Design and Decor

AquaFarm: homemade greens and aquarium

A stylish aquarium with a fish that growsEdible and useful greens - is it possible? It turns out that such a miracle invention already exists and is called an aqua farm. The editorial board tested this miracle and shared with you the findings. This unusual device surprises at first sight. It looks like an aquarium, but closed with pots with real green plantations. And then in my head there are thoughts: "Does the fish choke there? How and what do plants eat? Where do the wastes of the aquatic life disappear? " Since the aqua farm is a thing of rather original and growing popularity all over the world, we simply could not sit idly by and decided to introduce you, dear readers, with this ecofriendly invention closer. Well, at the same time they met. At the time of the test, the editorial board put the aqua farm in his office, and she liked the editor-in-chief so much that now this wonder-thing is at her house.

What kind of fruit?

If you have been thinking about starting a homePet, and like fresh greens to put in a salad, then aqua-farm - an invention for you! And there is practically no need to make efforts to create and maintain your own mini-farm. Buy a set, which already includes an aquarium, seeds, pots and fodder for fish. Go to the pet store for a younger brother. Following the instructions, install the entire system (which will take only about 20 minutes). Feed your favorite pet and enjoy the option! Do not worry that the aquarium will get dirty, the fish will be bad and nothing will come of it. The system is designed in such a way that the aquarium cleans itself with a special pump. Waste serves as a food for plants that grow according to the laws of hydroponics. In addition to fresh greens, pleasing to the eye, you get fresh oxygen, emitted by plants. Oksana Kashenko, editor-in-chief of the portal - I have long dreamed about aqua farm, but I did not know if it was so convenient to take care of it. Since I am the mother of two young children, for me it was very important to really not waste time cleaning the aquarium. And they gave it to me: there was no limit to the delight of my children. She is so designer, so beautiful! If you plant wheat in it, it sprouts for two days, and on the fourth day a beautiful meadow appears on the aqua farm. When the wheat grows slightly, it can be cut and added to salads - very tasty and useful. I also tried to plant parsley, cilantro, basil and lettuce. Basil and lettuce sprout for a long time and then, apparently, they do not have enough sun or nutrients. And parsley grows, although not as vigorously as in the beds. But the smell is amazing from her. Of the features I would like to note that you do not need to listen to consultants in pet stores, which can advise you to take other fish. My other fish did not survive. And the cockerel feels great. It can not even be fed every day - extremely convenient for families with children.

History of creation

The idea of ​​creating such a mini-ecosystem belongs toTo two Californian guys, more precisely, graduates of a research university, which is known as the University of California at Berkeley. Nikhil Arora (Nikhil Arora) and Alejandro Velez (Alejandro Velez) wanted to create a perfect mikrofermu, which would be absolutely harmless for humans and nature, and still make the world better. To realize their zadumok they collected a wholeCommand. Researchers in the field of hydroponics and aquaculture, biology, engineering and design worked on the aqua farm. As a result, they have a system that is perfect for living spaces (especially located in large cities, where the nature remains less and less) and for offices, childcare facilities (schools, kindergartens). On the territory of Russia the miracle product was popularized by the company "Back to the roots", whose specialists are engaged in the search and distribution of unusual and creative gizmos on the territory of the CIS countries. Particular attention is paid to ecoteme and gadgets, which enhance the interaction of man and nature. Mikhail Kobzaryov, the main developer of the project - We had a purely male office, and we wanted to somehow revive it. Therefore, the idea with aqua farms, where the fish swims, and the plants live, and even after which there is practically no need to look after, we liked very much. But in the first three days there was a confusion: we inattentively got acquainted with the instruction and did not penetrate into the fact that in the first few days everyone is getting used to each other: the fish to the water, the grass to the fish and so on, and from this water Can be cloudy. And already when everyone gets used to each other, the biological process of water filtration is included. We left the aqua farm for the weekend, we arrive on Monday and see the muddy water. They thought that something had gone wrong. And since the wheat has already sprouted and put roots in the stones, we have thrown out both her and the stones, since they did not know how to release them from the roots. And then they climbed up and found out that it was just necessary to wait. But now we are clever, literate. Although one more time they obeyed the advice of a consultant from a pet store and bought every kind of decor in the water. And this decor interfered with the intake of oxygen through the tube. In general, follow the instructions and do not do anything superfluous! I believe that aqua farms are a great gift for any man. The main thing is that he does not overdo it, as we do.

Grow big and small garden

So, now that we are already familiar with whatSuch an aqua farm, it's time for another important question - which plants can be grown in this way. Here, too, has its own nuances, for example, it is better to give preference to leafy greens than to flowers. This is due to the fact that flowers need more nutrients than the aqua farm can provide. Ideal plants for a miniature ecosystem are herbs and grass. Therefore, complete with a basic set of seeds of wheat and basil. But this diversity in the mini-garden is not limited. You can also grow arugula, parsley, mint or cilantro. Our opinion: - Having analyzed the experience of users and their own, we recommend buying an aqua farm on the official site of In addition to the original farm there it is possible to get consultations and answers to all questions on operation.

Who lives in the aquarium?

Now let's talk about fish. For aqua farming, any breed will not do. A resident of such an aquarium should be resistant to fluctuations in the performance of nitrites and ammonia. The inventors of aqua farms recommend to run a fish tank in the tank or, as it is also called, a Siamese cockerel. Another suitable species is zebra zebra, or zebrafish zebrafish. They can be placed on 2-3 individuals in one aquarium. Since the volume of the tank is 11 liters, it is worth remembering that many fish can not fit into it. The cockerel generally should, if possible, live alone, as next to the other individual, he can behave aggressively. The ideal calculation, if the fish are calm - three individuals of 2.5 cm. To maintain normal life of fish, water in your aquarium should be at least 25-27 degrees.

In its place

Put the farm where there is access toElectricity, it will be needed to operate the pump. The abundance of daylight will be needed for plants such as lettuce or basil. Only it is necessary to prevent sunlight from entering the water, as this can cause the appearance of algae. In the event that the access of the sun to your apartment is limited, plant the wheat. It does not require copious lighting.

Stars and aqua farms

And what famous people write about their aqua farms? We looked in the Instagram of TV presenter Irena Ponaroshku and son Evelina Bledans - Semyona Semin.,