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Home Aquaponics Kit for 24″ Aquariums


In a new article from Gizmag.com, a small home aquaponics kit for 24″ aquariums is featured. Aquaponics is an important trend that will become more and more important as our natural resources dwindle and the greed of various food manufacturers overpowers their commitment to delivering safe and non-genetically modified food.  Organic vegetables, grown without pesticides and from non modified seeds may become vital to the health of many of us.

The home aquaponics kit for 24″ aquariums is a product being marked by the non-profit organization ECOLIFE and as Gizmag’s article ECO-Cycle kit grows greens and cleans aquarium water points out:

The kit is designed to fit on top of a standard 20-gallon (75.7-liter) aquarium, or any other tank with a 12 x 24-inch (30.5 x 61 cm) footprint. Here’s how it works …

A submersible pump first brings “dirty” water up from the aquarium, and into a prefilter section. There, a rinsable, reusable sponge catches solid waste, while a bio-filter brick provides some initial biological filtration.

From there, the water flows into a grow tray, which holds 13 three-inch (76-mm) net pots containing greens or herbs of your choice. Instead of soil, the growing medium in these pots consists of clay pellets like those commonly used in hydroponics. Not only do these pellets serve as a substrate for the plant roots, but their surface area also provides a home for beneficial bacteria that perform further biological filtration, as the water flows through the perforated pots.

Finally, the filtered water returns to the aquarium through a drain at the end opposite the prefilter.

Photo by hardworkinghippy on Flickr, used under the Creative Commons license.

organic vegetables of all kinds can be grown in a DIY Aquaponics system for the home

The Home Aquaponics kit for 24″ Aquariums is part of a wider philosophy

The ECOLIFE organization provides products and information to a wide variety of people and projects around the world.  This home aquaponics kit for 24″ aquariums is designed to fit fish tanks 24″ x 12″ wide, which is an extremely popular standard aquarium size.  They are quite common with aquarists of all levels.  The system not only is designed to provide a reliable green vegetable source as well as a pleasurable aquarium habitat to watch, it is designed to teach.

The home aquaponics kit for 24″ aquariums provides a way to grow your own vegetables (and even add fish protein from the aquarium as well).  But at the same time it will teach the close relationships between the various cycles of life. Here is a way to grow vegetable simply by feeding the fish and assuring there is enough light for the plants to grow.

Lettuce heads

Photo by photofarmer on Flickr, used under the Creative Commons license

Follow the article and its links to find out even more about the programs and philosophy of ECOLIFE. The more you know abut growing your own safe and organic food, the better prepared you will be in the future.

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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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