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Plants filter the water. It's the most beautiful and low maintenance way to keep a piece of nature in any space!
Plants filter the water. It's the most beautiful and low maintenance way to keep a piece of nature in any space!
Plants filter the water. It's the most beautiful and low maintenance way to keep a piece of nature in any space!
5,434 backers pledged $375,058 to help bring this project to life.

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EcoQube C- Your Window to Nature!

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How it All Started

In November 2013, we launched the first EcoQube on Kickstarter and raised over 200% our campaign goal, turning our idea into a reality.

Following a long and tedious manufacturing and production process, our first shipment of EcoQubes finally arrived in October 2014.

Our manufacturing and prototype partners in the US  

 

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We shipped the EcoQubes out to all our backers and received an overwhelmingly positive response. 

We couldn't have asked for a more amazing, supportive community of backers! Check out the forum they created showcasing their EcoQubes here

We wanted to make the EcoQube even more accessible and efficient, so we took all the feedback we got to further develop the product, which resulted in the EcoQube C!

 What is the EcoQube C?

The heart of the EcoQube C is the aquaponics filter, which we've integrated into the tank to create an all-in-one system that uses plants like Basil or Mint to keep your aquarium clean.

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How does it work?

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Simply decorate your tank and fill it with water, plug it in and enjoy your very own sustainable ecosystem!

Why is it better?

The new beautifully integrated design is durableportable, and compact. We've made it more affordable while maintaining the high quality product build. It's now even easier to maintain with less parts and automatic functionality, AND it's manufactured in the USA.

Never change or replace filters again with the EcoQube! Everything Works. Together.

 Our Story

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Our names are Eric and Kevin. We're UC San Diego students and aquarium geeks who met in high school and share a passion for planted aquatic ecosystems. 

We started out working at various aquarium shops in San Francisco, including Aquatic Central and Aqua Forest Aquarium. We eventually started our own online aquarium store called Aqua Design Innovations while selling shrimp out of a garage.

As we got older, we started to become more aware of the harsher realities of our world, realizing that there are many people globally who face food and water shortages every day but that for most of us, such issues are so foreign.

We couldn't ignore the facts, so we decided to use our knowledge of aquariums to find a feasible solution.

We believe aquaponics is a clear solution to many of the food and water shortages humanity faces today. While this food production method was used thousands of years ago in early Aztec and Chinese civilizations, it has since fallen into disuse and become largely forgotten.

We hope to educate as many people as possible about the practical solution and beauty of aquaponics and to ultimately help initiate the process of bringing aquaponics to the forefront of today's agriculture. 

We were able to reach many with the first EcoQube, and now, we hope to reach even more with the EcoQube C! Please join our mission and share the EcoQube C with as many people you know!

Original EcoQube (left) and EcoQube C (right)
Original EcoQube (left) and EcoQube C (right)

Risks and challenges

We've spent most of the last year working with our partners to mitigate as many risks as possible, yet we know there will still be hurdles along the way. We will always be transparent with our community about challenges, including these:

The biggest risk is having users eat the herbs they've grown in their EcoQube C. This is because professional aquaponics farms do not use regular aquarium chemicals for their water treatments. It is entirely unknown if chemicals from regular water treatments will find their way into the herbs. Also, aquariums with frogs, turtles, snails and other more disease-prone animals should not be eaten from. There are simply too many unknowns, and nobody wants a case of salmonella poisoning! It is not recommended to eat anything you produce through the EcoQube C.

Ship Date: We are confident we will ship by the projected dates, as we are manufacturing the EcoQube C in the US (100 yards away from our office!). While there is always a chance that things will take longer than planned, the proximity of our manufacturers will definitely speed up the process!

Product Changes: As we refine the EcoQube C based on additional community feedback and more product testing, slight changes may be made. We'll only make changes that enhance the product experience.

Supplier Coordination: We work with a variety of suppliers to source the best materials and ensure that the product is developed correctly. Each supplier has its own challenges, which may affect its partners, including us.

