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Best Aquaponic Grow Kits for Home Gardeners

Written by Joseph Biggs and updated on October 7, 2017
Aquaponic Grow Kits

Aquaponic farming has become very popular over the past few years, and not just with farmers, either. Various individuals, governments, missionaries, and teachers have been turning to the world of aquaponics as a way of growing natural and sustainable food all year round. The problem is that not everyone has room to grow an entire garden of crops in their yard.

And, that’s where aquaponics kits come in. These grow kits make it possible for those with very little or even no yard to have their very own mini garden within the comfort of their own home. How cool is that?!  

The following article should give you a much better insight into what aquaponics actually is. It will explain what it’s like to farm in this manner and run through some of the main benefits there are to using a kit. To help you decide which kit is best for you we’ve also put together a section about what to look for when you’re ready to buy one. As well as a few common FAQs to help put your mind at ease. 

In the final section of the article, we’ll give you a brief rundown of the some of the best selling kits available to buy at the moment. We’ll give you the facts about what they offer and our opinion as to whether they perform as they should!

What is Aquaponics Exactly?

Aquaponics takes the practice of aquaculture (growing fish and other aquatic animals) and combines it with that of hydroponics (growing plants without soil). In this kind of system, the nutrient-rich water from raising fish provides the plants with a natural fertilizer. In return, the plants help to purify the fish’s water.

The way it works is like this: as your little swimmers move about in the water they create waste. That waste is sucked out of the tank along with some water through via a pump. This water is then used to feed the plants. Once the water has filtrated its way through the plants, the water is cleaned and returned to the tank for the cycle to happen all over again.   

What Benefits are There to Using an Aquaponics Kit?

There are many great benefits to using an aquaponics kit. Here’s a few of them:

  • Space saver. Plants can be placed much closer together when using an aquaponics system. The reason for this is because the roots are always submerged in nutrient-rich water, there’s no overcrowding. All the plants get as much food as they need when they need it. 

  • Easy to use. This is probably one of the biggest selling points. Aquaponics kits are so easy to use for many reasons. Firstly, because there’s no soil, there’s no weeding required. Secondly, no watering is needed as the system constantly recycles the water from the fish tank.

  • Save money. Using an aquaponics system at home enables you to grow more vegetables in a smaller space, therefore saving you money.

  • Grow plants quicker. When plants have access to nutrients 24 hours a day they grow much faster. Just as an example, a lettuce grown under soil usually takes around 2 months to mature, but when grown under an aquaponics system it’s about half that time. 

  • Healthier eating. Growing your vegetables in an aquaponics system is one of the best ways to produce your own food as it’s organic and it’s sustainable. A lot of food sold commercially today contains chemicals that are bad for our health. Using an aquaponics system to grow your own vegetables takes that risk away.

  • Sustainable. One of the best things about aquaponics farming is that it’s sustainable, meaning you can maintain a consistent level of production without using up the world’s natural resources or upsetting the ecological balance of the world.    

What to Consider when Buying Aquaponics Kit?

Now you know how good these systems are, we bet you can’t wait to get your hands on one. But, before you go rushing out to buy the first aquaponics kit you can get your hands on, first, take a moment to consider the following:


The first thing you should think about is how much space you have available and therefore what size tank you can have. You should also consider what it is you want to grow as not all vegetables thrive using this system. Root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots need to be able to dig their roots into the soil in order to grow and, therefore, are not really suitable for aquaponics. 

You should also consider the weight capacity at this point too because water is heavy! It’s all good and well having room upstairs to fit a massive tank, but if the floor isn’t strong enough to support all the weight from the water, you’re going to be in deep water (literally)!


The amount of lighting you’ll need for your setup will depend on the size of the crop you’re growing. If you’re only growing a handful of plants you won’t need a whole lot of light. If however, you’re looking to harvest several kilos of fish and crops then you’ll need a bigger light source (or two).

Easy to clean 

While it’s true aquaponics systems require far less maintenance than any other kind of growing system, they still need to be cleaned regularly. So when buying an aquaponics system make sure it’s one that’s easy to take apart and clean when necessary.

Glass thickness 

As mentioned previously, water is heavy, so the thicker the glass, the less chance of it cracking or breaking under pressure. However, just be aware that the thicker the glass, the heavier it will be.


This is a must when growing edibles. These systems are put under a lot of stress, and the last thing you want is for nasty chemicals to leak out from the tank and contaminate your crops. One way to get around this issue is to use food-grade plastic tanks instead.


Although the initial set up of your aquaponics system may set you back a few hundred dollars, just remember it is an investment. And, it’s a pretty safe one too. Unless you do something catastrophically wrong, growing your own vegetables at home will save you a fortune. Your crops will be healthier and produce better yields and you won’t be paying any extra for packaging, delivery or storage costs that are added on at the supermarket.


