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Best Aquaponic Kits Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the Best Aquaponic Kit? Read on as we compare and review all the top options available with pros & cons.
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New gardening approaches and techniques are introduced on a regular basis, and while many of them flop, some take off and really thrive. Aquaponics is one of the newest gardening trends, and it’s really gaining traction and has proven to be a successful and enjoyable technique.

To help you on your quest to find the best aquaponics kit, we’ve taken the liberty of doing the research for you and we’ve narrowed down the choices to what we believe are the best home aquaponics kits currently available on the market.

In this guide, you’ll find a collection of reviews of each of our top picks, as well as a buyer’s guide, which highlights the key factors to consider when you’re shopping for one of these kits, and we wrap things up by providing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that consumers have about these types of gardening systems. With the information presented in this guide, you should have no trouble choosing the right home aquaponics kit to suit your needs.

Our Top Picks

If you’re looking for a quality aquaponics kit but you don’t have a lot of time to spend reading through lengthy reviews, this section is for you.

Best Pick: AquaSprouts Garden

AquaSprouts Garden
  • The AquaSprouts Garden is a self-sustaining aquarium & aquaponics kit for the home, office or school
  • Fish fertilize the plants. Plants clean the water for the fish. Fits any standard 10-gallon aquarium
  • Grow a variety of veggies, herbs, greens and decorative plants all year long
  • Perfect tool to explore how our natural environment works. Specialized teacher curricula available
  • This updated model includes adjustable drain extenders to quiet water flow

With the AquaSprouts Garden, you can enjoy the beauty of a live aquarium and grow healthy plants at the same time. This self-sustaining system supports both marine life and plants. It comes complete with everything you need to turn any 10 gallon tank (measuring approximately 20 inches by 10 inches by 12 inches), including an easy to assemble AquaSprouts Garden, a removable light bar that can accommodate any standard indoor grow light, a pump  and timer, and customized grow media. The step-by-step guide that it comes with is easy to tread and makes setting up and maintaining your garden and aquarium as easy as possible.

Premium Pick: Eco-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade
  • Grow fresh organic produce all year long on your 20 gallon fish tank with no water changes
  • Fish fertilize the plants. Plants clean the water for the fish in this closed loop, sustainable system
  • Advanced, programmable LED lights help your plants grow faster using less energy. 4 grow settings, remote control, and built in timer give you the most efficient, easy to use system available
  • Instructional videos, email and phone support included. Tank not included
  • Excellent learning tool for all ages with curriculum offered for teachers

For gardeners who are serious about growing an aquaponic garden, the Eco-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade is an outstanding choice – and our pick for the best premium aquaponics kit. It’s specially designed to turn any 20 gallon fish tank into a symbiotic aquarium and garden. It comes with advanced LED lights that can be programmed and features four different grow settings that can be adjusted with a handy remote control. The built-in timer ensures efficiency and makes the system very easy to use. And thanks to the advanced LED lights and grow settings, your plants will be able to grow faster and healthier, and you’ll use a lot less energy.

Budget Pick: Back to Roots Water Garden

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Back to the Roots Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (Great Gardening Gift & Family Project), 3 Gallons
  • YEAR ROUND WATER GARDEN: The Back to the Roots Water Garden Duo allows you to grow a succulent or houseplant garden all year round and comes with everything you need to get started - no green thum or big backyard needed.
  • CONVENIENT AND EASY: Harvest organic microgreens from your aquarium in just 10 days; Your Water Garden becomes a self-cleaning fish tank that also grows fresh food up top; The fish waste fertilizes the plants on top and the plants clean the water
  • THE PERFECT LIVING HOME DECOR OR GIFT: Each Back to the Roots Water Garden Duo comes with a free STEM curriculum on aquaponic and hydroponic systems to encourage your kids to learn more about it; This award-winning ecoystem is also the perfect gift.
  • EVERYTHING INCLUDED: The Water Garden comes with all the necessary items like Organic Microgreen Seeds, D-Klor and Zym-Bac, Growstones, Fish Food and Coupon; This is a stress-free tank which uses a self-cleaning cycle.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND GUARANTEED TO GROW: All Back to the Roots indoor gardening kits are backed by this promise – if your kit doesn't grow as described, we'll replace it free of charge or provide a 100% refund; Refill kits are also available

If you’re just getting started with aquaponics and you want a small kit to start with and don’t want to spend a lot, the Back to the Roots Water Garden is an excellent choice. It comes complete with everything you need to get your garden and aquarium started, including a small tank, organic Microgreen seeds, D-Klor and Zym-Bac water conditioner, grow stones, and fish food, as well as coupled that you can use to buy more food at a discounted price. With this mini hydroponics ecosystem, you’ll be able to have a sleek, low-maintenance, self-watering planter that you can use to grow vibrant, healthy plants, and happy, heathy fish. All of these benefits, and the Back to the Roots Water Garden is also very affordably priced.

