About this project
“This system turns a fish tank into an aquaponic garden, a perfect tool to explore how our natural environment works: fish waste fertilizes the plants, and the plants filter the water in the tank.”
- The New York Times
“True to the idea that items can be as beautiful as they are useful, AquaSprouts has a sleek, streamlined design that would be right at home in the most elegant kitchen or living room, or even as a living display in cafes and juice bars, where ingredients for smoothies and juices can be grown onsite.”
“You see, there are an awful lot of 10 gallon aquariums in the world already. And those aquariums are full of an awful lot of fish that need regular cleaning. So why not put those fish to good use, creating an attractive, easy-to-retrofit kit that's compatible with any 10 gallon aquarium, providing fish lovers with an easy solution to keep their tank clean, and turning the waste water and nutrients into fresh, edible produce?”
"The AquaSprouts Aquarium Aquaponic Garden is an indoor garden that is a self-contained ecosystem. You feed the fish, the fish-waste feeds the plants and you eat what is grown from the garden. It's a win-win-win."
Grants for Plants and AquaSprouts are on a mission to bring educational materials and Gardens to classrooms across the United States. Grants for Plants connects schools with resources, educational curriculum, and aquaponic systems for classroom use.
The Aquaponic Source is the premier home aquaponics gardening company in North America. Their partnership with our team has helped to create the best aquarium aquaponic experience available, which includes aquaponics education, resources and community.
Oh-Uchi-Saien is our international distributor headquartered in Japan. Founders Kengo and Yoshi plan to import our AquaSprouts Garden in order to increase awareness of aquaponics in Japan.
Imagine the convenience of a self-sustaining 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. AquaSprouts transforms your aquarium!
After discovering aquaponics from a family friend, Jack Ikard quickly developed a new passion. After graduating high school and moving into a small apartment for college, Jack faced the challenge of finding a way to bring aquaponics with him. In early 2013 Jack used ambition and a laser cutter to create and design an indoor aquaponics system that works in tandem with a standard 10-gallon aquarium. To take his idea to the next level, Jack brought together a passionate design & marketing team and collaborated with a local manufacturing company that boasts over 25 years of retail design and manufacturing experience.
Before he knew it, Jack's backyard idea quickly sprouted into today's sleek AquaSprouts Garden.
This year, AquaSprouts partnered with The Aquaponic Source, an industry-leading company focused entirely on aquaponic gardening. The Aquaponic Source has helped us ensure the best possible experience for you and your Garden. Sylvia Bernstein, who founded The Aquaponic Source, wrote the award-winning book Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step guide to Raising Fish and Vegetables, which you can find in some of our reward tiers.
Today, the matte black finish on our Garden's elegant design will compliment any home, office, or school. While the entire system is compact, the grow-bed is spacious enough to grow a variety of garden-fresh leafy greens and vegetables. This means adding wheatgrass to your smoothies or cherry tomatoes and lettuce to your salad is always easy and convenient!
With your Help
In order to produce our Garden, we require complicated industrial molds. With the help of the Kickstarter community, we can purchase the molds and begin maufacturing units, so that we can bring aquaponics into homes and classrooms across the world. Be one of the first to own an AquaSprouts Garden and see how easy it is to grow garden-fresh leafy greens and vegetables right inside your own home!
Both practical and appealing, the AquaSprouts Garden is a unique product that uses aquaponic 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 all while cleaning the water for the fish.
Watch one of our biggest fans setup his Garden.
Along with growing some of your favorite herbs and flowers, your Garden can also be used as the perfect learning tool! Check out our teachers' kit, which includes an educational curriculum created by Sylvia and The Aquaponic Source team. These materials are designed to easily incorporate our garden into classroom lessons. Your Garden can be used to demonstrate concepts from biology, nutrition, physics, chemistry, and more! Allow lessons to come to life by experiencing the wonders of aquaponics right before your eyes.
AquaSprouts is also working with Grants for Plants, a foundation dedicated to bringing knowledge of aquaponics into classrooms. As university students with a passion for education, we're excited to help them on their mission by providing gardens to schools that take part in the foundation's outreach. Check out the Grants for Plants reward tier to see how you too can help bring the merits of aquaponics to young minds.
The AquaSprouts Garden is great for growing healthy herbs and vegetables that can compliment any meal. Thanks to our Garden you can easily grow a range of organic vegetables on your kitchen counter, where you watch your plants grow from seed to harvest. Produce doesn't get any more local than this! Whether you're adding wheatgrass to your smoothie or tossing together a salad, The AquaSprouts Garden makes your health journey simple and enjoyable.
