What is aquaponics ?
- Fish produce waste
- Water and waste are pumped into the grow-bed above the aquarium hourly
- Bacteria in the grow-bed convert the waste into nutrients for the plants
- Clean water is cycled back into the aquarium after being filtered through the grow-bed
Attach any 2ft grow light of your choice, or remove the light-bar and place your Garden near a sunny window
The grow-bed allows for ample space for biological filtration and room for all your favorite fresh plants
Takes place of traditonal soil and acts as a support for the plants and roots. Also provides a surface area for nitrfying bacteria to colonize
Water is filled to a set level inside the grow-bed before being returned to the aquarium by two return drains
The pump is turned on by a timer every hour for 15 minutes, bringing water from the aquarium to the grow-bed. The pump is 9.5 Watts / 120 V
- Fits standard 10-gallon aquariums
- 160 GPH Pump & Timer Included
- BPA & Phthalate Free Food Grade Plastic
How It Works
Aquaponics involves breaking down toxic ammonia and turning it into nutritious plant food called nitrates using two types of nitrifying bacteria – nitrosomas and nitrospiras. When fish produce ammonia it attracts a type of bacteria called nitrosomas. These guys and gals convert the ammonia into nitrites – a compound even more toxic than ammonia. Thankfully, however, nitrites attract another type of bacteria called nitrospiras who then convert the nitrites into nitrates – excellent food for plants, and mostly harmless to fish. Once this has happened the aquaponic cycle is complete and, once stabilized, will ensure ammonia levels are kept at a minimum while providing maximum nutrition for the plants. Learn More
What You Should Know
The AquaSprouts Garden is designed to fit any standard 10-gallon aquarium - one of the most common and widely available aquariums - and provides a platform to grow a wide variety of plants. Its sleek, modern design also makes it a great conversation piece for any home’s décor.
We created the Garden specifically for beginners and those who are looking for an easy-to-use aquaponic system. The Garden doesn't require any tools nor do you need any previous aquaponics experience. In addition, we provide a written step-by-step guide to help you set up and maintain your Garden. Our team is also dedicated to providing the best customer service possible to assist anyone who may have questions or need help.
The Garden’s unique design makes it possible to grow a variety of leafy greens, herbs, flowers and more. With the right care a wide variety of plants can thrive in the Garden; you can grow from seeds, transplant starter seedlings and more.
Our aquarium works best with common pet fish: tetras, guppies, minnows, mollies, and most small freshwater fish. On the back, there is a 2 inch gap between the grow bed and aquarium, which leaves room for a heater, automatic fish feeder, aerator and or other aquarium accessories.
The Garden is ideal not only for growing fresh herbs and plants, but also for teaching. Our Garden is ideal for demonstrating a variety of concepts in chemistry, biology, and ecology. It’s an especially great tool for keeping kids engaged, a living model ecosystem that they can interact with as they watch the transformation of the energy in fish food into waste, plants, and ultimately herbs, greens, and even fruits for them to enjoy. Be sure to check out our blog for more articles on understanding the principles behind aquaponics and using your Garden to teach a variety of subjects!
The Garden has a 2” gap between the aquarium and grow-bed on the back to feed your fish and accommodate accessories. You can easily move the Garden to gain full access to the aquarium.