Home Aquaponics Kit Reviews

Now that we’ve taken a quick look at our top three picks for the best aquaponics kits, let’s dive in a little deeper and take a closer look. In this section, we provide longer, more in-depth review of our top picks for the best overall, best premium, and best budget systems, as well as a handful of additional high-quality models. These reviews go into more detail about the key features of each system and feature a list of pros and cons so that you can quickly scan through advantages and disadvantages of each model.

AquaSprouts Garden

Our pick for the best overall aquaponic kit is the AquaSprouts Garden. It’s a self-sustaining aquarium and aquaponics kit that can be used at home, in the office, or in a classroom. It comes with everything you need to transform a 10 gallon fish tank into a self-sustaining garden and aquarium.

A modern, matte black AquaSprouts garden sits on the top of the tank and can accommodate a large amount of plants. The removable light bar can be used with any standard indoor grow light to optimize the amount of light that your plants receive. A submersible 9.5 watt / 120 volt 160 gallon per hour pump will keep the water in your aquarium moving so that it remains fresh and clean.

It also comes with a 24 hour timer that can be set in 15 minute intervals to simplify the use of the system. Both the pump and the timer are backed by a one year warranty. It comes with specialized grow media, which replaces the soil that is used for traditional gardening and acts as a support base for your plants; just place it in the included grow bed and plant your seeds.

The grow media also offers a surface area for bacteria to grow and turn the waste the fish produce into nutrients that will feed your plants. It’s also very easy to use, as it comes with a detailed, step-by-step guide that explains how to set up the system, and you can access customer support anytime you need via phone, email, or live chat on the manufacturer’s website.

What We Liked
  • Can turn any 10 gallon fish tank into an aquaponic garden
  • Comes with a modern-designed AquaSprouts garden
  • A removable light bar can accommodate any standard indoor grow light
  • Comes with a 9.5 watt / 120 volt 160 gallons per hour pump
  • Comes with a 24 hour timer that can be set for 15 minute intervals
  • The pump and timer are backed by a 1 year warranty
  • Specialized grow media grows healthy plants and turns the garden into a filter that will filter out the waste your fish produce
  • Comes with an easy-to-read, step-by-step guide that explains how to set up and maintain the garden and aquarium

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Eco-Life Conservation Eco-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System

With the Eco-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System from Eco-Life Conservation, you’ll be able to turn any 20 gallon fish tank into a aquaponics garden. It comes with advanced programmable LED lights that are specially designed to improve plant growth, allowing your plants to grow faster and healthier.

The light features four grow settings, which can be adjusted with a remote control, as well as a built-in timer so that you can grow the most efficient garden. It also comes with a garden bed, which sits on top of your aquarium, and it offers the most grow space of any home aquaponics kit, and it includes growing medium.

Just place the medium in the garden bed, fill it with seeds, set it on top of your fish tank, set up your light, and sit back and watch your plants and fish thrive. This system also comes complete with a step-by-step, easy-to-read instruction manual.

With the EcoLife Conservation Eco-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade, you’ll be able to grow a large amount of healthy plants in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner.

What We Liked
  • Can convert any 20 gallon fish tank into an aquaponics garden
  • Features advanced programmable LED lights
  • The lights have four grow settings and can be adjusted with a remote control
  • The lights features a built-in timer
  • Features the largest garden bed of any home aquaponics kit
  • Comes with growing medium
  • Easy-to-read, step-by-step instructions allow for easy use
  • Produces reliable, high-quality results

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Back to the Roots Water Garden

This small, affordably priced kit is a great way to get started with aquaponics. It features a clear, 3 gallon tank that’s constructed of safe, high-grade, plastic material. A small garden bed sits on top of the tank and is designed to hold growing medium and seeds.

