I got a pet fish! Meet my new Betta in its new home, the Aquafarm!
I’m surprised how little maintenance is required to care for a Betta fish, but maybe I am speaking too soon. I just got this little guy today.
The fish tank is a unique item from Back To The Roots called the Aquafarm, a 3-gallon tank that utilizes aquaponics to grow a small-scale garden while raising a pet fish. The fish fertilizes the plants and the plants return clean water to the fish. It’s not truly a closed circle (you still have to feed the fish), but it is one of the more aesthetically pleasing at-home versions that follow the aquaponics concept.
I received it several months back as a reward for backing the product during the company’s Kickstarter campaign, but didn’t set it up until today because I was uncertain whether I’d be in 1 place long enough to really see any results (and considering I moved states, I guess it was the right choice!). I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Aquafarm, some saying the motor is too loud or the fish died or nothing substantial grew. While I can’t say much about the last 2 yet, for the noise level of the motor, I dampened it by placing padding around its slot (a piece of an old rag). You can still hear the motor, but the “glub glub glub” of the circulating water is louder, so I think the volume level is tolerable enough. And kind of soothing!
I planted 2 pots of Thai basil, 2 pots of Italian basil, and 1 pot of scallions. For the scallions, I just bought a bundle from the store, cut off the root ends, and stuck them in the pot. Since scallions can grow with very little help (you can grow them with just a shot glass filled with water), I figured this way, I would at least have 1 thing that would produce a good result!
Well, here’s hoping it works out!