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Aqualibrium: Miniature Modular Ecosystem Grows Fresh Vegetables Indoors
The Aqualibrium is a closed-loop aquaponics system that offers city dwellers and renters an exciting new way to join the urban farming movement. The system incorporates plants, fish, and LED lights to produce a steady source of food indoors all year round. The Aqualibrium‘s modern and modular design can be connected to other units and scaled to fit almost any abode.
The Aqualibrium was developed by two law school students and an aquaponics expert who were inspired by designer Jacque Fresco to bring food production back to the grassroots level. The modular units stand four feet high and a little over two feet wide. The body is composed of UV-protected clear plastic and the self-cleaning aquarium holds 13 gallons of water. It comes equipped with a 9W waterproof LED grow light, and the entire assemblage snaps together to prevent kids or pets from knocking over the miniature ecosystem.
The Aqualibrium can be used as an aquaponic system wherein fish generate nutrients for the plants to grow, or hydroponic for those who would rather just grow plants. The creators state that several linked Aqualibriums can provide enough produce for an entire family – from fresh greens to veggies as big as eggplants. Since the grow methods require no pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides, the self-watering Aqualibrium provides a safe alternative to conventional produce.
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