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From Aquaponics USA's ready to use mini-fish farms to Access to Aquaponics' $499.99 starter kits, there are more and more companies aiming to take aquaponics (a symbiotic combination of hydroponics and fish farming) into the mainstream. Jaymi over at Planet Green has just covered Farm in a Box's broad range of aquaponics systems, and with prices starting at $35 for a DIY instruction kit, ranging up to $3000 for a full system, there's something for every pocket. Farm in a Box is the brainchild of Earth Solutions, a company that also creates ready-to-use square foot gardening beds. Like Access to Aquaponics, Earth Solutions are based in Atlanta, Georgia (something in the water?), and are giving beginners a chance to experiment with aquaponics with mini-systems that utilize gold fish and other small species, rather than diving straight into larger edible species like tilapia. Also available is a do-it-yourself instruction kit for aquaponics in a barrel for those with the time and inclination to build their own. (The company also sells pumps and other components.)
Perhaps most attractive though, is Farm in a Box Phoenix model, a complete aquaponics set up that includes a 200 gallon fish tank (big enough for tilapia and other edibles), and three grow beds. Most crucially, the system also looks good, having been crafted from FSC-certified oak. Aesthetics are a vital component if aquaponics are to become part of your average backyard gardeners' skill-set. At $3000, it seems likely that most commercial aquaponics set ups are more likely to build their own—so the target market here is your serious home gardener. Sure, it's a lot of money, but with folks spending thousands of dollars on high-end geodesic greenhouses, Farm in a Box will find a welcome home among folks' looking to invest heavily in self-sufficiency.
Check out the video below to see Farm in a Box in action at Bioneers.
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