon fish tank and retails for $1495 + shipping (the estimated shipping to my location is $490.00) making this systems total cost to me anyhow $1985.00. That’s a system that’s basically 75% the capacity of the My Aqua Farm for almost $500.00 more!

      I’m by no means criticizing any of these other manufacturers or their products in any way. But I do feel the truth needs to be told. The My Aqua Farm is the highest quality and lowest cost system of it’s kind (actually it’s in a league all it’s own) both to purchase and operate. None of these competitors mentioned have been doing aquaopnics as long as I have (since 2003) nor have they spent as much time giving to the world for free the information and ability for people to have their own aquaponics system producing food for their family, at my own personal expense, without any monetary gain as the primary motivation. In fact, I was busy building aquaponics systems in places like Africa, China, Lebanon, Philippines, Guatemala and Iraq as well as several places in the US to help people long before these other businesses even existed and promoting themselves as “world experts” on the subject.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I thought the one star review was unfair based on just the price! Which you point out is much cheaper then other systems. So here is a 5 star just because I love seeing your pictures of the system on facebook and plan on buying one next year!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. I have tried to keep the pricing of this unit as low as possible and so much so it’s far less expensive for less quality products products out there. Everyone is entitled to their opinions though. I just wish folks would hold their ratings until they actually use something and/or see it in person. I think, like you, folks will see through the situation and will give it about as much weight in their ultimate decision as was given in the rating.

      Thanks again for the kind words of encouragement.

  3. Rated 3 out of 5

    I’ve been looking aquaponics systems for years now and I really like this one. I think it’s really easy to install base on the youtube video. My question on this because of my job, I have to move every 3 or 4 years. Can this system be taking apart and move to my next location and installed again without problems? Also I will like to know if you sell separate grow beds and tarps? I’m really looking in to buy one of your system.

    • Yes the My Aqua Farm aquaponics system can be disassembled and moved. If you have the room though the easiest way is to remove the media and water from the fish tank and either move with a couple friends to help lift it or tip the entire system on it’s (fishtank) end and move with a dolly.
      Currently we do not offer separate liners. If you’re concerned about damaging them in the move, don’t worry, they’re extremely tough. If one should get punctured (highly doubt you’ll be able to teat it), it’s easily and inexpensively reaired using either silicone sealer or an inflatable boat patch kit.
      Hope this helps!!


  4. Rated 3 out of 5

    I meant to ask for liners?

    • No problem, see previous question.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just watched your assembly video on youtube after doing some Google searches for urban farming & sustainable gardening. I can’t wait to have a home of my own where I can install this system! Thank you for all your hard work; I laughed and thought, “Oh, duh!” when I saw the “toilet valve”. I think a lot of people who see price points over 1 grand forget about the length of investment provided and the savings that will be garnished especially if using both the tank and bed for edibles. My only question is what do you recommend as a 50 fingerling to plant ratio for the first few months until the fish can support a full bed?

    • Hello Stephanie,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments and astute observations. Concerning the fish to plant ratio, being a metabolism based system, the real ratio at play is feed consumption. This varies between species, temperature and water quality. As such, it’s hard to give exact numbers as every situation is a bit different. That being said, it takes far less fish than one thinks to grow a lot of vegetables. For instance, in the My Aqua Farm with 16 sq. ft. growbed, 20 tilapia the size of ones hand will produce all the nutrient load needed for excellent plant growth. Starting out with 50 fingerlings will get you well on your way and culling out ones that are lagging in growth will make room for much larger fish as things develop.
      Hope this helps.


  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I build systems out of IBC Totes for poor farmers in Honduras. We gift the systems to them, supply and teach them. The logistics of transporting a system down narrow rocky mountain roads is not for the faint of heart. To deliver a system that is easy to assemble on the spot this is it. And you can solar power it. Also this is an indoor grow light system where you can use all year round.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Travis
    Great product. Only seen it online but it looks great. As I sit in Africa, and shipping is prohibitive, is there a chance of getting dimensions from you?
    Obviously the volumes you report can be converted as needed.

    • Thanks for your comments. We do not offer plans for the My Aqua Farm systems. This is for a few reasons. One, we provide free plans to build your own aquaponics system. The free Barrel-ponics manual is our free gift to you and available on the front page of our website. Two is quality control. We currently have the system,s professionally manufactured per our specific requirements with materials and processes not available to the general public. The name association of “My Aqua Farm” with someone’s interpretation of our system is not something we can control and as such cannot advocate or support. While we cannot, nor would not, keep anyone from building their own aquaponics system we do not, for reasons previously mentioned, encourage folks trying to build systems as we do. A Barrel-ponics or an IBC tote based system may be a better choice for the “Do It Yourselfer”.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Travis, this is an amazing system and i cant wait to get going on a Barrel-ponics build, i was just wandering what info or permission i need from you if i was to build about 10 of them to take to the rural areas here in zimbabwe to see if we can help the poor people and/orphanages who struggle to get enough funding/donations to run. thanks again for a blessing that this is going to be to myself and my family. stay blessed. Peter

    • Hello Peter,
      Glad to hear the enthusiasm on the Barrel-Ponics® system!! The plans are free, so if you’re doing it to help the poor please, by all means do. I would only ask two things. If the work goes into any publication, please give credit where credit is due. You’d be surprised how many don’t think of that. And two, we’ve made the Barrel-Ponics® system manual free for over ten years at a substantial cost to our family. We’ve not asked for donations but rather produced a retail system that has the unique and time tested reliability of the Barrel-Ponics® system but in a much more, shall we say, attractive appearance (to the general consumer, I personally think blue barrels are a thing of beauty!) for the retail market. If you would be so kind, simply let anyone you know who might be interested in purchasing a retail aquaponics system please don’t forget to mention My Aqua Farm. It’s twice the size of others out there at the same or less cost and MUCH better built.

