EPIC AquaGrow Mini: Aquaponics for Everyone Using Any Crop
NO GROWING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! The 1ST Naturally Automated "Plug & Grow" Aquaponic System for Hobbyist & Small Gardening Ventures.
EPIC AquaGrow Mini: Aquaponics for Everyone Using Any Crop
NO GROWING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! The 1ST Naturally Automated "Plug & Grow" Aquaponic System for Hobbyist & Small Gardening Ventures.
FIRST Complete "Plug & Grow" Aquaponic System Kit Created for the Hobbyist & Small Scale Grower!
INTRODUCING: "The EPIC AquaGrow Mini Aquaponic System"
A compact, highly productive, efficient & diversified aquaponic system, the EPIC AquaGrow Mini Inherits the smaller footprint & simplistic function of a set up created with the hobbyist in mind while simultaneously optimizing capabilities typically only observed from a professionally maintained commercial system.
Table of Contents
- What Sets EPIC GrowTech & the AquaGrow Mini Apart
- Additional EPIC GrowTech Products
- Extras Included with EPIC AquaGrow Mini
- Details About Extra's
- Personal Background & Experience
- EPIC AquaTech's Consultation Services
- EPIC AquaTech's Funding Goals
- Important Notes & Campaign Updates
*STATEMENTS W/ ASTERISKS INCLUDE MORE INFO UNDER IMPORTANT NOTES AT THE END*
At EPIC GrowTech we understand the system is only one of the many tools required to grow different varieties of crops optimally. A vast amount of knowledge and experience are also necessary, which is why the majority of our efforts & resources as a company are put into researching the "Natural Aquaponic Process" in order to better understand the microscopic processes that drive a highly efficient aquaponic ecosystem.
Dozens of discoveries during 4+ years of continuous scientific research has lead to the correlation of many bio-chemical processes important to aquaponic function & production.
These discoveries are responsible for the impressive improvements in production capability & overall easy function of The EPIC Mini AquaGrow. The system itself is merely one of the several important components required to optimize the aquaponic process!
Professionally developed & patented aquaponic supplements/feeds/pest management solutions, detailed troubleshooting guides & dedicated customer service are all provided with every EPIC AquaGrow System purchase & the EPIC AquaGrow Mini Kit is just the beginning, several other products are already under development!
WHAT SETS THE "EPIC MINI AQUA-GROW" AQUAPONIC SYSTEM & THE COMPANY APART FROM THE OTHERS?
Grow ANY CROP(Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Greens, Lettuce, MMJ*, Herbs, Berries just to name a few) with astounding simplicity using EPIC's patented 100% natural supplement blends, IPM* (pest management) strategies & more! All carefully perfected over 3-Years using sustainable resources our system is far easier to operate than any Hydroponic System as these solutions enable the strategic manipulation of the EPIC aquaponic system utilizing methods that take full advantage of the natural aquaponic processes responsibly for high yield crop production!
Like pieces of a large complex puzzle, important aquaponic discoveries have been slowly connected over the years with the aid of several refined scientific research tools & techniques.
So, don’t be fooled by the simplistic demeanor of the system alone, as the EPIC AquaGrow's true value is achieved through the collaboration of scientific research data correlating related aquaponic parameters, resulting in the creation of the most efficient recycling system in existence!
Along with Crop Production Optimization, Maximizing the EPIC AquaGrow's Functional Simplicity has also Been A Long Term Goal Allowing Growers to Take Advantage of Much Lower Maintenance & Labor Requirements!
The EPIC AquaGrow maintains consistent water quality parameters for 5-14 days ! Need to leave town? No problem, the EPIC system will take care of itself!
Manipulation of aquaponic parameters effectively simplifies & automates the entire production process! This is contrary to Hydroponics which requires constant user attention & input. Below is a list of the EPIC AquaGrow Advantages compared with Hydroponics:
NITRIFICATION: CONVERSION OF AMMONIA BASED FISH WASTE INTO VIABLE PLANT NITRATE & NUTRIENTS (NH4/NH3 -> NO2 -> N03)
Beneficial bacteria convert waste from the fish into plant available nutrients.
Every modification has an important purpose, nothing has been added by accident & the EPIC Clarifier/Bio-Filter Reactor (see image below) is a perfect example of multi-purpose design implementation:
- Flow through the reactor is "S-Shaped" to maximize amount of time waste solution remains in contact with bacteria colony
- "S-Shape" flow & (45 Deg) wall produces an ideal sludge solidification process.
