About this project
An ecosystem in its simplest form. Plants and fish - thriving together in a stylish, simple-to-maintain aquaponics system. Keep a piece of nature wherever you are.
Unlike other systems on the market, Vita has no mechanical filters to change because it uses a natural aquaponic system to clean itself. The plant naturally filters your water creating a clean habitat for your fish. Every element works together for easy maintenance without any of the hassle.
It's minimalistic aesthetic brings out the best in your plants brightening up any room. The elegant design brings tranquility into your home or work space. Scientific studies have shown that a plant-rich environment can boost creativity and productivity while aquarium keeping has a significant effect in reducing levels of stress and anxiety.
Staying true to nature, we’ve designed the Vita to work without using electricity. Zero electricity means no wires, meaning you can place your Vita wherever you want. It's compact, portable, and blends into any space anywhere.
The sleek, elegant design complements any room the Vita is placed in. Vita uses high quality SuperBright™ 5mm glass making it extremely durable and provides excellent viewing properties to see the fish. Each tank is different with hand selected natural stones included in each individual Aquascaping kit. The sustainable plant media retains moisture and provides the perfect ventilation for plant roots.
An optional touch LED lighting system is available to be included with your order. The plant light allows you to grow your Vita in locations that doesn’t have sunlight available allowing you to truly grow your Vita anywhere. The underwater light allows you to view your compact ecosystem at night. It even has a built in 10 hr timer! The RGB backlight allows you to customize your tank further and enjoy color therapy too.
See the Touch LED Light and remote (stretch goal) in action!
The Vita is a low-maintenance aquarium that uses aquaponics to keep the plant and fish happy and healthy. Vita is simple to maintain because there are no working parts. You don’t need to maintain or change a filter.
Simply pour water into the aquarium, grow your plant, and watch it clean itself! It’s so easy anybody can do it!
Over-watering and under-watering are two of the biggest problems that result in poor plant growth. With the Vita, the plants naturally take water from the tank as needed so that you don’t have to water them yourself reducing the amount of water used up to 90%. This allows your houseplants to grow healthy and happy.
Looking to get Vita international?
Please message us directly and we can discuss shipping rates!
Want to "add-on" to your pledge? Here's how it works.
1. Choose a reward level.
Everybody must choose one (and only one) reward level to back this project. You cannot choose 2 reward levels. Just one. You will get all items in that reward.
2. Increase your pledge amount to match the cost of the Add-On item you'd like.
For example, if you pledged $30 for the "VITA VIP SPECIAL" and you also want a Betta Fish ($7) and a LED Light and Transformer ($24), you would simply add $31 to your $30 pledge. So your pledge would be $61 total plus shipping.
3. Relax, you're all done!
At the end of the campaign we will send a survey to confirm everything like shipping information & add-on specifics. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to message us!
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Ecoxotic continues to set the industry standard in aquatic LED lighting. Their LED lights illuminate public aquarium exhibits, zoological displays, living plant walls and hobbyist aquarium tanks worldwide. With over 50 years combined experience in aquariums, aquaculture and hydroponics, their team has the technical skills, entrepreneurial savvy and experience to tackle the challenge of bring Vita™ to life.
Risks and challenges
After years of working in the aquarium industry and creating our own products we know there can always be hurdles along the way during product development. Our experience has allowed us to mitigate much of the risk, but it still exists. We will always be transparent with our community about challenges, including these:
Ship Date: We are confident we will ship by the projected dates, as we are using manufacturers that have built our other products. While there is always a chance that things will take longer than planned, the experience with our manufacturers will definitely speed up the process!
Product Changes: As we refine the Vita based on additional community feedback and more product testing, slight changes may be made. We'll only make changes that enhance the product experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You should try and keep the water level high enough that it hits the bottom of the tray so the plant can use the exact amount of water it needs. It is best practice to change out 20% of the water every 2 weeks or 50% of the water once a month
Yes, the plant gets to exact amount of it needs from the tank water. It is best to try and keep the water level high enough that it hits the bottom of the tray.
What's the difference between the LED light that comes with the VIP LED reward and the LED light & transformer add-on for $24 dollars?
Nothing at all, they are the same light!
At the moment we have not offered international shipping on KickStarter because it is pretty expensive. Since we decided to make the tank with very high quality materials and glass, it iss heavier than most tanks. We are working out some shipping options to make this feasible and will let you know (via an update) if and when we offer international shipping. Thank you so much for your interest!
Yep! The grow tray actually features a built-in vented air pocket underneath the tray/planter bottom. It’s hidden, but provides additional surface area for oxygen and gives the betta 95% access to the air/water surface.
Why is a heater not included? Bettas need to live in warm waters! Can you also explain more how your heater works?
We did not include a heater as many people live in a warm environments or already have a heater they could use. We do offer a heater as an add on item for those who live in colder weather or do not have a sufficient heater.
Our heater actually features a slow heating element, and is only 5 watts (one of the smallest in the market.) In addition, the heater actually heats the bottom glass panel, therefore providing a low amount of heat over a wide surface area – allowing the water to warm slowly and remain stable. The Vita heater is not the typical submersible aquarium heater which heats water quickly, it was specifically designed for very small aquariums.
The gravel substrate is completely inert and does not affect the water chemistry at all. Its an all-natural polished stone from riverbed gravel. The accent stones are also natural river stones which are simply polished and pre-washed. The Vita gravel and stone is also shipped in a reusable mesh bag with drawstring – so when you're ready to clean your tank, you can gently remove your fish then pour all of the contents into the mesh bag and wash them for easy-cleaning.
The plant is acting as a natural filter to help remove organic waste produced by the fish. Using plants to remove nutrients is widely used in the marine industry with macroalgae. Plants make amazing natural filters! In our experience, Bettas prefer natural filters compared to mechanic ones because they prefer calm waters as they are very peaceful fish.
Our oldest male Betta fish has now been with us for 2+ years and was originally in a prototype tank a bit smaller than the current Vita model. He is still very healthy, happy and growing well!
We are thinking about offering multiple Betta fish options at the end when we send out our post-campaign surveys but we are not sure quite yet. Let us know what your favorite Betta fish colors are!
You only need to share on either twitter OR FB to get the free food! Thank you so much for helping us spread the word!
The Aquascape book is not included in any package at the moment. But, keep an eye out for stretch goals!
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