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Aqualibrium: Miniature Modular Ecosystem Grows Fresh Vegetables Indoors

by , 10/26/13

aqualibrium, organic gardening, urban farming, aquaponics, hydroponics

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.


aqualibrium, organic gardening, urban farming, aquaponics, hydroponics

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.

The Aqualibirum has been successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign, and interested green thumbs can pre-order their first unit for $320 plus shipping through their official website.

+ Aqualibrium

Via Co.Design

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3 Comments

  1. cheavilin April 4, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    i am totally excited about this method of food poroduction, but i think that the average person will look at it as a supplement instead of a source of food. if there is no food available this will not be enough without a complex/large set of systems.

    my other issue is are the fish large enough to eat or just part of the ecosystem.

    this has probably been brought up numerous time but i am just now signing up, so cut me some slack please.

  2. Luke Geoghegan October 29, 2013 at 6:01 am

    It’s so frustrating that we’re still awaiting similarly accessible products in the UK

  3. Matthew Hill October 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you Universe! Jacque Fresco! and those 2 Law school students!

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