DIY Aquaponics: 5 Best Self-Watering Organic Aquaponic Garden Kits

Raise fresh produce and fish in the comfort of your own home, patio, or backyard — without worrying about under or overwatering your plants. With aquaponics, you can easily nurture beans, veggies, leafy greens, herbs, flowers, roses, other delicious crops, even decorative plants. Through the recycling process, fish waste is converted into fertilizer for the plants and plant roots clean the water for your fish! Ain’t it beautiful? 

Here’s a free, easy guide on how to build a home-sized DIY aquaponic system from scratch for under $170.

If you are just getting started out and prefer the “plug-and-go” to the DIY route, consider purchasing one of these top rated aquaponics kits. The garden kits below make it easy for you to jump into aquaponics without any prior experience or knowledge about aquaponic gardening — a sustainable way to create a tiny food forest right at home!

Top 5 Aquaponics Kits on the Market

#1 EcoLife Aquaponics Kit ($250)

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ECOLIFE Aquaponics Kit
Why we love this kit the most?

Simple and attractive, especially for those with an existing fish tank. Easy to convert any standard 20-gallon aquarium into a productive organic garden. Includes a grow tray with a pot-holder, filter cover, and door, a pre-filter sponge, a bio-filter brick, 13 net pots, expanded clay pellets, 1/2” fill fitting, 3/4” drain fitting, micro-jet water pump, 12” pump hose, built-in 7 watt bring LED tank light, LED on/off switch, double 24” high-output T5 fluorescent grow light fixture, and an adjustable grow light hanging assembly. Definitely the best deal out there for a small indoor aquaponics garden.

#2 Back to the Roots Aqua Farm ($59.99)

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“Our mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.” NIKHIL ARORA & ALEJANDRO VELEZ (Back to the Roots)

This tiny desktop kit, designed by two hot Berkeley grads, is the perfect way for anyone to jump right into aquaponics, even with little or no previous experience or knowledge about how the system even works. Just plug it in, add some fish and seeds, then sit back and watch as things grow. Fits nicely in your kitchen, office, classroom, and more. Self-cleaning 3 gallon fish tank. Fish waste from the tank feed the plants above. Includes everything you need to get started as well as organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish. Product Dimensions: 8 x 12.5 x 13.8 inches. Shipping Weight: 9.2 pounds.

 #3 Springworks Microfarm Aquaponic Garden ($199)

Best easy to use home aquaponics kit
Springworks Microfarm Aquaponic Garden

The Springworks Microfarm is an innovative gardening tool that is placed on top of a standard 10-gallon aquarium to turn it into an indoor garden that fits perfectly with any home style. This is a smaller version of #1 above, which is reflected in a lower price. The system is easy to set up, very attractive, and extremely low maintenance.

This Springworks aquaponics kit comes with organic basil and oregano seeds, but many other greens can be grown as well. A light is included so you can grow any time of the year by just planting seeds and feeding your fish. Fish give the plants nutrients and plants clean the water. Made in the USA – created by operators of one of the largest commercial aquaponic systems in the country

#4 Mr. Stacky Stacking Pots Tower ($299.99)

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This aquaponics kit is cool because it is reasonably priced, attractively designed, and scalable — works great as a stand-alone balcony or indoor aqua planter, backyard aquaponics garden, even for a large-scale rooftop farm! Kit Includes: (9) Mr. Stacky Pots (4 planting locations per pot) (1) Decorative 22.5″ half whiskey barrel (17.5 gallon tank) (1) Submersible Pump (1) 4-Way Water Distributor with filter (2) Assembled Water Distribution Rings (every pot is reached) (2) Conecting Microtubes to Water Distribution Rings (1) 48″ Treaded Pipe (Screws directly into pump) (1) Timer.

We also love that you can also buy additional Mr. Stacky individual stacking vertical gardening pots to easily add to your existing loop or help you get started quick and easy!

#5 AquaBundance Aquaponics Kit System ($1295.95)

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To be completely honest, you can build this type of DIY looking system with the same amount of grow space for 1/3 the price. Or better yet, build one of our unique scalable DIY designs — using either recycled glass bottles or rain gutters.

But if you’d rather buy a nice-sized system out of the box, this kit will get you growing in no time. It’s structure fits nicely through all exterior doorways. Handles and castors on the table, fish tank, and grow bed for easy lifting and transporting. Very durable construction.

Durable 1/4″ thick, UV-protected, food-safe PE plastic. 1 1/2″, 14-gauge, powder-coated square steel tubing. Black, furniture-grade PVC upholds outdoor heat. Made in the USA. The Grow Bed – 7.5 cubic feet of plant growing space. Extra thick 1/4″ food safe, UV protected PE plastic. 12″ deep, 44″ long by 28″ wide. The Self-Aerating Fish Tank Extra thick 1/4″ food safe, UV protected PE plastic, 43″ long by 22″ wide, supporting approximately 60 gallons of water. Includes a 400 gallon per hour, 45 watt pump. Includes black, furniture grade PVC plumbing and fittings, with aeration holes for extra oxygenation in the fish tank. Includes 3/4″ flexible vinyl black tubing to connect to the grow bed fittings with extra length so the tank can either be directly under the bed or not. Digital tank thermometer. 400 GPH Pump. Timer. API Master Test Kit. Small Fish-less Cycling Kit. Also includes an “Aquaponics Explained” video.

Do you have a favorite AP kit? Let me know how it grows below.

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