ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit

The ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit by ECOLIFE is designed to turn your 20 gallon aquarium into a productive organic garden. ECOLIFE’s organizational goal is to resolving conflict between conservation needs and community needs. While the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit won’t solve the world’s problems, it was designed to be an educational and useful tool. The idea behind this kit is to create a closed system. Nitrates at the end of the Nitrogen Cycle are used to feed the plants. The plants will consume the nitrates thereby reducing them in the water. Will it work and eliminate the need to water changes? That remains to be seen. Keep in mind that community fish tanks don’t seem require water changes as often as cichlid tanks. According the ECOLIFE;

“The ECO-Cycle Aquaponics kit may be used to demonstrate concepts such as the nitrogen cycle, the role of bacteria in ecology, the function of water in ecology, living systems, plant and animal life cycles, hydrodynamics, and the science of food production.”

Basically the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics kit pumps water from the tank and uses it feed the plants growing above the tank. The kit comes with everything you need to retrofit an existing 20 gallon fish tank. The kit including a pump, lights, plant growing media and filtration. More information on this kit is available in the ECOLIFE Magazine Fall 2012 issue(PDF). The kit and everything that it includes can be purchased directly from ECOLIFE. This product would undoubtedly be great in a classroom situation. For others, this might be a great excuse to add one more tank to your home. Just imagine the benefits of having fresh herbs while teaching your kids about science.

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