The Springworks MicroFarm Aquaponics System is an innovative tool that transforms a standard 10 gallon aquarium into an micro aquaponic garden. It utilizes simple ecosystem concepts to grow plants indoors and requires very little maintenance. Plants flourish from nutrients provided by the fish, and water changes are minimal as the plants act as natural filters to remove nitrates that are harmful to the fish. This micro system is perfect when space is limited or if you simply want to grow herbs that are accessible from your kitchen.
Type of Aquaponic System
The Springworks MicroFarm, as the name implies, is a micro aquaponics conversion kit that is suitable for indoor, home, office, and classroom use.
This system includes a pre-set timer which automatically floods the grow bed for 15 minutes every hour, then drains the grow bed, repeating the cycle continuously every hour. The timer is pre-set at intervals for optimal plant growth — all you have to do is plug the pump into the timer and the timer into the nearest electrical outlet, and it will magically cycle the water through your grow bed at regular intervals .
Whats Included in the Springworks MicroFarm Aquaponics System
The Springworks MicroFarm Aquaponics System contains everything you need to convert a standard 10 gallon aquarium into a productive indoor food garden.
The MicroFarm Aquaponics System includes:
✓ Tank Lid
✓ Grow Bed
✓ Clay grow media
✓ Grow Light, reflector and light pole
✓ Timer that facilitates flooding and draining of the grow bed at pre-set intervals
✓ Dechlorinator and beneficial bacteria for treating the water prior to adding the fish
✓ Organic herb seeds (Oregano & Sweet Basil)
To save shipping costs and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation, an aquarium is not included with this kit. Purchase a locally sourced standard 10 gallon aquarium, plus aquarium gravel (optional) and fish of your choice, then simply add water.
Setting up the Microfarm Aquaponic System
Assembly is fairly straight forward:
- Position the 10-gallon aquarium in the desired location, add gravel and tank decorations (optional) — ensure that these do not contain BPA or other harmful contaminants. Then fill with water; add a teaspoon of dechlorinator plus beneficial bacterial starter and mix well.
- Place the cover onto the aquarium, and with the logo facing forward towards you, insert the drain-cage mechanism into the hole on the left hand side of the grow bed and the media guard into the hole on the right hand side. Ensure that every 4th peg is down for optimal flood and drain timing, then plug the timer into the closest electrical outlet.
- Empty the clay grow media into the grow bed then rinse well (until the water that runs out the grow bed is clear).
- Place the grow bed onto the platform stage of the tank cover and connect the tube from the pump to the fixture that protrudes from the bottom right hand side of the grow bed. Then slide the grow bed backwards and put the feeding lid onto the cover of the tank.
- Screw the light pole into the light fixture, then connect it to the grow bed, pushing the stabilizer into position to hold it in firmly place
- You can now plug the pump into the timer and introduce your fish to the tank. Start by floating them in the bag they came in for 15 minutes to allow them to gradually climatize to the change in temperature. Then open the bag and slowly pour the water and fish into their new environment.
- Plant seeds into the grow bed at a depth of approximately a quarter of an inch, spacing seeds about an inch apart — you can always thin out later if necessary.
Spring works MicroFarm Aquaponics System$199
Ease of Use10.0/10
Instructions / Support10.0/10
- Top class service and support
- Clear instructions
- Simple setup
- Compact System for Indoor use
- STEM K-12 curriculum provided
- A bit on the small side
- Not readily expandable
- May require additional filtration initially
- Not suitable for outdoor use