In addition to the tank and garden bed, this kit also comes with organic Microgreen seeds and Growstones growing medium to get your garden started, D-Klor and Zym-Bac that will enhance the water in your fish tank and enhance the production of their natural protective slime coating and jumpstart the nutrient cycling to maintain ideal ammonia and nitrite levels for your fish.

It also comes with high-quality fish food that contains the vital proteins, vitamins, and dietary supplements that your fish need to thrive, and coupons that you can use to get additional fish food at a discounted rate. The small size of this system is ideal for children and is the perfect way to introduce them to aquaponics.

Easy to use, affordably priced, and it comes complete with everything you need to get started, it’s easy to see why Back to the Roots Water Garden is our pick for the best budget home aquaponics kit.

What We Liked
  • Comes with a 3 gallon tank that’s constructed of high-grade, durable materials
  • Comes with a grow garden that sits on top of the tank
  • Features Growstones nutritionally-dense growing media for plants
  • Comes with an organic seed starter kit
  • Features D-Klor and Zym-Bac for the water and the fish
  • Comes with an advanced filtration pump
  • Comes complete with nutrient-dense fish food, as well as coupons for discounted fish food
  • Very easy to use
  • Very affordably priced

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Vivosun Aquaponic Fish Tank

Another high-quality, affordably priced, and easy to use home aquaponic kit is the Vivosun Aquaponic Fish Tank Hydroponic Cleaning Tank Fish Tank. It features a small sized clear fish tank that’s made of highly durable, yet lightweight materials, as well as a growing bed for your plants that sits on top of the tank.

An automatic siphon system allows the water level on the top of the tank to maintain a tidal-like fluctuation, which not only ensures that the plant roots are immersed in the water, but also allows them to freely and regularly breathe oxygen. It generates a natural supply of oxygen every 2 minutes.

There’s a thermostat, too, which allows you to measure the temperature of the water to ensure that your fish are in the ideal environment. A mini pump draws the dirty water into the gardening tray that sits on top of the tank and houses the plants, so that the waste in the water produced by the fish can be used to feed the plants.

The plants filter out the waste and the clean water is circulated back into the fish tank. This aquaponic tank can be used to grow more than 150 different types of vegetables, herbs, and other kinds of plants. It’s very easy to use and thanks to the small size, the tank is ideal for children or for a compact area, and with an affordable price tag, it won’t break the bank.

What We Liked
  • Features a small tank that’s constructed of high-grade, durable, yet lightweight materials
  • Features a thermostat that can be used to measure the temperature of the water
  • A pump circulates the water from the tank into the garden bed, which feeds the plants, and the water the plants have cleaned is then circulated back down to the fish
  • Comes with a grow tray that fits perfectly on top of the tank
  • Very easy to set up and easy to use
  • Can be used to grow more than 150 species of plants
  • Very affordably priced

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Sheebo 2.5 Gallon Modern Aquarium Kit

Last on our list of the best home aquaponic kits is this model from Sheebo. It comes with a 2.5 gallon fish tank that is made of high-grade, durable, and lightweight PMMA ABS material. A single-button smart control on the tank controls seven LED ambient lights, the water pump and filtration system.

The lights provide the plants with the light they need to thrive, while the water pump and filtration system circulates the water in the tank to the plants, which feeds them, and the water that’s been cleansed by the plants is then recycled back into the tank. It’s also ouffitted with an independent power port which adjusted the supply of oxygen so that you don’t have to fully open the lid to feed the fish.

An adjustment knob on the side of the tank allows you to adjust the oxygen supply as needed. The multi-filtration system offers four stages of filtration, which includes volcanic stone, filter cotton wool, biochemical cotton, and an activated carbon system. Since the tank is run by a USB DC power supply system, in the event that there’s a power failure, you won’t have to worry about your tank being cut out.

A 5 volt low voltage safety control system and a 1 degree power supply can last for up to 15 days. It also features a purification system that’s powered by a USB cable connected to a charger. The water pump is whisper quiet, too, so you don’t have to worry about it interfering with your environment.

