Introduction: Hydroponic Aquarium | Indoor Hydroponic Gardening

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Hey, how's your 2016? Amazing, right?

Well, I have a great idea to end your amazing 2016. It's about how to make the 2 in 1 hydroponic. First, you grow indoor hydroponically; second, you have an aquarium too. I make this using trash and cheap parts, so the budget for make this stuff is under 5$.

Okay, here we go!

Step 1: You Need

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  • A transparent plastic container with the cover
  • 3 net pots (less or more)
  • Rockwools
  • Plants (leafy vegetables)
  • Aquarium ornaments (sands and/or rocks)
  • Water
  • A cute fish


  • A cutter / Knife
  • A nail (or use the needle of the compass)
  • A compass

Step 2: The Container Lid

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  • Specify the place for the netpots
  • Next, make the circles on the lid of the container. Use the compass. The diameter and the number of the holes depends on your netpot's diameter and your diameter of the container cover.
  • Cut the circles using your cutter. Be careful! Don't cuts any object around you!
  • After you cut a circle, you can try insert the net pots. If the net pots can't insert freely, you just need to make the circle bigger. This will looks like image 5, 6, and 7

Step 3: The Ornaments

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  • First, wash your ornaments
  • Next, I fill the container with the ornaments,like rocks and sand. Not to much, just a 1/4 part or less
  • Fill the container with water

Step 4: Plants

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  • Put the rockwools into the net pots
  • Put the plants into the netpots. Place right in the middle.
  • It will looks like image
  • Next, we need to build this aquarium

Step 5: Lets Build This

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  • After the water clean, put the fish into the container
  • Next, don't forget to make a hole for the fish for take a breath. I use the needle of the compass for make the hole, but you can also use nail or cutter for make the hole
  • Next, put the cover on top of the container
  • Put all the net pots to this container

And voila. There you have it.

Step 6: Watch the Video

Now, you have your own Hydroponic Aquarium. You can place this indoor or outdoor. But i love to place this inside my house, so i can watch the plants grows!

Thanks for look my works

I hope you enjoy this.

Keep support me by voting and like this project.

Thank you so much.


cfiorante (author)2017-01-15

a small bubbler would help you plants grow better by giving your roots lots of air so they dont rot and it will add some extra air for the betta although they breath air the bubbler would still improve the water quality long term

savagemom2 (author)2017-01-05

I'm just learning about this so if this is a really stupid question, forgive me! I know the plants are supposed to get their nutrients from the fish waste. But where does the fish get it's nutrients? You didn't leave any kind of opening to put in any fish food. And do you ever have to change the water? I'm guessing the water would have to be refilled from time to time due to evaporation. I saw a show on PBS that went even further - aquaponics - the fish tank was actually big enough to grow fish to eat and the plants were in several different garden beds and even included perennial vegetables. I would love to be able to do that and grow my own shrimp and lobster!

balsuryana (author)savagemom22017-01-08

well thank you for one more time. :)

balsuryana (author)savagemom22017-01-08

and so I agree that on the bigger tank we can plant more kind of veggies too.

balsuryana (author)savagemom22017-01-08

yes, bigger tank is a better choice. we can grow more kind of water animals, like you said schrim or lobster.

balsuryana (author)savagemom22017-01-08

oh, I don't change the water. just refill it because the water is still pure and clear.

balsuryana (author)savagemom22017-01-08

wow. thank you for asking. I can put the fish food into the container from the 3 lil holes that I made.

that hole is very small i suggest making more holes or make it larger(beta are air breathers too)!!btw r u indonesian?

okay, I think your suggestions is good. But, I also think that the circulation is quite okay because there's also space for breath (holes) on the netpots. yes, I am.

miss softpaw (author)2016-12-27

get a tank, a heater and a filter. it is cruel to keep a betta in such a small space

please say that to yourself!!beta place that i found here in my country(i think i'm living in the same country as this author)is way smaller,less clean!beta don't need heater and filter.They might die if you actually try to give one!Here its hot enough.And filter can suck betta in its current until it tires and die(it happened to me once).Please do some more research b4 you stick up in the comment section with horrible,pathetic even information!

Likeswater (author)miss softpaw2017-01-02

Beta's don't need all the hardware *other* fish need (Beta's are AWESOME!). Just make sure the water is unchlorinated and do a partial water change every 2 weeks or so. The plants will uptake the nutrients and help with filtration and feeding is reduced if fishy can pick at the roots (algae?).

john448471 (author)miss softpaw2016-12-29

Cruel? You are crazy

balsuryana (author)miss softpaw2016-12-27

thanks. i think we can choose the smaller fish to keep it good. thank you.

balsuryana (author)2017-01-02

Now, its more than a week. And this is my hydroponics....
And the Beta is grow fast in this Aquarium.

Thanks for look my works..

Likeswater (author)2017-01-02

I like the net-pot part. I had seen a similar design using a large glass vase and a plastic pot saucer, but this is easier. Do you have a recommendation for plants? The container could be a little larger, 1 - 2L, imo, but the beta's natural habitat is a mud puddle... In any case, thanks for the i'ble!

balsuryana (author)Likeswater2017-01-02

For the plants, i recommend you to grow a green vegetable, like Lettuce. But you can also grow a small fruit plants, like Strawberries. It will be awesome to watch them grows. Thanks for look my works. I hope you like this.

tylerkat (author)2016-12-27

I would highly recommend getting a larger tank for your beta. At least a 1 gallon.

balsuryana (author)tylerkat2016-12-27

yes. I think larger container for beta is highly recommended. thank you

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