Every homestead, no matter how small, has a pet or two, and sometimes that pet is really small. Like a beta fish. My boys have loved having a fish and while I adore their squeals of delight and marvel at the fish’s beautiful fins, I hate cleaning the fishy’s home. No matter who picked the fish, how many there are or how fancy the aquarium and filter system, cleaning the tank always falls on me. So, imagine my delight when Uncommon Goods asked if I’d like to review something on their website and offered up the Aquafarm as an option. A fish tank that cleans itself and grows food? Sign me up!
A Fin Surprise
When our Aquafarm (click for info) came in the mail my boys and I couldn’t wait to set it up. We unpackaged the whole thing and found a coupon inside for a fish! Now, seeing as how dear Squidfin had passed before his new home arrived, the coupon was immediately snatched up by my six year old who then convinced his Aunt Becky to take him to Petco to get a new fish. They came home with Blueberry, a light blue-gray male beta and we set to work.
Setting Up the Aquafarm
The tank wasn’t hard to assemble, but there was a bit of waiting on the bath water for the fish, then the fish taking his bath, then the tank water being ready for the fish… My boys grew impatient quickly, but it really wasn’t a big deal. We used the wait times to watch Blueberry swim around in a little bowl, cook supper, and assemble the planters.
Planting the Seeds
Once we got Blueberry into his new home, it was time to plant some seeds! Our tank came with basil and wheat grass seeds. The basil we planted right away, according the directions. The wheat grass seeds we had to soak overnight before planting. I didn’t feel like I had enough seeds for all 5 little pots so I planted some alfalfa seeds in a couple of them. In about 4 days we had wheat grass! Here we are 2 weeks later and that wheat grass has had multiple trimmings and needs another trim! The basil and alfalfa are growing but very very slowly. I honestly didn’t expect them to grow at all due to the lack of sunlight in our living room. I have a feeling I’ll be re-planting those pots with more wheat grass since it grows so well in the shade and we can actually harvest it and use in my husband’s green juices!
Praise for the Self-Cleaning Aquarium
The best part though? The tank stays clean. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that makes me! The water is as fresh and clear as the day we set up the tank, thanks to the plants! They’re thriving on the natural bacteria and fertilizer produced by the fish and in return, they’re filtering the water and keeping it crystal clear. We may not get a big harvest of herbs or grass, but if the plants keep the fish’s water clean, that’s enough for me to say this tank is worth every penny!
Where Can You Buy an Aquafarm?
at UncommonGoods.com of course! They have a wide variety of amazing gift ideas for homesteaders. I love the garden tools, mushroom growing kits and the seed keeper! They also have some really unique things like this pick punch for your favorite guitarist or this fun kinectic sand that would be perfect for your homeschool activities with the kids!