The AquaFarm Hydroponic System I Installed For My Betta Fish. Grow Wheat Grass For Your Cat, too
My Beautiful Red Betta Fish
I have had many fish tanks in the past. My children enjoyed watching the small fish we would purchase from the pet store, such as the common Gold Fish.
Keeping the fish tank clear was always a challenge. No matter what filtering system I bought, our tank never looked nice and clean. I spent way too much time and money trying to maintain a small aquarium for our fish.
I even added snails to the tank because I was told they eat the algae, and would help keep the tank clean. They were too busy multiplying to do any cleaning!
After a year or two of my disappointing aquariums, I gave up. When the last fish died, I decided to give up! I saved the tank, gravel, and pump hoping one day I would become excited again about keeping fish.
I Purchased A Beautiful Red Betta Fish
I always check out the fish at the pet store because I am just fascinated with them. I saw some small glass containers with the most beautiful blue fish swimming all alone. There was no pump or filter attached to this fish’s tank.
I looked at the label. It was a Betta (Siamese Fighting Fish). I couldn’t take my eyes off this beautiful fish. There was a beautiful blue Betta in another tank, but I just knew I had to buy this gorgeous red Betta.
I was assured by the salesperson the Betta is extremely easy to keep and care for. She said they only need a small glass container, and required very little care. I was sold.
Facts About The Betta Fish
Facts about the Betta Fish:
They are small colorful fish, ranging from one inch to five inches.
They are known as anabantoids which just means they breathe atmospheric air. This is why they thrive in low oxygen water conditions that would kill most other fish.
As their name implies: they are a fighting fish and must be kept alone.
They are native freshwater fish from Thailand and Cambodia.
The Betta is a hardy fish and can eat almost anything, including worms, insects, and smaller fish.
My Cat Loves To Watch The Betta Fish
I named my fish “Sammy”, and he was so much fun to watch in his little tank. These fish are truly a fighting fish, so they have to live alone. I got a mirror and I’d put the mirror up against the glass. He would think it was another fish! Oh, my! He would swim right up to the mirror and come alive. His fins would fan way out. I wouldn’t do that for very long, because I was afraid I would stress him out too much.
I have a cat, Smokey, who loved watching Sammy! I had to put a top on his tank; otherwise I think my cat would have had Sammy for dinner.
I had Sammy for about four months, and I was enjoying him very much. Mother’s Day rolled around, and I received a gift from my daughter for Sammy.
What In The World Is This AquaFarm System?
When I first opened the box, my first reaction was: What in the world is this? It was a product called the AquaFarm® I read the enclosed information and learned this system is based on the principals of Aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable farming system whereby growth of plants uses the ammonia rich waste from the fish. The ammonia is converted to nitrites, which are food for plants.
As all this is taking place, the water is constantly cleaned for the fish. This all sounds really good, but is it going to be practical? Will the system be difficult to set up and maintain?
I should be able to grow wheat grass, basil, mint, lettuce or parsley right on top of Sammy’s tank using this system.
The AquaFarm® came complete with:
- A three gallon acrylic tank
- Five separate planters (these will be placed on top of the tank)
- Several packs of wheat grass, a lettuce mix, and basil
- “Grow stones”. This is the medium in which the seed will be planted.
- A water pump and tubing
The AquaFarm System Was Very Easy To Set Up
It took me about 45 minutes to set up the Aqua Farm®. Detailed instructions were included with the product.
As with any fish, when their water is changed, the fish is scooped up and placed in a small plastic bag.
After the new tank has been filled about halfway, the bag containing the fish is floated in the new water for about 15 minutes.
The grow bed is attached to the top of the tank, the grow stones are added, then the seeds. I chose to grow the wheat grass first.
The wheat grass sprouted very fast!
The Wheat Grass Is Sprouting Very Fast!
Top Of The Wheat Grass
Smokey, The Cat, Loves To Eat The Wheat Grass
My cat, Smokey, when right for the wheat grass! I was concerned about that until I researched as to the safety of cats eating wheat grass. I discovered wheat grass is very beneficial for cats.
Seems wheatgrass is safe for all pets! It has many nutrients.
I think I’ll be growing wheat grass for Smokey’s enjoyment rather than the herbs I had planned to grow.
Yummy Wheat Grass For Smokey, The Cat
An Introduction To The AquaFarm
Do You Enjoy An Aquarium?
I Would Recommend The AquaFarm System
If you enjoy watching fish swimming around in an aquarium, but you don’t want to be bothered with spending time and energy cleaning the tank, I would encourage you to get a beautiful Betta fish. If you have a cat, consider buying an AquaFarm® and raise wheat grass for him to eat!
I would recommend an AquaFarm ® for any fish tank; not just for Betta fish. I’ve had mine now for almost two months. I already have a couple of new packs of wheat grass I will plant so Smokey, the cat, has more to eat.