Home & Kitchen
Who doesn't want to have an unlimited supply of fresh and delicious herbs right on their kitchen top?
With new Aquaponics home systems you can now enjoy the benefits of home farming in the most sustainable and organic way. No need to water the plants, no need to clean or get dirty with soil, no need for chemical fertilisers, and the fish will add that little extra touch of life to your kitchen!
Aquafarm at Home Frequently Asked Questions FAQ's:
Where should I keep my AquaFarm?
When growing basil or other light-loving plants, you'll want to put your AquaFarm somewhere that receives a significant amount of direct sunlight - ideally by a south-facing window. If possible, try to orient the tank in a way that blocks sunlight from hitting the water in the tank, but allows light to reach the plants - this helps prevent algae from growing in the tank. If you don't have a spot like the one described above, we highly recommend you grow wheatgrass, as it grows fantastically in low light conditions. You can also invest in a small grow light - recommendations of ours can be found
Can I grow different types of plants at the same time?
Yes, you can plant different seeds at the same time, though we recommend you plant them in different plant pots.
Can I grow flowers in my AquaFarm?
Flowers require higher quantities of nutrients than our one betta can provide. Leafy greens and herbs require lower nutrient levels and work great with the AquaFarm. That said, feel free to experiment! We love to hear what plants are growing in customers’ AquaFarms and how they’re doing.
How many seeds do I pour in each plant pot?
Your AquaFarm is just like any other garden. Each plant is different, so it's best to follow the recommended planting instructions on the back of your seed packets. To avoid overcrowding, we recommend you seed each net pot with 4-5 basil seeds. Once these have sprouted, choose your favorite 1-2 sprouts to leave in each net pot and pull out the rest.
Wheatgrass is not sensitive to overcrowding, so feel free to use as many seeds as you like in each plant pot.
My AquaFarm has algae, what's wrong?
Algae growth is a common issue in aquariums and develops as a result of the combination of sunlight, nutrients, and water. While algae is perfectly safe for your fish, preventing it will help you keep a clean and clear tank.
You can help prevent rapid algae growth by blocking the back side of your AquaFarm and minimizing sun exposure to the tank. One or two algae-eating snails or an Otocinclus catfish may also be great additions to your AquaFarm, as they will eat the algae and eat additional food and solid waste in your tank. They'll happily clean your tank for you!
Finally, if your tank only receives a small amount of light, a live water plant inside of your tank will help keep the water crystal clear.
My AquaFarm isn’t self cleaning. What’s wrong?
If you’ve recently set up your AquaFarm and it’s looking cloudy, do not fret! It should clear up within a week.
As long as the plants are thriving, your water should be crystal clear. Often the plants that we eat have a short life cycle. If it's time to re-plant your wheatgrass (it's loosing color and not absorbing nutrients), simply pull out as much of the root and plant as possible. Rinse the remaining Growstones and plant pots (do not wash with soap) and plant new seeds on top of the wet Growstones. Please check the back of your seed packet for additional instructions (ie soaking seeds overnight or rinsing clean before planting). Wheatgrass and other sprouts will grow quickly and begin filtering the water almost immediately. Consider keeping one plant pot of wheatgrass consistently growing.
If your plants are thriving, but your tank is not clean, you may have a bit of algae build up. Algae is common in any fish tank and very easy to manage and prevent. Adding an algae eater or fresh water snail will help keep your "windows" clean and a live water plant in your tank will absorb additional nutrients that algae thrives on.
If you’re noticing old food accumulating at the bottom of the tank, you’re likely overfeeding your fish. You can vacuum this old food up with a siphon and lessen the amount you feed your fish, monitoring your fish closely as you change its diet. Tidy Tank will also help break down the additional solid waste in your tank.