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Back to the Roots Aqua Farm

Back to the Roots Aqua Farm Lowest new price: $52.94
List price: $65.38
Brand: Back to the Roots

What Is the AquaFarm?

The AquaFarm combines a 3-gallon fish tank with a vegetable and herb grow bed into one closed-loop system that fits easily on any kitchen counter. The waste from the fish provides nutrients for the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish!

A self-cleaning fish tank that grows plants
Grow a variety of herbs
What Is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is an ancient sustainable method of farming developed by the Aztecs. It uses 90% less water than traditional farming methods and combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). Scaled down to a table-top system, this is what happens inside the AquaFarm: 1. Fish waste, which is toxic to the fish if allowed to accumulate, is pumped through an inner tube in the tank into a grow tray above containing plants. 2. The plant roots act as a biofilter where beneficial bacteria break down the harmful ammonia in the waste into nitrites and then finally nitrates which are absorbed as food by the plants. 3. The clean water is circulated back into the fish tanks so all you have to do is feed the fish!

What plants can I grow in my AquaFarm?

We include organic wheatgrass and basil seeds with every AquaFarm. If you’re looking to grow other plants, leafy greens and herbs work best. We recommend parsley, cilantro, mint, arugula, mixed greens, and other varieties of basil.

What types of fish can I keep in my AquaFarm?

The AquaFarm is not suitable for fish that are particularly sensitive to fluctuating ammonia and nitrite levels. This is a completely biologically-filtered system, and it does take time for the tank to cycle and become balanced. For this reason, we recommend betta fish, as they are especially hardy. Zebra danios and guppies also work well with the AquaFarm at numbers of two to three per tank. If you decide to keep goldfish, please make sure you have a larger tank to move them to once they outgrow the 3 gallons!

How many fish can I keep in my AquaFarm?

If you have a betta, you can only keep one per tank, as they will fight if kept with other fish. If you’re keeping other more peaceful fish, the general rule of thumb is 1” of fish per gallon.

Tips for a thriving AquaFarm
  • Bettas are tropical fish, and happiest in water between 76-82 F. If your home is not regularly a temperature in this range we recommend a heater for your betta.
  • Algae is a common issue in aquariums and develops as a result of the combination of excess nutrients in the water and sunlight. Being careful not to overfeed your fish is one way to prevent nutrients from building up. If your AquaFarm is in a spot that receives very direct sunlight, this is great for the plants, but not the tank water. In this situation, consider putting a back panel over the tank side to prevent sunlight from hitting the water.
  • Don’t forget to feed your fish. Push the feed cap down to rotate it open and drop 5-6 pellets of the included food into the tank.
Fish feed the plants. Plants clean the Water.
Who should I contact with other questions about my AquaFarm?

Please contact customer service at Back To The Roots with any questions or feedback. You can email contact@backtotheroots.com, or call 510.922.9758. We would love to hear from you.


Features:

  • Self-cleaning fish tank that grows food.
  • Fish waste feeds the plants. Plants clean the water.
  • Includes everything you need to get started as well as organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish.
  • Sleek and attractive design with 3-gallon capacity.
  • Perfect for your kitchen or classroom. Also makes a great gift.

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6 in. Wide Lip Bucket Basket - Round Plant Container with Mesh Bottom - Hydrofarm HG6RDBK

6 in. Wide Lip Bucket Basket - Round Plant Container with Mesh Bottom - Hydrofarm HG6RDBK Lowest new price: $9.16
Brand: Hydrofarm
Model: HG6RDBK

6" Wide Lip Bucket Basket Lid. Grow like a pro with Hydrofarm's assortment of net cups, mesh pots, and baskets. They are great for all your plants, and promote healthy roots by offering even drainage. Allowing roots to grow through the large mesh grid promotes bigger, healthier roots. You can use these with any of your favorite growing media.

Features:

  • aeroponics
  • hydroponics
  • deep water culture
  • dwc

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Live Equisetum Horsetail Plants - Bamboo - Zen Koi Pond Evergreen Plant

Live Equisetum Horsetail Plants - Bamboo - Zen Koi Pond Evergreen Plant Lowest new price: $9.95
Brand: Houston Bamboo Nursery

Horsetail (Equisetum hyemale) is a very primitive perennial plant with dark-green hollow, jointed or segmented stems 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick with no true leaves. The young grow to 1 - 2 ft., 1/8 - ¼" in diameter. Mature stems reach 3 - 6 ft., 3/8 - ½" in diameter. Stems may be singular or have whorls of branches. Only single stems produce the cone-shaped spore producing body at the tip. Horsetails can be standing in water or in wet areas. Horsetail stems contain silicon crystals (i.e. sand) embedded in its tissue. This gritty texture gives it a common name of "scouring rush". Grows in continuously moist soil and tolerates full sun to partial shade. Growth can overcome small gardens. Great for containers, adding an unusual touch to your patio or zen garden.