      Thanks and blessing to you and yours,
      Travis W. Hughey

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    I loved the YouTube video it’s very straight up and informative. Do you ship overseas? I’m living on an island in the Pacific would love to be able to purchase this set up.

    • We currently only ship to the lower 48. However, if you can arrange for shipping from a port in the continental USA to you, I can ship to that location.

      • We can now ship internationally. Send us your address for a quote (the lower 48 states price is for Continental US only).


    • We can now ship internationally. Send us your address for a quote (the lower 48 states price is for Continental US only).


  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can see how well this is built ,simplicity in design and runs efficiently , all that is what draws me to this fine product, I will be purchasing , some items from you in the near future ! I believe this is a great starter or addition to any system s of Aquponics !

    • Just let us know when you’re ready. We have systems in stock and ship anywhere in the lower 48 states of the continental USA.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Is there any shipping to Taiwan?

    • Yes, we can now ship internationally. Send us your address for a quote (the lower 48 states price is for Continental US only).


  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Is there any shipping to Taiwan?
    Can you ship from the mainland to Taiwan?

    • Yes, we can now ship internationally. Send us your address for a quote (the lower 48 states price is for Continental US only).


  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a fish pond and grow KOI. I use city water to replenish the pond when it gets low. My pond has algae growing on the rocks. Will algae grow on your liners if so, what is needed to control this growth?

    • Algae will grow on my liners. That’s a good thing as it demonstrates the liners are not toxic in any way (a good thing for a food production system). To control algae you will have to introduce something that uses it as food. There are several fish species that do this. If one uses tilapia in a My Aqua Farm ™ they will not have an algae issue on the liners as tilapia both filter feed (remove suspended algae from the water) and eat the algae off the liners as well.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Travis, over the past 3 weeks, i’ve immersed myself into all things (design and systems) Aquaponics and i most say i’m very impress with your very well designed and strong system. It’s a very nice system and easy to setup from the video ofcourse.

    My question is, i noticed you didn’t have an air pump + air stones in the My Aqua Farm ™ system for the fish tank, is that part of the design or the installation video didn’t capture that?

    • Hello Eugene,
      Thank you so much for your astute observations and kind words.
      The aeration for the My Aqua Farm ™ system is accomplished via several avenues:
      First, the inflow of water to the growbeds adds additional DO (Dissolved Oxygen) as it flows over the gravel media.
      Second, when the Flood Valve opens there a large amount of turbulence that facilitates oxygenation as the water returns to the fish tank.
      Third, there’s a bypass valve that controls the inflow to the growbed that returns water from the fish tank directly back into it. This flow and splashing adds a large amount of DO to the water in the fish tank.
      The combination of these three means of aeration do a far better job of aeration than an air pump/air stone combination while keeping the power consumption very low for the My Aqua Farm ™ aquaponics system.
      Hopefully this answers your question.

      Warm regards,
      Travis W. Hughey

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yes, it did.
    a very well thought-out system.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Travis, it’s Eugene again.

    I’m considering the My Aqua Farm ™ system for commercial Aquaponics and i’m not sure how or if My Aqua Farm Model JER 17.7.8_16 will be suitable for commercial deployment. My main areas of concerns are:

    Can one Fish Tank serve more than one grow beds and if possible, how many grow bed can one fish tank serve?

    Do you even sell extra only grow beds or i’ll have to buy the complete sets but use only the grow bed if commercial deployment is possible?

    Most commercial aquaponics systems or installations i’ve seen seem to have a filtering system (a filter between the Fish tank and the Grow beds) of which My Aqua Farm doesn’t seem to have, i guess because its mostly use for home deployment but what’s your take on filter or no filter?

    Now back again to my initial question regarding aeration, when considering My Aqua Farm for commercial farming, do you think your present aeration method will be enough or you will recommend supplementing with air pumps?

    What model of setup/deployment will work well with My Aqua Farm if indeed it can be used commercially?

    All this comes down to the question if My Aqua Farm can be used for commercial aquaponics farming.

    Awaiting your feedback

    Best Regards

    • Hello Eugene,
      I’m totally tracking with you!!
      While the My Aqua Farm series of aquaponics systems is specifically designed for home use, I see no reason why one could not use this style system in a commercial venture. Scavenging a system from already built kits would be inefficient and cost prohibitive. I have plans for developing a stand alone growbed for the future (which I will call the “Unibed”) and, considering your question, I most certainly could design and build a custom stand alone set of growbeds for your venture. Please contact me privately at and we can discuss the scale of your project and designing a system (including aeration options) that would work for you.

      Warm regards,

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