- Shut off valve at the bottom of the reactor automatically flush the sludge build up
- Easy full disassembly: Everything inside the Reactor can be easily removed & cleaned, also easy part replacement
- No maintenance required during grow period
- Water pump is isolated and protected keeping it from clogging as well as keeping it accessible
Even the EPIC AquaGrow's media buckets have multiple functions! In addition to being able to grow anywhere between 4 - 16x CROPS TOTAL of your choice, depending on crop size, the buckets also preform nitrification allowing more vigorous feeding regiments.
The efficient design of the EPIC Clarifier/Bio-filter Reactor & other innovative components, enables all experience levels to produce crops with top quality results; simultaneously labor, maintenance & troubleshooting are also minimized!
The AquaGrow can even be used outdoors without covering as long as amount of rain isn't high! Can even utilize rain water to fill system, just keep from overflowing by using the bio-reactor drain.
EPIC is not just the name of the company, it also describes what we strive to achieve with the following values and corresponding mission statements:
- E: Excellence -> We strive to produce the best aquaponic systems available
- P: Proactivity -> We continuously improve our products and understanding of CEA w/ research & experimentation
- I: Integrity -> We work hard to educate our customers & make them aquaponic experts; more than just selling a product
- C: Creativity -> We push the boundaries of innovation
EPIC GrowTech guarantees you'll become an aquaponic expert quicker than ever before with the help of the EPIC AquaGrow Mini System! Below are 5x guarantees that set the company & our systems apart from the competition:
- EPIC Systems have the Greatest Level of Water Quality Control and Lower Maintenance than others!
- Functional Simplicity w/ Comprehensive Guides/Blogs/Forums & Natural System Resources that Maintain Optimized Water Quality parameters over longer time periods!
- Continuous system improvement & expansion of CEA product line by continuing to utilize extensive Research & Development as well as side by side system comparisons. The needs and desires of our customers will always be a primary source of inspiration for system improvement!
- Higher efficiency than most hydroponic based systems with the ability to grow the same diverse range of crops & simultaneously require far lower levels of resources, labor, maintenance & experience!
- ALL EPIC GrowTech's products are backed by scientific research which will always continue to be a major priority!
"WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS WILL EPIC GROW-TECH PROVIDE?"
THE "EPIC AQUA-GROW MINI" SYSTEM IS ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG WHEN IT COMES TO EVERYTHING AQUAPONICS BY EPIC GROW-TECH!
EPIC GrowTech provides ALL the extra components and tools needed for professional aquaponic based growing in one convenient package! These additions are specially formulated to maintain water quality conditions!
This may be the first soilless system that's easier to maintain than a standard soil grown garden!
EPIC GrowTech has already implemented several Add-On products! Each has been strategically selected to expand the EPIC AquaGrow's environmental tolerance while minimizing labor (to as little as 1x per month!) & cost including:
- Automated Titanium Water Heater (from Haggar),
- Automated Mini pH/EC Sensor, DataLogger & Injector (from AutoGrow),
- Automated Refill Float Valve (EPIC Design, Allows Garden Hose Attachment).
Other standard products that will be added to EPIC GrowTech product line if funding is met include:
- Supplemental Lighting for Indoor Production (LED, HPS, Fluorescents)
- Indoor Grow Tents with Amenities (Ventilation, Air Purification, ect)
- Automated Fish Feeders
- Digital Sensor Probes (pH, EC, TDS, Salinity, DO, ORP)
- Additional Aquaponic Test Kits (Total Hardness, Alkalinity, Calcium, Phosphate ect)
Below are examples of unique products EPIC GrowTech is developing:
- EPIC Light Weight Inflatable Mini Greenhouse (PIC ABOVE, Early-Mid 2020!)
- Easy Set-up/Take Down, Maintenance & Movement !
- Outdoor Production for a Low Cost, No Expensive Lights or Electric Bills !
- Manipulate Grow Environment Using Natural Ventilation Methods !
- Protect Crops from Pests & More !
- EPIC Mini LED Supplemental Light Fixture (PIC ABOVE, Late 2020!)
- Latest LED Research Integrated to Maximize Efficiency using OSRAM LEDs!
- Provides Highest Range of PAR Coverage for Indoor Crop Growth!
- Ability to Grow Any Crop Indoors!
- Goal to Lower Cost using Only Important Necessities!
- EPIC AquaGrow Ultra-Filter (Late 2019)
- Removes Most Particulate Matter Producing Clearer/Cleaner Solution
- Utilizes Twist Clean Filter Design to Minimize Maintenance
- EPIC AquaGrow Mini Weather Proofing Kit (Early-Mid 2020)
- System Tolerates Greater Range of Weather Conditions w/o Cover (Rain)
- Includes Fish Tank Cover, Rubber Seals, Safe Water Resistant Coatings
"WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH THE EPIC AQUA-GROW SYSTEM?"