We designed the Garden to have the simplest setup possible, all while providing an efficient and beautiful desktop aquarium aquaponics system. Our system consists of three major components: the legs, the grow-bed, and the light-bar.
The Garden works by pumping water and waste from the tank below into the grow bed. Clean water is then filtered back into the tank through drains located in the grow-bed. The system cycles for 15 minutes every hour to ensure a clean tank and happy fish! The Garden offers a low maintenance experience for anyone looking to own an aquarium or grow healthy greens year-round.
The AquaSprouts Garden was created to compliment any space. Our Gardens will be made out of matte black polycarbonate. Additionally, our system is designed for a convenient setup and easy use with all the materials and instructions needed to start your first AquaSprouts Garden upon delivery.
AquaSprouts Garden: The system comes in matte black polycarbonate and assembles easily without any tools or frustration.
Aquarium: Our Garden fits over standard 10-gallon glass aquariums (20" x 10" X 12"). If you already have an aquarium, all you need is the Garden! If you don't have an aquarium, we've included the option to have one sent with your Garden. Each aquarium will be insured and packaged separately from your Garden to ensure a safe delivery.
Light Bar: We have included a removable light bar so that homes without sufficient light sources can attach a grow light to the system. You can easily add a standard grow light of your choice and adjust the light to watch your plants flourish.
Pump & Timer: The kit includes a submersible pump and 24 hour timer that can be set for 15 minute intervals. Both the pump and timer include 1-year warranties.
Clay Medium: Our special terracotta clay pebbles take place of soil and will never degrade. The pebbles offer a no-mess grow space, so you don't have to worry about dirt in the kitchen. They also act as biological filter for the aquarium. Each kit includes the necessary amount of pebbles to start planting!
Education Kit: Our education kit includes a Garden and an aquarium with educational materials to help you incorporate the Garden into classroom lessons, provided by The Aquaponic Source. The education kit also contains Sylvia’s book; seed packets of wheatgrass, basil, and salad mix; 20 grams of natural fish food; a 4 oz. bottle of natural tap water dechlorinator; and a 4 oz. bottle of beneficial bacteria (this accelerates biological filtration).
Resources & Support: Each kit includes a step-by-step guide to setting up and maintaining your Garden. The AquaSprouts Team is dedicated to helping you and your Garden thrive! We can easily be contacted through phone or email if you ever have any questions. You will also have access to our community forum page on the world's largest community site dedicated to aquaponics—Aquaponics Gardening Community. You can use the forum not only to show off your garden, but also to learn what others are growing around the world!
AquaSprouts is founded on the idea that aquaponic systems can be both functional and beautiful. After thoroughly testing multiple prototypes, we designed our system with a deep grow-bed, allowing for more plant diversity and optimal growth. Our Garden is compact enough to sit on a desk or counter, yet large enough to have a fully functional aquarium and indoor garden. Throughout this intensive design process we were mindful of manufacturing timelines and shipping capabilities—and we have optimized all of these processes so that you can find our Garden on your doorstep as soon as possible!
We care deeply about the capabilities and benefits of aquaponics, and are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to spread the knowledge of aquaponics around the world. It has been a long and exciting journey, and we can’t wait to bring aquaponics to your countertop and beyond with a product that is elegant, functional, and educational.
Join us, and let us help you Sprout Something New!
Risks and challenges
For those of you who followed or backed our first Kickstarter campaign, you may notice that we decreased the amount of funding that we are seeking. This is largely due to establishing partnerships and distribution channels with The Aquaponic Source, Grants for Plants and Oh-Uchi-Saien. Thanks to the support of our partners, we can now begin production if we reach our new goal of $60,000.
To ensure the AquaSprouts Garden is to the highest quality, our team is collaborating with a company boasting over 25 years of retail design and manufacturing experience. All of us on the AquaSprouts team strive for both quality and efficiency in our work, and with our headquarters in Austin, Texas, we are confident that we will be able to produce and ship the AquaSprouts Garden on schedule.
However, as with any manufacturing endeavor, issues with materials, machinery, and mail services are always possible. If delays do occur, as a company we are dedicated to excellent customer satisfaction on a personal level, and will work tirelessly to move our fulfillment process forward. We will continuously update our backers and the AquaSprouts family concerning our production and delivery timelines, from the end of our Kickstarter until everyone has received their Garden!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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