Features:

  • 10-15 horsetail plants from a one gal pot approx. 1-2 ft. tall
  • Beautiful bamboo like plant for your koi pond or zen garden.
  • Cold hardy and evergreen!
  • Max. Height: 6' feet tall Max. Diameter: .5" inches wide Min. Temp: -20 F (Hardy in USDA Zones 6 to 10) Light: (shade-sun 1-5): 3-5

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Hinterland Trading Live Aquatic Marimo Moss Ball Plant Pet Glass Aquarium Kit

Hinterland Trading Live Aquatic Marimo Moss Ball Plant Pet Glass Aquarium Kit Lowest new price: $19.99
Brand: Hinterland Trading
Model: HTMAR001

Hi! I'm your new Marimo (Japanese) Cladophora Ball, or Moss Ball (English). I am a rare algae growth that only forms in a few lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan and Estonia. Many cultures consider me good luck. I'm very easy to care for. Just place me in a container with tap water and change it every one or two weeks. Please rinse anything you add to my container to keep my home clean. You don't need to feed me. I don't require anything but low light and clean water to live. Please don't put me in direct sunlight. We don't get much of that on the lake floor, so I don't like it. I am most comfortable in normal to low household lighting. The gentle lake currents give me my beautiful round shape. If you gently swirl my water every once in a while that would be great! As a special treat you could even take me out and gently roll me across your palm. I sink or float depending on my mood (oxygen produced by the photosynthesis moves me up and down.) If I turn brown you can help me by replacing my water, squeezing me under running water to wash out any dirt, and adding about 5% table salt to my water. I will recover quickly. Also, a night in the fridge is like a week at the spa for me as I prefer cold water. I can live up to 200 years and grow about .5cm per year. Thanks for being so kind to me. Now I'm going to get to work being awesome!

Features:

  • Perfect aquatic pet aquarium
  • Easy to care for great for kids
  • Kit includes, 5" glass jar with cork lid, pebbles, sea fan and 1 1/4 Marimo pet
  • Directions for care included
  • Kit comes gift boxed

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Hinterland Trading Live Marimo Moss Ball Pet Cladophora Aquatic Plant 1 1/4"

Hinterland Trading Live Marimo Moss Ball Pet Cladophora Aquatic Plant 1 1/4" Lowest new price: $3.00
Brand: Hinterland Trading
Model: HTMAR003

Hi! I'm your new Marimo (Japanese) Cladophora Ball, or Moss Ball (English). I am a rare algae growth that only forms in a few lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Japan and Estonia. Many cultures consider me good luck. I'm very easy to care for. Just place me in a container with tap water and change it every one or two weeks. Please rinse anything you add to my container to keep my home clean. You don't need to feed me. I don't require anything but low light and clean water to live. Please don't put me in direct sunlight. We don't get much of that on the lake floor, so I don't like it. I am most comfortable in normal to low household lighting. The gentle lake currents give me my beautiful round shape. If you gently swirl my water every once in a while that would be great! As a special treat you could even take me out and gently roll me across your palm. I sink or float depending on my mood (oxygen produced by the photosynthesis moves me up and down.) If I turn brown you can help me by replacing my water, squeezing me under running water to wash out any dirt, and adding about 5% table salt to my water. I will recover quickly. Also, a night in the fridge is like a week at the spa for me as I prefer cold water. I can live up to 200 years and grow about .5cm per year. Thanks for being so kind to me. Now I'm going to get to work being awesome!

Features:

  • Perfect aquatic pet
  • Easy to care for great for kids
  • Wonderful 1 1/4" little Marimo ready to help clean your fish tank
  • Good friend for a Beta fish or shrimp
  • Marimo moss ball only pebbles or aquarium not included

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1/4 CUP OF DUCKWEED

Features:

  • Great for Shade
  • Koi love it
  • Duck Weed is a hardy free floating plant that is found around the planet, with low to moderate lighting requirements

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Bloomsz Water Lily Sioux

Bloomsz Water Lily Sioux Lowest new price: $9.98
Brand: BLOOMSZ
Model: 00266

Water Lily Sioux is, perhaps, the most enchanting water lily of all! On the first day, light yellow flowers float gently on the surface of the water above green lilypads mottled with red. As the days progress, the flowers change to deep orange and then turn to a coppery red. Each star-shape flower boasts 19-20 petals. Deep green leaves enhance the dramatic changes of color. The Sioux's fragrant colorful blooms and easy care make it an ideal choice for water gardens and ponds of all sizes.