Every EPIC System includes a FULL (1-Year, Minimum) KIT with everything an aquaponic enthusiast needs to begin growing crops immediately! Supplements last (1-Yr) assuming user is constantly growing only large reproductive crops heavily; extras will likely last MUCH longer, years for the average grower!
Below is a List of the Included Extra Components; we are the first to provide our customers a complete aquaponic system package which has been optimally developed for the EPIC System's from scratch:
- (1-Year Min) Patented (100%) Natural EPIC AquaGrow Supplemental Nutrient Blend (For Reproductive Crop Growth)
- (1-Year Min) Patented (100%) Natural EPIC AquaCarb Blend (For pH Adjustment)
- (1-Year Min) Patented (100%) Natural EPIC AquaPest Blends (A + B Blends)
- Professional API Fresh Water Test Kit (Test Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate & pH)
- (6x) (3-4") Fish (Decorative Koi) + (1-Year Min) Fish Feed + Fish Net
- Large (40 Liter) Bag of Hydroton Expanded Clay Media
- (50x) (1.5") Rock Wool Starter Cubes + Variety of Seeds
Costly Extras including Decorative Koi & Expanded Clay Media Last Indefinitely w/ Average Koi Lifespan = (50-70 Years)! More fish varieties, including edible Tilapia & Catfish will be added in the future. Fish are shipped separately from the System upon request so user has time to set-up!
The formulas for the extras above were created through a rigorous process of trial/error & repeated observation based studies resulting in supplements that retain water & crop quality parameters over weeks vs mere days!
DETAILS ON INCLUDED SUPPLEMENTS
All ingredients are both naturally sourced (Organic) & safe to use!
The EPIC AquaCarb pH Adjustment Blend is a perfect example of how dangerous chemicals are replaced by safe compounds! Most Aquaponic systems require a base to increase pH over time; result of nitrification releasing positively charged hydrogen protons as ammonia is converted to nitrate. Hydroponics also requires the use of acidic & caustic chemicals regularly!
Instead of using a dangerous base, like KOH (Potassium Hydroxide) or Sulfuric Acid, our blend incorporates a mixture of safe carbonate compounds including: CaCO3, MgCO3 & K2CO3 !
The (CO3) portion of the compound is a Buffer & differs from caustic bases like KOH by simply neutralizing hydrogen protons instead of directly raising pH. This makes handling far easier as pH can't be accidentally increased to toxic levels if the Blend is overused.
Like most components of the system the EPIC AquaCarb Blend attains multiple purposes by utilizing carbonates that also contain important limited nutrients (Ca, Mg, & particularly K). The blend can even be customized to fit the needs of a particular aquaponic system when utilizing our water quality testing service!
While most of the nutrients crops required for ideal growth are sourced from fish waste, nitrate levels are naturally high in aquaponics & therefore the addition of EPIC's Supplemental Nutrient Blend is necessary to increase limited nutrients like potassium & phosphate to meet the feeding requirements of fruiting crops.
EPIC'S Nutrient Blend utilizes a precise combination of fast & slow release organic fertilizers including Kelp Meal, Rock Phosphate, Wood Ash & Azomite so only (1x) addition per month is required!
EPIC's AquaPest Blends were created in a similar manner using only natural safe ingredients. What makes the AquaPest Blends unique is the utilization of both natural compounds & beneficial organisms for effective IPM.
I have first hand experience dealing with nearly every pest including White Flies, Aphids, Thrips, Spider Mites, Fungus Gnats & More !
The pests above easily develop tolerances to pesticides, spread incurable diseases/viruses, multiple incredibly fast & overall thrive in aquaponic & hydroponic environments !
Every component in EPIC's AquaPest Blend was vigorously tested to ensure effectiveness over time ! Only after going through all the available solutions were blends finalized!
- The 1st Mix = Most Effective Natural Pesticides;
- The 2nd Mix = Most Effective Microorganisms (Mainly Predatory Bacteria)
Tested Over the (3-Year) Research Period ! The very different modes of action of each blend keeps pests from being able to build up tolerance & affects every major pest !
PERSONAL AQUAPONIC EXPERIENCES & BACKGROUND
5-Years of my life have been dedicated to aquaponics, CEA related research & engineering& are responsible for the experience & expertise I utilized to create what I hope becomes the first simplified "Turn Key" aquaponic system for hobbyists! Below are several examples & images of my key experiences:
A large proportion of my research was conducted at my first engineering position with Stuppy Greenhouse, the most significant of which included developing their educational (class room scale) aquaponic system called "The Aqueduct"
Below are a couple images showing the full scale of the aquaponic research facility I created & experimented in during my time with Stuppy Greenhouse!
One Aqueduct, without expansions, has a (120x) Crop Capacity & was designed as a Learning Tool For Middle & High Schools. Over (60x) Aqueducts + Over (80x) Expansions/Add-On Kits were sold while working for Stuppy Greenhouse & are still being sold today!
