The beauty of aquaponics lies in the perfect unison of plant and animal life working together to create a smoothly running, mutually beneficial ecosystem. Aquaponics is the practice of combining aquaculture (raising aquatic life) with hydroponics (growing your plants without soil). In an aquaponic environment, you simply feed your fish and wait for your plants to grow. You may need to top the water up from time to time as it can be lost through evaporation but the system mostly looks after itself. The fish or other aquatic life produce waste which is used to supply nutrients to your plants within a hydroponic setup. The water that carries the waste is then purified as the plants use the nutrients and it gets filtered back into the animals’ habitat.
Not only is this a wonderfully symbiotic environment, you will also notice your plants will grow much more efficiently within this system as they are getting a constant and readily available supply of both water and nutrients. You can grow fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables to eat, farm your own fish for consumption, or you can simply grow beautiful flowers within an aesthetically pleasing aquaponics system to beautify your home.
You can set up your own aquaponics system with a few basic necessities. Although, if that sounds like too much hassle, you can also just purchase an aquaponics grow kit that only requires you to add the fish and plants. There are many options that will fit any gardening need. A large, higher end aquaponics kit is ideal for growing a large amount of crops in the shortest time. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, there are many options that are designed to fit on your countertop and provide more of a visually pleasing centerpiece rather than a high output vegetable garden. Check out some of these kits to find the perfect aquaponics system to fit your needs.
Genesis Aquaponics Kit
The Genesis Aquaponics Kit provides 24 square feet of grow bed as well as a 140 gallon fish tank, giving you the potential to grow up to 240 pounds of vegetables and 25-30 pounds of fish per year. You’ll also receive pre-cut plumping, water & air pumps, and clay pebbles which will be used to help you set up your system. Assembly is simple and a detailed owners manual is included to walk you through the set up. The system is 48” wide x 96” long x 42” tall and is available in desert tan, plum, and gray.
Professional AquaBox Aquaponics Kit
The Professional AquaBox Aquaponics Kit is crafted in a beautiful wood design and it comes with absolutely everything you need to set up your aquaponics system, aside from the plants and the fish. The grow bed on top is filled with hydro clay pebbles which act as a growing media for your plants. The 30 gallon fish tank is situated below the grow bed yet is easily accessible for feeding. The entire system is 35” wide x 58” long x 26” tall, making this system big enough to grow a decently sized crop and raise fish that are large enough to eat.
Aspen Aqua Grow Aquaponics System
The Aspen Aqua Grow Aquaponics System is 40” x 33” x 24” and it’s available in light granite, dark granite, or red brick. The grow system comes with everything you need to get you started, including a pump, a filter system, an instruction manual, and a starter pack that supplies you with clay grow media, powdered soluble seaweed, nitrifying bacteria, natural water conditioner, and a medium buffer bag. The system features a trellising post which can be used to attach a grow light or to support climbing and vining plants. The tank in the bottom can house between 5-7 decorative or edible fish.
Ecolife Aquaponics Indoor Garden System
The Ecolife Aquaponics Indoor Garden System fits atop a 20 gallon fish tank to create a closed loop, sustainable ecosystem. The system is equipped with programmable LED lights which offer 4 grow settings as well as a built in timer and a remote. Instructional videos, email, and phone support are all included in case you need help in setting up your system. Learning curricula is offered for teachers should this system be used in the classroom as a teaching tool. The 20 gallon tank, plants, and fish are not included with this system.
EcoQube Aquarium Aquaponics System
The EcoQube Aquarium Aquaponics System is a 1.5 gallon aquarium, just large enough to hold several small fish, guppies, or one Betta fish. It is designed to house one Basil plant which will act as a part of the filtration system to purify the water. This modest tank is perfect for a desk, bookshelf, kitchen counter, or any other small space. The kit comes with decorative sand, a decorative stone mountain, a glass cover, and a remote controlled UV LED Light. You should never need to change the water with this low maintenance, self sterilizing aquaponics kit.
The AquaSprouts Garden fits any standard 10 gallon aquarium and comes in a sleek, matte black design. The aquarium is not included with the kit but you will receive a removable light bar that can support any standard indoor grow light, a water pump with a timer, clay grow media which will support your plant’s roots and help to filter waste from the water, and a detailed step-by-step instruction manual. Specialized teaching curricula is available if this aquaponics kit is to be used inside the classroom to teach children about nature, gardening, and the ecosystem.
Back to the Roots Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem
The Back to the Roots Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem is one of the few aquaponics kits that actually includes everything you need to get started, even down to a coupon for your fish. With this kit you will receive microgreen seeds, D-Klor, Zym-Bac, and growing medium, and fish food. The tank is 13.4” x 13.4” x 9.5” which is compact enough to fit in a small space yet just the right size for growing microgreens and raising small decorative fish. The kit is 100% guaranteed to grow otherwise you’ll receive a free replacement kit or get your money back.
Neverland Aquaponics Ecosystem
The Neverland Aquaponics Ecosystem is 15″ long x 6.5″ wide x 9″ tall and features a stylish rounded design. The tank is equipped with an LED light that can be set to red, blue, green, purple, or white to create a relaxing atmosphere of soft lighting. This aquaponics system uses a four stage filtration system with volcanic stone, nitrifying bacteria, activated carbon, and biochemical cotton filters in order to completely purify the water before it returns to the tank. This system would make an excellent, low maintenance piece of living decor for any room.
Huamuyu Aquaponics Garden
For an inexpensive option, the Huamuyu Aquaponics Garden is a 12.2″ x 7.7″ x 11.0” tank that will hold up to 3 gallons of water. The water level fluctuates in 2 minutes cycles to provide a regular oxygen supply to the plant’s roots. The natural filtration of the aquaponic environment should make it so you’ll rarely need to clean the tank, but when cleaning is required the U-shaped based makes the job much easier. This kit comes with the tank, a seed sprouter tray, a pump, filtering sponge, pea seeds, ceramsite, and an instruction manual.
AIBSI Aquaponics System
This super tiny AIBSI Aquaponics System is only 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.1”. It can support 1-3 small fish and a little herb plant or succulent. The tank is a translucent blue hue and the kit comes with a planting pod, a terracotta disc, and vermiculite. This system will auto-irrigate the plant for 3-4 weeks but the water will need to be changed periodically. Additional fertilizer may need to be added to the plant pod to supplement the nutrients provided by the fish waste.
There are aquaponics kits and systems available to suit almost any gardening need, be it for high crop yield or simply to create a gorgeous display of plant and animal life. The price range of these kits can vary greatly, with tiny single fish tanks being quite affordable to larger, more expensive farm systems that will house an entire school of fish. Choose the kit that fits your budget as well as your gardening needs and get started in creating your very own enclosed ecosystem to raise and care for.