Thanks for downloading!
We'd love to hear from you if the print was successful.
Desktop Aquaponics & Airfiltration System
We were inspired by the 'Back to Roots' AquaFarm system, however these (at the time) only shipped within the US. We therefore decided to design and build our own systems and share the results so anyone else interested could build one too.3D printer parts and enhancements
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike
Commercial use is allowed, you must attribute the creator, you may remix this work and the remixed work should be made available under this license.
Desktop Aquaponics System is part of a Aquaponics Lab project of the iForesee (i4C) at the Centre for Innovation (C4i) of Leiden University at Campus the Hague
The aim of this project is to develop a Aquaponic system that anyone could put together themselves and through this promote the 'social-education' and awareness of aquaponic practices and techniques.
Aquaponics is a process of combing Aquaculture (fancy word for fish farming) with Hydroponics (soil-less agriculture usually requiring a petroleum based nutrient solution for the plants). The idea of Aquaponics is to utilize the waste of fish (fish poop) to fertilize and nourish the plants within the system. As such, Aquaponics is a farming process that attempts to mimic natural ecosystems and can therefore be more than just a mechanism for producing food. This process shares many of the benefits hydroponic farmers experience with the added benefit of producing a double yield (fish and plants) in the same floor space (if vertically stacked).
We feel that this way of producing
food has a huge untapped potential and want to encourage innovation and social awareness in
this field. The maker community is an ideal breading ground for new
ideas and innovations and this is why we are sharing our designs and
After testing our initial prototype, we quickly realized of the potential of incorporating an air-filtration system into the unit. As such, this system not only serves aesthetic value (enhancing the Feng-shui of your room), but also keeps your plants watered (herbs, flowers, etc.) and filters the air from VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).
We would love to see other people build these systems for educational purposes (or just for fun) and share their experience, design improvements and suggestions with us.
Here some videos:
More info here: http://www.iforesee.nl/aquaponic-designs.html
Materials and methods
1. Ikea Vase BLOMSTER model(s)
2. Airpump + flexible air pipes
3. 45cm thick transparent aquarium pipe (approx 1.5cm diameter)
4. 3D Printed Grow Basket in PLA (see stl file)
5. Clay pellets or rock (grow medium for roots)
6. plant (basil, mint, etc)
7.1. Water snails (they help keep away algae growth)
8. Fish food
9. Water testing kit (pH, Amonia levels, Nitrite & Nitrate Levels, etc)
Approximate total cost (NL)*: 100 Euro
Note*: Cost vary depending on how you acquire the 3D printed model.
Issues are used to track todos, bugs or requests. To get started, you could create an issue.