ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit w/ Dual T5 Grow Light Review

The ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit is an excellent ‘plug and go’ aquaponics system used to grow ornamental plants and fresh organic vegetables in your home, office or school classroom. With the system, it is possible to practice gardening while experiencing and enjoying the beauty of your aquarium. How do you like that? I found the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit pretty simple to use. Like most aquaponics systems, it’s got its good and its bad points – take a look at my review to find out more.

Who Would Love the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit?

This eco-friendly aquaponics system will be invaluable to individuals with a passion for conservation, gardening and fish rearing. It brings the outdoors into your living space and improves the aesthetic value of your home, office or classroom.

You will be able to grow just as many leafy vegetation as you need because the fish waste is rich in nitrogen, which is vital for the growth and development of plants. Using this aquaponics kit, whether to add aesthetic value or grow organic produce, is convenient as you do not require a lot of fish in your tank. All in all, it is a very sustainable way of indoor gardening and I think it would suit anyone with a love of nature.

What are the Features of the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit?

This kit has a powerful Micro-Jet Water Pump and 7 watts LED tank light. The powerful micro-jet pump enables faster circulation of water and nutrients because natural processes like evaporation and transpiration lower the water level. The effective fluorescent grow light is likewise essential for the growth of the plant life when using the Aquaponics system indoors because it provides sufficient lighting.

This kit has a simple and beautiful design. As you can see from this video review it makes it easy to transform any standard 20 gallon aquarium into a productive organic garden:

The Eco-Cycle Aquaponics kit is easy to setup and use. You give food to the fish; the fish nourish the plants; and the plants clean up the water. It’s that simple!

Specifications of the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit

  • Grow tray.
  • Grow tray pot holder.
  • Grow tray filter cover.
  • Grow tray door.
  • Pre-filter sponge.
  • Bio-filter brick.
  • 13 net pots.
  • 2 liters clay pellets.
  • 12” pump hose.
  • LED 12v power source.
  • Double 24” high output T5 fluorescent grow light.
  • Adjustable grow light hanging assembly.

Why Should You Buy the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit?

Other than being sustainable and eco-friendly, the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit is one of the most cost-effective and least stressful ways of gardening. You will get nutrien- rich produce, seeing that everything the plants need for their growth and development is found in the water. I found this system one of the easiest to use, and it’s a good feature on my desk.

Other than that, the responsibility of cleaning your fish tank every time will be taken care of. What do I mean by this? Well, in any eco-Aquaponics kit system, water in the fish tank will contain fish waste that accumulates over time. However the growing plants clean the water by utilizing the fish waste that’s rich in nitrogen, which they absorb through the roots for the growth and development.

In addition, it’s an alternative way of providing your family with organic and nutrient rich vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and broccoli among others.

How Do You Use Your ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit?

The best way to ensure your indoor garden thrives with this kit is to first ensure that your water has the right pH level. The most conducive environment would be one that has a pH level that is neither too alkaline nor too acidic. The pH should be slightly below 7 and not less than 6.5.

Avoid adding amphibians to your indoor garden as this would make the produce unfit for human consumption due to the increased risk for salmonella.

In addition, filter your tank once in a while to prevent clogging. A good scrubbing of the tank walls once in a while is also necessary. This will prevent algae buildup in your fish tank thereby creating a serene environment for the symbiotic plants and fish to grow.

What are the Pros of the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit?

  • This Aquaponics system kit is simple and easy to set up. It doesn’t require a lot of expertise.
  • It uses a very low amount of voltage to operate.
  • It is an efficient way of growing organic plants. Add only a few fish in the tank and you will have a surprisingly large amount of organic produce especially when you use fish that produce a lot of waste such as tilapia .
  • It has a beautiful design hence serves well its decorative purposes in the house. A large variety of ornamental plants can be grown especially those that thrive in nitrogen rich environments.
  • Lastly, using this Aquaponics kit will create a calm and tranquil environment in your home or work space since it produces no noise.

What are the Cons of the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit?

  • The small size of the Eco-Aquaponics kit means it only supports small fish tanks. This also limits the number of fish to be reared in the tank as an overly crowded tank would present an unhealthy environment to rear your fish.
  • This eco-Aquaponics system is also limited to the growth of plants that thrive in nitrogen rich environments such as bulb plant types.

What Alternatives Do You Have?

Although the Eco-cycle Aquaponics kit offers one of the best deals on the market, it faces stiff competition from alternatives such as the cheaper Back to the Roots Aqua Farm ($59.99),the nicely-sized but rather expensive AquaBundance Kit System ($1295.95) and the Clone King 25 Site Aeroponic Machine ($83.96) that uses the Aeroponic growth method to make cloning effortless and fail-proof. There is also the interesting Fin to Flower model, which we reviewed here too, and the Ecoqube C.

What’s the Price?

It sells at $250. The best place to order your Eco-cycle Aquaponics system would be on Amazon. The price is slightly higher than that of similar products, but with its incredible features it is a wise investment.

What’s My Conclusion?

If what you are looking for is an eco-friendly way of rearing your fish and growing your own organic produce, then look no further than the Eco-Cycle Aquaponics kit. You will grow fresh produce and rear fish from the comfort of your home, patio, or backyard – without having to worry about over or under watering your plants.

If you wish to practice indoor gardening and would rather go the “plug-and-play” than the DIY route, consider purchasing the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit. You will have an easy ride in Aquaponics – the sustainable technique of creating a tiny food forest right in your home!

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