Aquarium with plant filtration system powered by fish poop (aka aquaponics)


Yet another design concept, though seems like there are definitely plans for this one to go into production next year.  The concept is very simple, fish poop in the water, pump brings “soiled” water to filter through some river sand, bacteria converts “impurities” to nitrates, and finally the plants absorb the nitrates as food returning cleaner water back to the fishes.

Now this has a couple of good target markets for environmental friendly types  who can feel good about the natural filtration of the water.  Second is lazy types who can use this as a reason to not have to change the water for an extra week.  I fall under both categories so if priced right I may be seeing one of these on my desk in the next year, unless the price is horrendous in which I will be creating my own version which I will be sure to share here.

[Duende Studio via CoolHunting vi Gizmodo]

7 Responses to “Aquarium with plant filtration system powered by fish poop (aka aquaponics)”

  1. Cassandra Says:

    This looks very sleek and all, but how is that fancy filter different than just running a regular filter and having live plants inside the aquarium? Wouldn't their roots also absorb the nitrites?

  2. Robj98168 Says:

    What? Couldn't they find a way to collect the fish poop for fertilizer for above ground plants?Fish are cool but they don't sit well in a lap like a goggie or kitteh

  3. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Cassandra, that is true but looks less of a science experiment. Actually this one could use some cool beakers or something.Robj, well that one is too easy, dump the poopy water on your plants when you clean the tank. Though can't make any money off that 🙂

  4. sanpedro Says:

    this technique is called aquaponics.great blog!

  5. Dan Says:

    Nice! first time I seen it.

  6. Tropical Fish Says:

    you’ve got to post a photo if you do end up creating your own DIY version.

  7. Fidele Morais Says:

    Glad to be one of the visitants on this awing website : D.

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