Thursday, November 1, 2007

Grow your own fish...

Why is this so special?

It's just some tomatoes, right?

Wait a minute...tomatoes and fish?

Holy Tommy Chong, it's a Farm Fountain!

Aquaponic Concept:

Fish swim in water > Fish poop in water > Poopy water becomes toxic for fish, so it is cycled into plants > Nutrient rich water is loved and absorbed by plants > Plant-filtered water is then safe for fish and circulated back into the water > Wash, rinse, repeat.


Would you buy one? You don't need to. They want you to build your own, going so far as to provide you with step-by-step instructions.

Start drinking that soda!

From their website:

Farm Fountain is an experiment in local, sustainable agriculture and recycling. It utilizes 2-liter plastic soda bottles as planters and continuously recycles the water in the system to create a symbiotic relationship between edible plants, fish and humans. The work creates an indoor healthy environment that also provides oxygen and light to the humans working and moving through the space. The sound of water trickling through the plant containers creates a peaceful, relaxing waterfall. The Koi and Tilapia fish that are part of this project also provide a focus for relaxed viewing.

The plants we are currently growing include lettuces, cilantro, mint, basil, tomatoes, chives, parsley, mizuna, watercress and tatsoi. The Tilapia fish in this work are also edible and are a variety that have been farmed for thousands of years in the Nile delta.