The garden fish tank combines aquaculture and agriculture into a single integrated system. This new product uses a technique that has been dubbed “aquaponics.” The idea behind this innovative contraption is to make gardening more accessible to those who do not have access to a large yard.
With the migration of the younger generations into the center of the nations metropolitan districts, space has become limited in urban quarters as stacked condo’s pile high in the sky. The Aqualibrium Garden expands on this idea of stacking by placing a fish tank on top of a self-promoting garden! So what exactly is aquaponics and why should you care? The section below will explain everything for you.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics combines the process of raising fish with the idea of hydroponics. Aquaculture, as it appropriately been titled, can supply adequate nutrients for plant life and promote a thriving garden. In essence, the Aqualibrium lets you grow fish and plants in a single inter-dependent system!
Marine life naturally releases waste products that are a great source of organic food for plants. No chemicals or pesticides are required so your garden is 100% organic! The beauty of mother nature would have it that microbes and red worms play a vital role in the success of this system. These little guys convert ammonia from fish excrement’s into nitrates that plants can use, creating a beneficial relationship for both parties.
What’s the difference between aquaponics and hydroponics?
Aquaponics uses H20 similar to the hydroponics system but it differs in the fact that it doesn’t require any nutrients to be added to the soil. Where then do they come from? The nutrients are produced by the aquatic environment and the species living in it. An aquaponics system does not require you to replace the water like you do in a hydroponics set-up. This makes gardening that much easier for you. Kick your feet up and watch the fishes swim!
Hydroponics vs Aquaponics Infographic
Another added bonus that make aquaponics sytems ideal is sure to get any gardener excited; weeds do not grow in aquaponics environments! They reuse waste and use less water, making gardening simple and low-maintenance. Automate your garden by letting your plants take care of your fish and vice versa!
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The Aqualibriuim Garden
As stated by Joshua Rittenberg, CEO of Aqualibrium, “Right now, there is no product on the market that allows for substantial food production using either aquaponics or hydroponics that is designed for urban living and is cost-effective.” (Fastcodedesign.com, 12/13)
The Aqualibrium Garden is an “indoor ecosystem designed to grow fresh herbs, vegetables, and flowering plants in any home.” (Aqualibrium.com, 12/13). A fish tank is seated directly below a small garden. Both systems benefit one another inversely. Plant roots filter out elements that are harmful to the fish while the fish provide valuable nutrients that the plants need to thrive.
No extra mulch, compost, minerals, or nutrients are required to be added. What about lighting? LED grow lights are built into this system so you won’t have to worry about sunlight exposure inside of your home. All you have to do is feed your fish! The company recommends using small fish like tiger barbs and neon tetras. The Aqualibrium Garden solves a problem for many urban dwellers, providing a feasible way to grow their own food and take a step toward living a sustainable lifestyle.
As you know, organic gardening is not only good for the environment, it’s good for us too! We can eliminate the amount of chemicals used to sterilize commercial crops and also reduce emissions. When our groceries don’t have to be transported on large trucks, we eliminate the number of vehicles on the road and harmful pollutants that are emitted by automobile exhaust. Do your part to help preserve the world and think about adding one of these cool new gardens to your apartment!
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Cheryl Khan is a contributor to the Patio Productions Blog who enjoys sharing cool gardening tips with readers. She loves traveling and one day hopes to take a trip to Peru with a few of her friends!