Maintenance: As hard as we've worked to make this AS LOW MAINTENANCE AS POSSIBLE, it is still a living ecosystem. As with all ecosystems, imbalances can be prompted if your kids throw in a bag of fish food thinking the fish will grow faster, or if the aquarium is placed in the sun even though it comes with a beautiful bright light. Imbalances will cause algae growth and will require a tiny bit of wiping.

DISCLAIMER

Herbs and micro-greens can be extremely great filters and will thrive with the EcoQube C, but for that same reason, it is EXTREMELY unsafe for food consumption. Chemicals used for aquariums are NOT safe for human consumption and the plants WILL soak these chemicals up. Consumption of the plants grown in the EcoQube C is NOT recommended for humans.

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    THE FULL PDF version of Science Project Kit 2015 for you to print and use to apply the concepts of growing and AquaPonics with the youngins around you!

    Aquaponics is the concept we all need to help spread so we've decided to offer it just for $1 to anyone who wants to help make our world a better place. If you cannot financially contribute to the campaign for any reason, no worries, just donate $1 and you can be part of the movement to bring the concept of aquaponics to more people than ever before!

    EVERY backer counts! When you pledge, it helps our campaign get in front of more people! Please help us make this a reality by pledging just $1 to receive the science project kit we've spent hundreds of hours on! Thank you!

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    VIP SPECIAL!

    Get your EcoQube before anyone else in the world for $40 off! Be one of the first people to own/setup an EcoQube C! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -1 gallon Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $30 on the EcoQube C! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -1 gallon Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates.

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    PRE-ORDER SPECIAL: Save $20 on the EcoQube C! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -1 gallon Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates.

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    ECOQUBE C PRE-ORDER: Save $10! Comes with everything you need except water and fish, and digital science project kit. (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -1 gallon Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates.

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    TWIN ECOQUBE C EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get two EcoQube Cs and save $60! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates.

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    TWIN ECOQUBE C PRE-ORDER SPECIAL: Get two EcoQube Cs and save $40! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates.

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    KICKSTARTER COLOR SPECIAL!

    Get EcoQube COLORs- Get your EcoQube C in
    kickstarter GREEN!

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    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates instead of overestimate.

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    TWIN ECOUBE C PRE-ORDER: Get two EcoQube Cs and save $20! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates instead of overestimate.

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    ECOQUBE C Complete EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: SAVE $60 an EcoQube C with a UV LED installed for extra clean water. (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates instead of overestimate.

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    ECOQUBE C Complete SPECIAL: Save $50 on an EcoQube C with a UV LED installed for pristine water! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates instead of overestimate.

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    Ecoqube C at $39 EACH if you pre-order 4 units!!
    With this amazing price, you and three other friends can all get your very own Ecoqube C’s for only $39 each!

    This will make the PERFECT gift for the holiday season. It even comes with a gift tag printed on the top of the box!

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    ECOQUBE C Complete PRE-ORDER: Get $40 off retail value for an EcoQube C with a UV LED for even cleaner water!! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates instead of overestimate.

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    ECOQUBE C UV: Save $30 for an EcoQube C with UV! (Seeds are not included for intl backers)

    EcoQube C includes:
    -Acrylic EcoQube with integrated aquaponics filter
    -6mm thin CLEAR LED light for BOTH aquarium and filtering plant (thinnest LED on the market)
    -Mechanical sponge filter (never needs to be replaced)
    -Biological medium (for beneficial bacteria)
    -Induction pump for strong yet super quiet water flow
    -Power supply that works for any country
    -Plant medium + seeds (for US backers)

    Additional shipping costs will be requested based on volume and location. Shipping rates fluctuate dramatically based on volume (especially for international backers) and we want to give you our best shipping rates instead of overestimate.

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    VIP Founding Backer!

    Get your name PERMANENTLY injection molded onto every UV we sell!

    Of course, you also get:

    ECOQUBE C UV + EcoQube C (regular)

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    VIP Founding Backer!

    Kevin comes to setup 5 EcoQubes!

    Get your name PERMANENTLY injection molded onto every UV we sell!

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Funding period

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