What We Liked
  • 5 gallon tank is made of PMMA and ABS materials that are highly durable, unbreakable, and lightweight
  • Features 7 LED ambient lights
  • Multi-filtration system
  • Comes with a whisper-quiet pump
  • Powered by a USB DC power supply
  • Contains a purification system
  • Very easy to use

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Other Best Selling Options

Bestseller No. 1
ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade
  • Grow fresh organic produce all year long on your 20 gallon fish tank with no water changes
  • Fish fertilize the plants. Plants clean the water for the fish in this closed loop, sustainable system
  • Advanced, programmable LED lights help your plants grow faster using less energy. 4 grow settings, remote control, and built in timer give you the most efficient, easy to use system available
  • Instructional videos, email and phone support included. Tank not included
  • Excellent learning tool for all ages with curriculum offered for teachers
Bestseller No. 4
Aquaponics Planter Kit for Betta Fish with Rimless Glass Tank, Planter Lid, Pots, Medium, Lava Rock Gravel, Stainless Net, Fish Food, Water Treatments, Good Bacteria, Transplanting Guide, and More
  • Enjoy a premium, high aesthetic, fish keeping experience with Boutique Betta
  • Aquaponics kit includes everything needed to keep your betta fish healthy and thriving while learning and experimenting with aquaponics
  • Complete aquaponics Aquarium kit with the highest quality standards
  • Easy to use additives and complete guidebook with additional planter guide means even beginners can enjoy high end fish keeping
  • Includes: Glass Fish Tank 2.1gal Rimless, Porous Lava Rock Gravel, Cycle Boost Good Bacteria, Water Treatment 1oz Bottle, Cycle Good Bacteria 1oz Bottle, Soothing Solution 1oz Bottle, Betta-1 High Protein Fish Food 2oz, Stainless Net, Water Change Pitcher, Cleaning Sponge, Plant Baskets with liners, Growing Medium, Acrylic Planter Lid, Planting & Transplanting Guide, and Complete Guide Book

Aquaponics Kit Buyer’s Guide

Essentially, aquaponics brings together a garden with an aquarium to establish what can be considered a closed-loop system in which the plants in the aquarium are fed by the waste the fish produce, and the fish eat the natural growth that develops on the roots of the plants, such as algae.

It’s very synergistic or symbiotic, as the two parts that are used in aquaponics – the fish and the plants – collaborate or work together. Essentially, the fish and the plants become interdependent, as they rely on one another to survive. Aquaponics brings together and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of both worlds: gorgeous flowers or healthy fruits and vegetables, and a sparkling clean aquarium that requires minimal maintenance and is filled with beautiful, happy, and healthy fish.

The first aquaponic tanks began as a hobby and required the use of large tanks. However, as the process proved to be successful, interest grew and the popularity took off, aquaponic kits for home use were developed, and were introduced to the market.

With a home aquaponics kit, you can enjoy the benefits of this type of gardening system. What are the benefits of aquaponics? There are many, but some of the most notable include:

  • Sustainability.  Aquaponics is a sustainable way to garden, as it allows you to grow plants and nurture fish in a single system, and the plants and fish work together symbiotically and thrive.
  • Year-round gardening. While many kinds of gardening methods only work at certain times of the year, with aquaponics, you can farm all year long.
  • Minimal water use. Compared to other types of gardening, aquaponics uses much less water. While the name may imply that it requires a lot of water usage (“aqua” = water), aquaponics actually uses about 90 percent less water than traditional methods of gardening. Because the plants cleanse the fish waste, since the fish consume the growth on the plants, and because the water is recycled throughout the system, the water very rarely has to be changed or discarded.
  • Improved growth rate. Another key benefit of aquaponics is improved plant growth. In this systems, plants grow much faster, as they have access to all-natural nutrients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Little weeding. Because no soil is used, there are very little weeds in an aquaponic system. Minimal weeds also allows for improved plant growth, as the flowers, fruits, or vegetables that you’re growing can enjoy more of the nutrients that they have access to.
  • Minimal space. With other types of farming, you need a lot of land and fertile soil. With aquaponics, you aren’t limited to where you can garden, as these systems don’t require soil or plots of land; rather, they can be used on any type of land or surface, including gravel, cement, rocks, and even in dry climates.
  • Food security. Given the current state of the world, food independence has become extremely important. With aquaponics, you’ll be able to enjoy food security, as you can grow large amounts of your own healthy produce.

Given the many benefits that aquaponics provides, it’s easy to see why it’s become such a popular way to grow flowers and produce. If you’re looking for a fun way to garden and you want to take advantage of the above-mentioned benefits, you may be thinking about giving aquaponics a try. In order to do that, you’ll need to purchase a home aquaponics kit. As you can imagine, given the popularity of this method of gardening, the market has become pretty saturated with these systems. While having a lot of different options to choose from is certainly a good thing, with so many choices, trying to figure out which home aquaponics kit to choose can seem like a daunting task.

