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Holiday Gift Idea: AquaFarm Aquaponics Aquarium

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In my last post for UncommonGoods, I promised a closer look at the AquaFarm (get it here). Well, we finally have it all set up, so let’s take a closer look shall we?

The AquaFarm is a sustainable ecosystem that uses aquaponics to grow plants and provide a clean environment for fish. The plants thrive on fish waste and the plants help keep the water clean. Score! The AquaFarm includes all of the essentials needed for a revolutionary countertop garden including organic seeds, a chemical free dechlorinator, pump, gravel, a sampling packet of fish food, and a 99 cent betta fish coupon.

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Since the nearest Petco is 30 minutes away, we picked up a betta as well as a live plant at a small shop in town. Setup was a breeze, but we had to provide some of our own supplies. The kit didn’t come with enough gravel to line the bottom of the tank. I found that weird to say the least. Luckily, we had some blue gravel on hand. We also dug up a decorative star to display in the tank. The pump that came with the AquaFarm is a temporary pump and turning it off at night is recommended. We had another pump on hand, so we didn’t bother with the temp.

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Our betta seems to be flourishing in his new home. Right now, he’s on our kitchen counter. I’d like to move him to the office where the wheat grass, basil, and water plant will get plenty of sunlight. We’re purchasing a small aquarium heater first, as it can get nippy in the office. The AquaFarm would make a pretty nifty gift this holiday season. Just be prepared to supplement a few supplies. Consider purchasing from UncommonGoods as they are just as charitable as they are quirky.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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44 Comments

  • Annette December 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I’m excited about the major scale musical wine glasses – set of 2.

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  • Annette December 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I’d choose to support City Harvest.

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  • HilLesha December 16, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    I love the agate coasters.

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  • HilLesha December 16, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    I’d support City Harvest.

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  • Linda Trinklein December 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM
  • Linda Trinklein December 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I would support Rainn http://www.rainn.org/ !!!

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  • Howell December 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I like the Math Glasses.

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  • Howell December 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I would choose the City Harvest.

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  • Eugenie December 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I think that the unzipped glass zipper bag is cute.

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  • Eugenie December 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I would choose the American Forests charity.

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  • Ashley H December 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I like the jewelry tree.

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  • Sharon December 14, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    i like the raw stone necklaces

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  • Sharon December 14, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    City Harvest

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  • meredith December 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I would support the City Harvest charity

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  • meredith December 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I really like the aqua farm!

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  • Betty December 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    I love the Beard Pack – for the guy who has everything including a beard.

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  • Betty December 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    I would support City Harvest – Sometimes it is mindboggling that such hunger solutions have not been utilized. It is sad that waste is tolerated when we have families going hungry so close by

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  • Patti Hess December 13, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Gummy Bear Lights look cool

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

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  • Patti Hess December 13, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Women for Women is the Charity I would support while shopping

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

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  • Kimberly December 12, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I’d get the periodic table building blocks for my daughter.

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  • Betty Baez December 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I like the warm and cool face mugs!

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  • Betty Baez December 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I would choose City Harvest charity!

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  • Lauren E. December 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    the little red riding hood blanket

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  • latanya December 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    silk patchwork sari scarf

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  • Deborah Mireles December 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    I like the chalkboard placemats

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  • Deborah Mireles December 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I would choose RAINN

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  • Emilie December 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    i’d choose to support american forests, our planets needs some extra love!

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  • Emilie December 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I think their beard pack is genus, I might get one for my boyfriend so he doesn’t scratch my face off every time we kiss ;)

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  • Nancy December 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    One of their items that I like is the Silk Sari Scarf.

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  • Nancy December 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    The charity I’d like to support is City Harvest.

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  • Lynda Del December 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’d support RAINN.

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  • Lynda Del December 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I really like the whiskey stone set.

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  • Tina December 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I’d support RAINN.

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  • Shannon December 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    The early reader book set!

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  • Jenn December 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Uncommon Goods has a lot of really neat things. I absolutely love the Recycled Desk Pendulum Clock – my seven year old son, who is autistic and fascinated with clocks and the physical mechanics of things – would love this for Christmas! http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/recycled-desk-pendulum-clock

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  • Jenn December 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I love this tank – I have one for my Betta fish, Princeton. Just one thing I’d recommend for yours: a heater! Betta fish thrive in water temperatures ranging between 78 and 84.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, by the way. :) I would support RAINN while shopping at Uncommon Goods.

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    • Sheena December 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM

      Yes, we’re going with the Hydor MINI HEATER Aquarium Heater. ;-)

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  • Susan December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I support RAINN and love the amber brewing kit. My husband lives beer

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  • Krista December 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I’d support RAINN.

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  • Miranda Stason December 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I would choose to give to the sexual violence charity, there are too many people that need the help that don’t see it from the traditional means. I can’t really say which item I am most excited about because there are so many wonderful things but I am really excited to see they have handmade and recycled items.

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  • Miranda Stason December 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    My daughter is in her first year of college and she has complained of no pets for a while now and I have been considering a betta tank. This one seems perfect for her dorm room and I think she would love it.

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  • Ashley W December 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I am most excited about the Texas chipotle amber beer brewing kit.

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  • Megan December 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Easiest fish tank ever!

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  • Ashley W December 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    I would pick the RAINN charity.

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