About Us

- Our story

Ichthys Aquaponics was started in 2004 by Barry Enslin under the name of Enslin Aquaponics and is one of the few commercial aquaponics farms in South Africa. Barry was one of the aquaponic pioneers in South Africa, and a leading researcher in the industry. In 2015 the name was changed to Ichthys Aquaponics when Barry decided it was time to retire. Justin and Nikki Hess have taken over the running of the business and have continued much of the research Barry started. Justin has received certification from the Aquaponics Institute of Australia, Murray Hallam and James Rakosky.

- Areas of expertise


We are one of the only rainbow trout and tilapia rendalli hatcheries in Gauteng – providing disease free fish to South Africa. 

Online Retailer

We search high and low all over the world to source the highest quality products to make your system successful. Look no further, we have it all!

Technical Consulting

Call on one of our experts to help either improve an existing system or design a completely new one for you!

Design Experts

All our designs have been fine tuned and proven on our commercial farm. Be it a large scale commercial system or a home unit – we are here to help design it right! All our designs are available for purchase.

Proven Farmers

We run a commercial aquaponics farm in Midrand, South Africa. Currently with 1,100 square meters under tunnel. Our expansion programme will end up with a further 2,500 square meters currently under construction.

Training & Coaching

We have developed a full aquaponics academy, designed to equip you with both practical and theoretical knowledge. From 1 day to 2 weeks courses – allow us to help equip you for success!
Years in Business
SQM of aquaponics
Clients Trained
Products O?nline

Over the past 14 years, we have gained valuable experience in setting up and running commercial aquaponics. We have turned this knowledge into a condensed, highly informative and practical one day course that takes place on the farm. In addition, we have the largest red breast (rendalli) hatchery in South Africa.

Our fresh produce (both fish and vegetables) is sold to local supermarkets, as well as to the public.

- Our vision

We offer free shipping to major cities on all orders under 10kg and over R1,000.

All of our products have the seal of approval from our farm.