Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 Review

Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 Review

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If you’re on the look-out for an aquarium for sale that’s also a unique fish tank, then Back to the Root’s AquaFarm v2 might be the fish tank for you.

Let’s be honest, fish aren’t the most exciting of pets. They aren’t cuddly and playful like dogs can be. They’re not as fun to watch as cats. They can’t even be taught to speak like some birds. Of course, it cannot be denied that watching fish swimming in a tack can be very calming. It’s a peaceful feeling that can’t quite compare with other pets.

But that doesn’t really stop fish owners from looking for ways to make their tanks more appealing. Thus, looking for an aquarium for sale might actually be unique fish tank searches in disguise. Well, here’s one for you. And it can’t get anymore unique than this.

Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 Features

  • Silent, submersible water pump.
  • 360⁰ view.
  • Self cleaning.
  • Grows food.
  • All-in-one kit includes water pump, organic seeds and discount coupon for betta fish.

Our Review

 

Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 Unboxing Review

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That the Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 is a unique fish tank cannot be denied. It’s a 3-gallon fish tank combined with a vegetable and herb grow bed to create a closed-loop system utilizing aquaponics technology. Aquaponics is a method that was 90% less water than traditional farming methods.

If you haven’t realized it yet, AquaFarm is more than just an aquarium. It’s an aquarium with a garden on top. This is the science behind it: the fish waste is pumped through an inner tube in the tank to the grow tray above. Meanwhile, the plant roots act as a biofilter. It breaks down the harmful ammonia in the waste into nitrate to be absorbed as food. The clean water is circulated back to the tank. Sounds impressive so far, yeah?

Basically, all you need to do with this set-up is feed the fish. The tank is ideal for betas, although you may have to limit that to just one per tank as they tend to get aggressive and it is just a 3-gallon aquarium. With other fish that’s a bit more peaceful however, the rule of thumb is still an inch of fish per gallon.

Before you go traipsing to buy your unique fish tank, though, be warned of the setbacks in this set-up, or at least in this particular aquarium.

For one, we found that solid fish waste tended to accumulate at the bottom of the tank. You’d think that of the very little gravel it came with it would be easy to clean. It’s not. The stuff will build up and you’ll need to clean it regularly. The pump just can’t take out enough of the waste.

We also found that the air pump nitrates against the housing and makes a lot of noise. We had to add padding between the pump and enclosure just to be rid of the racket. The plant frame/tray doesn’t sit perfectly into the tank, either and may even warp in time.

And in an aquarium this size, you really can’t expect a heater to be included. So if you live in colder climates, it may be an issue.

Finally, our greatest concern about the aquarium: there seems to be a conflict with what the fish need and what the plants require in terms of lightning. Plants as everyone is well aware, need sunlight for photosynthesis to happen and for them to actually grow. But fish cannot really be left indirect sunlight. With no lights included in the kit to support this, you’re left in a dilemma.

Pros

  • Doesn’t take a lot of space.
  • Self-cleaning.
  • Basic aquaponics kit.
  • Looks good.
  • Simple design.

Cons

  • Waste may accumulate at tank bottom.
  • Must be cleansed regularly.
  • No heater.
  • Pump can be improved.
  • Tray may warp.
  • Inadequate light.

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