After reading through our list of reviews for the best home aquaponics kits, you can see that there are plenty of high-quality models to choose from. While each model is certainly high-quality and offers definite benefits, you still need to narrow down the options and select the one that will best suit your needs. How do you do that? – By taking some key factors into consideration.

In this part of our guide, we discuss the most notable factors that you should consider when you’re shopping for a home aquaponics kits. By taking these factors into consideration, you will be able to narrow down the choices and select the model that will best suit your specific needs.

The Type

First and foremost, you’re going to want to consider the type of aquaponics kit that you want. There are two main options: a full system that comes complete with all of the components that are needed to get started with aquaponics, including the fish tank, and an extension kit, which comes with accessories that can be used to turn a standard fish tank into an aquaponic tank.

With the former, you won’t need to purchase a fish tank, which is a definite plus; however, the downside is that they are usually small. With the latter, you can turn a larger tank into an aquaponics system, and because they’re larger, you can yield more plants; however, the downside here is that these kits tend to be a bit more expensive.

The Size

Once you decide what type of aquaponics kit you’d like to use, the next thing you’ll need to do is decide on the size. As you can see from our list of reviews, these systems come in a wide variety of sizes.

The size of the system will not only affect how many fish you can have and the number of plants you can grow, but it will also impact where you can use the system. To determine what size you’ll need, consider the area where you plan on using the system.

Use a tape measure to get accurate measurements of the area and then keep those measurements in mind when you’re shopping in order to ensure that you choose one that is appropriately sized and can fit into the space.

The Materials

You’ll also want to consider the materials that the system is made of. The best home aquaponic kits are constructed of high-grade, durable, yet lightweight materials. The materials that the system is made of will have a direct impact on the overall quality of the system, how well it will work, and how long it will last.

Ease of Use

Another important factor that you’re going to want to take into consideration when you’re shopping for a home aquaponics kits is the ease of use. Obviously, you want the system to be as easy to use as possible.

The easier the system is to use, the more enjoyable raising plants and fish will be. The best systems come complete with easy to follow, step by step instruction manuals and offer customer support from the manufacturer.

The Features

Home aquaponic kits can come with a variety of features. Some come with just the basics, including the garden bed that sits on top of the tank and a filter for the water; however, there are other models that come with everything you need, including the tank, filter, garden bed, growing medium, grow lights, programmable timers, thermostats, and even fish food.

Usually, the more features a home aquaponics kit comes with, the higher the price tag will be; however, do keep in mind that while you may have to pay more for a system that comes with all of the components, if you opt to select a system that only comes with the basics, you’ll need to purchase the additional accessories, which could actually drive up the overall price. That being said, however, if you need to purchase the accessories yourself, you can select the options that will best suit your specific needs and create a customized home aquaponics kit.

The Price

Last, but certainly not least, you’re going to want to consider the price of the home aquaponics kit. The prices vary widely, with some models costing less than $10, and others costing a few hundred dollars or more.

Remember that the size of the system, the materials it’s made of, and the features it comes with will all affect the price of the kit. Make sure you set a budget before you start shopping so that you can avoid spending more than you can comfortably afford.

Aquaponic Kit FAQs

Are home aquaponic kits really worthwhile?

Absolutely! If you’re looking for an effective, efficient, and enjoyable way to grow a garden and raise fish, than yes, an aquaponic kit is definitely worth the investment of your time and money.

Are aquaponic kits hard to use?

It depends on the model that you purchase. The best models come with easy to follow instructions and once you get the hang of it, using the system will become second nature.

Conclusion

With a home aquaponics kit, you can enjoy growing beautiful, healthy plants, as well as beautiful, healthy fish in the same space. This eco-friendly, low-maintenance systems are quite revolutionary and very enjoyable to use. With the information presented in this guide, you should be able to choose the best aquaponics kit to suit your specific needs.

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Hollie is a life-long gardener, having started helping her Dad work on their yard when she was just 5. Since then she has gone on to develop a passion for growing vegetables & fruit in her garden. She has an affinity with nature and loves to share her knowledge gained over a lifetime with readers online. Hollie has written for a number of publications and is now the resident garden blogger here at GardenBeast. Contact her at hollie@gardenbeast.com or follow on twitter https://twitter.com/greenholliec

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