This 10-gallon add-on kit from AquaSports is the perfect way to transform your fish tank into a self-sustaining aquaponics system. You can grow anything from herbs to veg, to decorative plants in this tank, and, you can do it all year round! At 20” x 10” x 12” it’s small enough to fit on top of a countertop or table, yet big enough to grow a decent amount of food.   

AquaSprouts Garden

As well as getting to grow your own organic food, the aquaponics system can also be very handy to use as a teaching tool to see just how the environment works. The kit includes pretty much everything you need (other than the tank and fish). It comes with a light bar, pump and timer, grow media, and a complete step-by-step guide on how to best setup and maintain your aquaponics system. And, it’s fitted with adjustable drain extenders which helps to quieten the sound of the water flow.

My only slight gripe is that it does get dirty quite quickly and so frequent cleaning is needed. Other than that, it’s a great product!

  • Great teaching aid
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    Easy to set up
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    Excellent price
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    Quieter than many other systems
  • Must already have a 10-gallon tank
  • Requires frequent cleaning

The Springworks Microfarm Aquaponic Garden is a fine example of an add-on aquaponics system. Created by some of the best experts in the industry, this system is very well made and will work with any standard 10-gallon tank. 

Springworks Microfarm Aquaponic Garden

What I love about this system is how simple it is to set up and how easy it is to maintain. The parts are made to a high standard so everything fits together nicely and at the end, you have a very sturdy and durable product. 

All-in-all, it’s not a bad little system. It’s high-quality, hassle-free to set up; and is small enough to fit pretty much anywhere. And, you even get free non-GMO basil and oregano seeds, which is a bonus! The downsides are there’s no light, tank, or tank substrate included in this kit either, so you will need to purchase these separately. 

  • Durable
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    Easy to set up
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    Low maintenance
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    Free seeds to get you started
  • Light not included
  • Tank and tank substrate not included

Grow your herbs and vegetables up to 25% faster, using 90% less water with the ECOLIFE Conservation ECO-Cycle Aquaponics System. If you’ve ever wanted a quick and easy way to grow your own food but never really had much space outside, this is the perfect solution. 

Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade

Everything you need to get growing is included in this kit, except for the tank (and fish of course). There’s a built-in timer, LED lights, a remote control, and a clear set of instructions to make sure you get off to the right start.  And, it’s super simple to use. You feed the fish, the fish feed the plants, and the plants help keep the water nice and clean.

What makes this tank so cool (in my opinion) is that it comes with programmable LED lights that allow your plants to grow much faster using less energy. It will work with any 20-gallon tank and is one of the best-looking systems I’ve seen.  

  • Easy to use
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    Fast set up
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    Comes with LED lights
  • Tank not included
  • A little on the expensive side

Available in a sleek black (or a brilliant white for a little more $), the Brio 43368 Aquaponics system is class in a glass. Yes, it’s one of the more expensive systems out there, but it’s also one of the most sophisticated in both looks and functionality. It’s equipped with an advanced lighting system that produces specific color spectrums to promote optimal growth and a waterfall to provide aeration in the water.

Brio Brio35 Aquaponics Sytem, Black

And, although it looks like quite a complicated setup, with the garden on the right and the fish tank on the left, it really isn’t. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and it works really well when in use. Overall, it’s a really good aquaponics system that’s easy to use and produces good results making it ideal for those new to the world of farming. It’s also very good when it comes to self-cleaning with very little maintenance needed.

The only real problem I have with this unit is that it is a little expensive. That being said, it is a sound investment and you will reap back the reward over time by saving money on your fresh herbs and vegetables.   

  • Sophisticated design
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    Advanced lighting system
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    Waterfall ensures adequate aeration
  • Expensive

At 15” x 13” x 12”, the Fin to Flower Aquaponics Aquarium is a fairly small aquaponics system that holds just 4 x 3-inch pots. With a 5-gallon capacity, it’s small enough to place just about anywhere. The problem with that is being so small, you’re hardly going to get much out of it. It’s also quite expensive.

Fin to Flower Aquaponics Aquarium - Midsize System B (Black)

Everything you need to start growing is in the package including a tank, grow pots and media, water pump, and filter. There’s no grow light, but this considered to be an optional extra. Another benefit is that the manufacturer’s do offer a lifetime warranty for both materials and workmanship. And, unlike most other kits, it also comes with the tank included. 

Personally, I feel that the Fin to Flower Aquaponics Aquarium is more of an expensive gimmick to learn about aquaponics but is pretty useless for anyone wanting a half decent yield.

  • Lifetime warranty