ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit w/ Dual T5 Grow Light Review

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit w/ Dual T5 Grow Light Review

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Ever since I was young, I’ve maintained an aquarium. Nothing really fancy. Just an average – sized one with some goldfish. I’m allergic to both cats and dogs. And I’m not a fan of birds. So that pretty much limited what I can have by the way of pets. This love for aquatic friends followed me to college where I kept a small fishbowl in my dorm room. And when I finally got married and moved to our new home, one of the first items we installed was the 12-gallon Fluval Edge Aquarium in the living room.

Now, 3 kids later, all of them with allergies like me, we’re looking to add to our fish tank. Or maybe upgrade to a bigger one already that’s how I ended up looking for an aquarium for sale in the area. It was during one of these internet searches that I came across the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit with Dual T5 Grow Light.

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit Features

  • Closed, re-circulating system.
  • Fish waster provides nutrients to plants, plants provide clean water to fish.
  • Can grow leafy greens.

Details

  • Manufacturer: ECOLIFE Conservation.
  • Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 20 inches.
  • Weight: 17 pounds.
What It Comes With:

  • Grow tray.
  • Grow tray pot holder.
  • Grow tray filter cover.
  • Grow tray door.
  • Pre-filter sponge.
  • Bio-filter brick.
  • 13 net pots.
  • 2 liters expanded clay pellets.
  • ½” fill fitting.
  • ¾ ” drain fitting.
  • Micro JetTM water pump.
  • 12” pump hose .
  • Built-in 7 watt bright LED tank light.
  • LED 12v power supply.
  • Double 24” high output T5 fluorescent grow light fixture.
  • Adjustable grow light hanging assembly.

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit w/ Dual T5 Grow Light Review

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Our Review

First, let’s just be clear. It came up after searching for an aquarium for sale. But that’s a little misleading. Because the kit doesn’t come with an actual aquarium. It’s something else. I’m glad it came up, though. Because it made me totally ignore my aquarium for sale notes in favor of getting this kit for my existing tank.

So, what is it? As the product info states, it’s a plug and play system that allows experimentation, learning and growth. And that probably doesn’t tell you much, huh? Really, what it is is a kit, an add-on to your aquarium that pretty much turns your fish tank to a productive garden.

Aquaponics actually refer to the science of a closed, re-circulating system. Forget looking for a new aquarium for sale. This kit will make your existing one totally new. And cool.

The kit fits standard 20-gallon tanks (lucky for us), or any with a 12” x 24” foot print. So if you have a bigger tank, you may have to miss out for now (or go boot up the PC and look for a 20-gallon aquarium for sale :D).

Anyway, we got the kit. Set-up was easy with the help of the training kit. We immediately planted some lettuce and basil seeds. Our goldfish looked terribly confused at first, as much as fish can look confused. But just a week later, the plants are thriving and the fish are happy. We’ve since started experimenting with kale and broccoli. Maybe some tomatoes too.

See the way the system works, the fish waste becomes plant food. Plants in turn, provide the fish with clean water. The environment is nitrogen – rich, making it ideal for the growth of leafy greens. Science, people!

This is a solid, well-made system. The lighting it comes with is nice and effective for both fish and plants. There’s almost no limitation to what you can grow, although some plant varieties will need iron supplements to thrive.

There are just a few things you need to keep in mind. First, it’s not ideal to add aquatic amphibians to the tank if you are growing plants for food. That is a salmonella risk. Second, you want fish that produce a lot of waste, like goldfish. Lots of waste means lots of nutrients for your plants. Third, you need to fine-tune the intake rate of the pump and rinse the first stage filter often to avoid clogging and overflow. Speaking of, some people may also find the opening to be a little small thus making water changes while cycling a little challenging.

Pros

  • Support is available for classroom setting.
  • Great product design.
  • Easy set-up.
  • Educational.

Cons

  • Actual tank not included.
  • Will not fit larger aquariums.
  • Access opening could be bigger.
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