Training for Entrepreneurs

About the training

TLW’s Aquaponics Facility was established through partnership between Clark Atlanta University and TLW. The project, CREATE, was funded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration to install a uniquely designed system and provide free training for people in southwest Atlanta interested in developing aquaponics related small business opportunities.

Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. The recirculating system provides sustainable and nutritious sources of vegetables, herbs and fish at TLW’s Aquaponics facility.

Every tilapia farming operation is unique. TLW grows Tilapia as an excellent food source high in protein, potassium, B-12, niacin, phosphorus and selenium. Each fish contains about 200 mg of Omega-3 fatty acid. Tilapia are grown in fresh water and are fed a purely vegetarian diet. Vitamins and minerals are added to our system to ensure each fish has a balanced diet rich with nutrients needed for healthy growth. TLW purchases its fingerlings (baby tilapia) from Lakeway Tilapia, one of the most experienced hatcheries in the United Sates. Lakeway does not use any hormones in its processes.

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Program Dates

6 week sessions | 2 days per week
Online & In-person

Cohort 1:  

June 15th -  July 31st

Cohort 2:

August 3rd - September 13th


Class Days & Times:

Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (online)

Saturdays: 10:00am - 12:00pm (mix hands-on and online) 


All of the classroom portions of the program will be held online via video conferencing.  If that is not accessible for you, it is possible to call-in and gets the content provided to you ahead of time.  


The hands-on component will take place at the aquaponics hoop house at Truly Living Well located at

324 Lawton St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

These gatherings will follow CDC guidelines of 10 or fewer people and maintenance of social distancing. If you are unable or uncomfortable attending these in person, we will make them available with live and recorded video.


Delwyn Ray

Delwyn Ray is the instructor for the CREATE Aquaponics training.  Delwyn has a certification in Recirculating Aquaponics System from the University of Virgin Island, St. Croix.  He also holds a degree in Aquaculture from Brunswick Community College in North Carolina and a B.S. in Public Policy/Urban Development from Georgia State University.  Delwyn has over fifteen years of experience in the aquaponics industry and over twenty-five years in entrepreneurial-based enterprises that include: business development, marketing, and public/private sector development.


Week 1: Introduction, History, and Aquaponics Culture Systems I

  • Introduce The Course 

  • History Of Aquaponics

  • Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) Design

  • RAS Construction 

Week 2: Aquaponics Culture Systems II

  • Complete Discussion of RAS Design & Construction 

  • Design & Construction of Hydroponic Plant Production 

  • Systems, combined, featuring examples of successful aquaponic systems 

Week 3: Water Quality Management, Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Solutions

  • Basics of Water Quality Management in RAS 

  • Basics of Plant Nutrition & Preparation of Plant Nutrient Solutions in Hydroponics 

  • Integration of Water Quality Management for Fish & Nutrient Solution Management For Plants

Week 4: Fish Species Selection, Nutrition, Feeds and Feeding

  • Fish Species in Aquaponic Systems 

  • Basics of Fish Nutrition and Various Feeds & Feeding Strategies

  • Nutrition & Feeding of Various Species of Cultured Fish 

  • Fish Feed Ingredients & Formulation of Feeds for Commercial Fish Production

Week 5: Diseases

  • Causes & Possible Treatments of Various Diseases for Fish Species 

  • Most Common Diseases of Aquatic Organisms

Week 6: Predation & Cannibalism; Genetics & Breeding; Harvest & Haul

  • Predators & Cannibalism Among Cultured Aquatic Organisms 

  • Basics Fish Genetics, Fish Breeding & Biotechnology 

  • Harvesting Methods (ponds, cages, tanks, and raceways)

  • Transport of Live Fish (from facility to processing and other markets)

Week 7: Business

  • Aquaculture Economics

  • Business Planning



Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for all three cohorts. 

Only 12 people will be accepted per cohort. 

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