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AquaSprouts: combining both your garden and aquarium into a beautiful, self-cleaning ecosystem on your countertop. Read more

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AquaSprouts: combining both your garden and aquarium into a beautiful, self-cleaning ecosystem on your countertop.

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Imagine the convenience of a self-cleaning aquarium combined with a functional garden of leafy greens, fresh herbs, and flowering plants—all on your kitchen counter. Not only does the AquaSprouts garden bring life and beauty into your home, it also eliminates the chores of cleaning a tank and watering your plants.

How it works

Both practical and appealing, the AquaSprouts garden is a unique product that uses aquaponics technology in a simple, compact design. Aquaponics is a closed-loop system in which fish and plants work together to create a sustainable ecosystem. When the fish are fed, they create waste that is pumped into the AquaSprouts grow-bed. Naturally occurring bacteria then break down the waste and saturate the grow-bed with nutrients; producing strong, healthy plants while cleaning the water for the fish. 

The AquaSprouts system on display at JuiceLand in Austin, TX
The AquaSprouts system on display at JuiceLand in Austin, TX

AquaSprouts is the perfect learning tool to explore how our natural environment works: fish waste fertilizes the plants and in return the plants filter the water. By creating this symbiotic relationship, our countertop ecosystem eliminates the need for a traditional filter, toxic fertilizers, and other chemicals that harm fish and contaminate food.


The original system Jack built and the inspiration behind the current unit
The original system Jack built and the inspiration behind the current unit
Multiple Utility & Design Patents Pending
Multiple Utility & Design Patents Pending

The AquaSprouts Garden was created to compliment any space. Our systems will be made out of black, scratch-resistant polycarbonate. We also designed our system to be easy to setup and use, with all the materials and instructions needed to start your first AquaSprouts Garden.

Made out of BPA-free plastic with a sleek design, the AquaSprouts Garden is ideal for countertop installation. However, this design requires complicated molds and production. Your support of our kickstarter pays these start-up costs, allowing us to quickly begin production and get our Garden to your countertop.


In the Box

Your AquaSprouts system will come with everything you need to turn your 10-gallon fish tank into a sustainable aquarium and garden. We've also considered the fact that some people might not receive sufficient natural light in their home, so we've added an attachable light bar so you can hang a standard grow light of your choice. As your plants grow, you can adjust the light bar to watch them thrive!
The AquaSprouts system fits over standard 10-gallon rectangular aquariums (20"x11"x12")
The AquaSprouts system fits over standard 10-gallon rectangular aquariums (20"x11"x12")
 
                                
Co-Founders Shannon Crow & Jack Ikard
Co-Founders Shannon Crow & Jack Ikard

AquaSprouts is founded on the idea that aquaponic systems can be both beautiful and functional. After thoroughly testing multiple prototypes, we designed our system with a deep grow-bed, allowing for more plant diversity and optimal growth. Our gardens are compact enough to sit on a desk or counter, yet large enough to have a fully functional aquarium and indoor garden. 

Aquaponics has never looked so good. Join us as we show the world what they've been missing.

Risks and challenges

To ensure the AquaSprouts Garden is to the highest quality, our team is collaborating with BeKnown, a company which boasts over 25 years of retail design and manufacturing experience to develop a product that surpasses the highest industry standards. All of us on the AquaSprouts team strive for both quality and efficiency in our work, and with headquarters in Austin we are confident we will be able to produce and ship the AquaSprouts system on schedule. We have locally secured warehouse spaces and arrangements for both domestic and international shipping.

However, as with any manufacturing endeavor, issues with materials, machinery, and mail services are always possible. Fortunately, as a company we are dedicated to excellent customer satisfaction on a personal level. If any problems occur, we have a team of experienced individuals prepared to deal with them immediately. There is every possible safety net in place to ensure the AquaSprouts garden makes it to your counter.

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    Join Us: Every dollar counts! We love sharing our joy of aquaponics with you and appreciate the help.

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    Special Thanks: The AquaSprouts team will write you a letter of appreciation with a signed photo. US shipping included.

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    Sticker Pack: Show your support and help us reach our goal! Our AquaSprouts sticker is perfect for your car, shop window or laptop! US shipping included.

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    T-shirt: Wear your love of AquaSprouts on your sleeve! You'll get an awesome soft cotton t-shirt featuring our exclusive Kickstarter design. US shipping included.

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    Reusable Bag: Use this bag to help us carry on with AquaSprouts! This durable, reusable bag features the AquaSprouts logo. US shipping included.

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    The Bundle: Help us out with your next-level donation and we'll give you the option to be added to our "Aqua-Starters" donors page on our website, plus send you our photo, sticker, T-shirt, and reusable bag! US shipping included.

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    Basic AquaSprouts Garden (tank not included): We'll send you the complete AquaSprouts garden system so you can transform your current set-up into a flourishing ecosystem for your fish and plants! US shipping included.

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    Early-Bird Special: Don't have an aquarium but excited to start an AquaSprouts Garden? This early-bird special comes with the 10-gallon tank so you can start your system from the ground up. US shipping included.

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    Pre-Order AquaSprouts Garden with tank (PREMIUM): Did the early-bird specials run out? Never fear, we've got plenty more gardens to help bring aquaponics into your home. US shipping included.

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    Sharing is caring: Buy one for you and a friend. Get two AquaSprouts Gardens (with tanks). You'll also get a special letter of thanks from Jack and Shannon. US shipping included.

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    Sponsor a Sustainability Day: AquaSprouts founders Jack and Shannon will fly to your city (US only) and give you and a group of your friends a three-hour seminar on sustainable foods and practices. We'll bring plenty of AquaSprouts loot for your friends, too.

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    Austin Adventure: We'd love for you and a guest to join us on a 3-day trip around our hometown, accommodations provided. Activities include meals at some of Austin's tastiest restaurants, an evening enjoying the local music, and an afternoon exploring the city's sustainable farms.

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    AquaSprouts Insiders: You support aquaponics as much as we do. For the incredibly dedicated Aquasprouts loyalist, you get AquaSprouts Gardens for you and four friends, the Austin Adventure, exclusive invites to all of our major events, and permanent recognition on our website for all of your support.

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