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Floating Garden Tropical Fish Tank


The increasing interest in aquaponics has spawned a lot of commercial installations that are – to put it bluntly – made to grow vegetables and keep the fish alive, but few have tried to create a system where the two diverse parts are integrated into a stunning floating garden fish tank.

Aquaponics for the home - Duende Studio, via OhGizmo

Aquaponics for the home – Duende Studio, via OhGizmo

Granted, this is not the type of tank that will feed a family of four, it is way too small for that, but for those people who want to have the best of both worlds, take a look at the system created by Benjamin Graindorge and Duende Studio.

The fish tank is a microcosm that reflects human concerns: within the finite space of its architecture the main issue that conditions the well-being of its inhabitants is waste management.

The system is not a true aquaponics system in the commercial sense of the word, but it is a dynamic representation of the way two different environments, land and water can be combined in a symbiotic relationship that helps each ecosystem.

Waste management of the fish uses live terrestrial plants to purify the aquarium water. As with every other aquaponic system,  small fish are allowed to live in the aquarium because the plants take care of the toxins that would other wise build to dangerous levels..

Symbiosis in the Floating Garden Tropical Fish Tank

The small tanks houses a number of goldfish or easily could hold a small community of tropical fish assuming proper heating is applied.  These are constantly fed and create liquefied nitrogenous wastes such as nitrate.

In a normal set-up, nitrate will continually build up and eventually cause a number of difficulties for the fish.  Standard systems require that the water be partially changed on a very regular basis for the fish to thrive.  Instead, when coupled with, in this case, a floating terrestrial garden, the “dirty” water is pumped up into the root systems of the plants.

The roots remove the nitrate from the water as it passes by, since it is the main component of fertilizer for most plants.  The purified water is then returned to the tank.  There is no visible filter.  Actually, the floating garden takes the concept of a biological filter to a much higher level, since water cleansing relies on the needs of plants rather bacteria.

The floating garden tropical fish tank is an interesting design for people who are conscious of the chemicals they use in their homes for growing plants.  It has long been known that fish mulm is an excellent plant growth product, the difference here is that the system uses what it produces and benefits both animal and plant simultaneously.

 

 

 

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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  1. Tropical Fish Aquarist - Decorative Home Aquaponics SystemAugust 2, 2012 at 3:47 pmReply

    […] in the very near future. This is the second concept this blog has reported on, the first was the floating garden tropical fish tank.  It was not designed as an integrated home aquaponics system.  That was a prototype that fit on […]

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