Features:

  • Water Lily Sioux is, perhaps, the most enchanting water lily of all! On the first day, light yellow flowers float gently on the surface of the water above green lilypads mottled with red. As the days progress, the flowers change to deep orange and then turn to a coppery red. Each star-shape flower boasts 19-20 petals. Deep green leaves enhance the dramatic changes of color. The Sioux's fragrant colorful blooms and easy care make it an ideal choice for water gardens and ponds of all sizes.
  • Pre-planted in a weighted net bag to protect the tuber from being eaten by fish, simply drop the plant in the desired place in the pond. There is no need to purchase anything else to enjoy this plant.
  • During the heat of the day, the leaves of the Water Lily Sioux provide much-needed shade for aquatic life. Sioux also assists in minimizing algae blooms and helps to supply oxygen to the water.
  • Water Lily Sioux is winter hardy, and once placed in the pond it will survive harsh winters as long as the tuber remains below the ice level of the pond. Dormancy will end when the water warms.
  • Adding water plants to a pond or water garden not only beautifies the waterscape, but they are also essential in helping to create and maintain a healthy contained ecosystem.

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Crystalwort (Riccia Fluitans, Java Moss Alternative) EXTRA LARGE 5"x5" Mat - Loose, Floating Live Aquarium Plant by InvertObsession

Crystalwort (Riccia Fluitans, Java Moss Alternative) EXTRA LARGE 5"x5" Mat - Loose, Floating Live Aquarium Plant by InvertObsession Lowest new price: $9.95
List price: $19.95
Brand: InvertObsession
Model: CW2

Crystalwort is a very fast growing aquatic plant that is a lush and vibrant green. Popular among aquascapers around the world for its striking coloration, a Crystalwort patch is a must in every show tank. Comes with enough Crystalwort to make a 3" by 3" patch. It can be grown as a floating plant, which makes it great for bottom dwelling species that eat live plants. It can also be tied down to aquarium decorations to form a bush-like structure.

Features:

  • All InvertObsession brand plants and animals on Amazon come with free phone/text/email support directly from the owner and breeder!
  • Crystalwort is a floating plant that can also be tied to decorations. It ships as a loose bunch that is not tied to a mat.
  • Does not need special or high intensity lighting - can be kept in any freshwater aquarium.
  • Great for fish and dwarf shrimp fry! Provides biofilm, hiding places, and security for the young when you place it in a breeding tank.
  • Bright and healthy, and kept in water in a dedicated tank rather than plastic packaging, which means your plant will arrive much healthier.

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Features:

  • High in Protein
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Bloomsz Water Lily Attraction

Bloomsz Water Lily Attraction Lowest new price: $9.98
Brand: BLOOMSZ
Model: 00263

Water Lily Attraction, which completes its life cycle in the water, is a true aquatic plant. Flowers remain open from the middle of the morning until late afternoon, and you can witness the large red flowers deepen in color as the days go by. During the heat of the day, the 5-7 pads of a single plant will provide much-needed shade for aquatic life. The plant itself will help supply oxygen to the water while assisting in minimizing algae blooms.

Features:

  • Water Lily Attraction, which completes its life cycle in the water, is a true aquatic plant. Flowers remain open from the middle of the morning until late afternoon, and you can witness the large red flowers deepen in color as the days go by. During the heat of the day, the 5-7 pads of a single plant will provide much-needed shade for aquatic life. The plant itself will help supply oxygen to the water while assisting in minimizing algae blooms.
  • Pre-planted in a weighted net bag to protect the tuber from being eaten by fish, simply drop the plant in the desired place in the pond. There is no need to purchase anything else to enjoy this plant.
  • Water Lily Attraction is winter hardy, and once placed in the pond it will survive harsh winters as long as the tuber remains below the ice level of the pond. Dormancy will end when the water warms.
  • Water plants provide the perfect means for blending a pond or water garden into the surrounding landscape.
  • Adding water plants to a pond or water garden not only beautifies the waterscape, but they are also essential in helping to create and maintain a healthy contained ecosystem.

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