The system underwent dozens of different tests and experiments, designed by myself & although the primary goal was correlating critical bio-chemical reactions with system parameters, I was also interested in simply pushing the capabilities of the system to it's maximum potential & found I was able to grow every Crop I tested successfully !
Being the lead engineer in my department also contributed significantly to my knowledge about running a successful business and I hope to implement many of the valuable tactics I learned into EPIC GrowTech.
EPIC GROWTECH AQUAPONIC CONSULTATION SERVICES
AT EPIC GROW-TECH WE WANT TO BE MUCH MORE THAN AN AQUAPONIC SYSTEM'S PRODUCER! ONE OF OUR MAJOR GOALS, USING THE FUNDS GENERATED FROM KICKSTARTER, IS TO BECOME A MAJOR ONLINE CEA RESOURCE PROVIDING PERSONALIZED EXPERTISE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE FROM ANYWHERE !
At EPIC we want to pass on our aquaponic/hydroponic knowledge & experience to all growers & plan to do so by incorporating the following services into our own website:
Educational Forums, Blogs, Personal Expert Chat Room/Vid Feeds*, Educational Videos, Research Articles and Much More!
We aim to provide customers with a selection of memberships that will enable growers to select the level of aquaponic assistance they desire! From backyard aquaponic or hydroponic design projects to small commercial facilities the "EPIC GrowTech Experts" we hire will have the knowledge & experience needed to get the job done right the first time!
Additional services will also include expert run lab testingof aquaponic solutions, source water &/or crop quality. Results will include detailed lab results as well as full analysis of potential problems & viable solutions!
!! EPIC GROW-TECH'S FUNDING & BUSINESS GOALS !!
While the Engineering & Research into the EPIC AquaGrow Mini has Developed a Complete Product, as a Relatively New Start-Up, with Limited Funding & Only Myself to Provide Support there is Very Little Infrastructure in Place. Therefore, Funding will be Used to Move the Business Out of my Backyard & into the Business Marketplace by accomplishing the Goals Listed Below !
Below are the PRIMARY GOALS for Full Deployment of EPIC GrowTech:
- Build Full Website & Hire Additional CEA Expert(s):
- Provide Expert Aquaponic (+ Hydroponic) Consultation Services for Projects
- Multiple Consultation Methods Including Forum, Expert Text & Video Chat
- Real-Time Research Posts & Videos including 24/7 Monitoring
- Stocking Up on Product Supplies:
- More Stock --> Greater Vendor Savings = Greater Customer Savings !
- Expand Research Set-Ups:
- More Systems/Tools -> More Tests = Faster Advancement in Product Design !
- Ability to Generate More Improvements Over Time as Discoveries are Made !
- Expand # of EPIC Products & EPIC Systems !
- Hire Production/Manufacturing Team:
- Fast & Reliable Production of Systems
- Can Allocate Far More Time to Aquaponic Research & Development
- Expand Production Facilities, Upgrade Manufacturing Equipment:
- Greater Production Efficiency -> Faster Manufacture = Greater Customer Savings !
ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT NOTES, DEFINITIONS & UPDATES:
*IPM = Integrated Pest Management
*MMJ = Legal Medical/Recreational Marijuana, DISCLAIMER: CAN ONLY BE USED FOR LEGAL PRODUCTION !
- EPIC Mini AquaGrow Systems can grow MMJ optimally & will likely become a target market in the near future! However, at this time, for legal purposes, no guidance will be provided on MMJ production.
*EPIC GROW-TECH EXPERT CHAT, VIDEO SESSIONS & MEMBERSHIP DETAILS: Consultation services for unique project development &/or experiments involving both aquaponic or hydroponic systems at a variety of scales! Will specialize in smaller scale projects, troubleshooting or experiments from backyard to urban scale. Aquaponic growing will definitely be our specialty
- EPIC AQUA-GROW MINI CUSTOMER SERVICE IS INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE !! DON'T NEED TO PURCHASE MEMBERSHIP OR CONSULTATION SERVICE TO FIX AN ISSUE WITH OUR SYSTEM !
- SEE REWARDS FOR DETAILS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP COSTS & SERVICES !
Risks and challenges
Given my knowledge and years of past experience as a CEA Systems Expert I am very confident in my product and have kept a constant eye on the market to ensure the interest is there.
Now is the best time to release this innovative product as the general public becomes more and more aware of the importance of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Safety.
The absolute worst that could occur is the market ends up being small or the cost of the system too great for a Turn Key Hobbyist Scale Aquaponic System. However, I have seen small scale CEA systems reach funding goals before and these system were far more complex and costly too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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