This product is one of the cutest I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. The Aqua Farm Fish Tank is such a cool concept; it is a closed-loop sustainable Aquaponics system that uses the waste of the fish to grow plants and clean its water. It's a fish tank that literally grows food!
The unit is a scaled-down table-top Aquaponics system. Aquaponics is an ancient sustainable method of farming developed by the Aztecs. It uses NINETY PERCENT less water than traditional farming methods and combines aquaculture (raising fish and other aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water).
The bottom of the compact unit is a three-gallon fish tank. Fish produce waste that contains ammonia, a substance that can be toxic for them at high levels. In this system, their waste is then pumped through an inner tube in the tank into a grow tray up above that contains plants.
The plant roots act as a biofilters where beneficial bacteria break down the harmful ammonia in the fish’s waste into nitrites and then finally nitrates which are absorbed as food by the plants. The remaining clean water is then circulated back into the fish tank so all you have to do is feed the fish … there is absolutely zero cleaning required! How convenient is that?
There really is no more sustainable way to grow your own greens at home. You can grow anything from parsley, coriander, mint, rocket, mixed greens, to wheat grass.
This is such a nifty gift to introduce some greenery into the home of someone who lives in an apartment or unit block. This adorable unit is perfect for any space in the kitchen, classroom or office.
It’s also great for kids. Not only are you giving them THAT pet they’ve been hounding you for, you’re also encouraging them to eat healthy, fresh produce, all whilst teaching them about sustainable food production methods.
This is a great fuss-free addition to any household.
To learn more about the AquaFarm and Fluid Growers, visit their website here.