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Top Countertop Aquaponic Garden Systems

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Wouldn’t it be cool to have a small aquaponic system producing greens or veggies on your counter? Check out these top countertop aquaponic garden systems!

New To Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a method of gardening that requires no soil or added nutrients. Instead, fish waste is naturally broken down and turned into nutrients the plants can absorb.

While most aquaponic systems are large scale growing edible fish like tilapia, you can actually use many different fish for hydroponics, these smaller aquaponic systems use traditional “pet fish”.

Here Are The Top Countertop Aquaponic Garden Systems


Aquasprouts Garden

The Aquasprouts Garden makes putting together your aquaponics system as easy as setting their garden kit on a standard 10-gallon aquarium.

The size of this system allows you to grow a variety of vegetables at one time while not taking up much space.

The Aquasprouts Garden includes:

  • Aquasprout garden
  • Pump and timer
  • Light bar (no light)
  • Grow media

How Does it Work?

The Aquasprouts Garden  kit runs off a pump set up on a timer that can be set to repeatedly flood the grow bed throughout the day. The clay pebbles filter the water out of the water, allowing a place for bacteria to create the nutrients needed for your plants.

You can place your Aquasprouts Garden next to a window or set up the included light bar to add a grow light to your countertop aquaponic garden.

Guppies or Goldfish


Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System

The ECO-Cycle Aquaponics garden also fits over the top of an aquarium tank, but this system fits a standard 20-gallon aquarium, allowing you to grow more produce, faster.

Setup is a little more than some of the other systems but it’s also the largest on the list, and comes with lighting.

ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Garden system includes:

  • ECO-Cycle Aquaponics garden system
  • 2- 4 setting LED grow light
  • Grow light remote and timer
  • Water pump
  • Air stone and air hose
  • 7 watt LED tank light
  • Grow medium
  • 17 net Pots

How Does it Work?

At the top of the system, plants sit in net pots filled with clay pellets. Nutrient-rich water is pumped into the grow tray where fish waste is filtered from the water and then flows back into the fish tank.

Guppies or Goldfish


Back to the Roots Water Garden

The Back To The Roots Water Garden is great for those looking to dabble in aquaponics or just have a cool decoration that grows some greens.

This aquaponic garden is built for growing microgreens but can also slowly leafy greens. Since there is only room for 1 fish, there will not be enough nutrients created to grow larger vegetables.

This is a larger, commercial version of the homemade Mason Jar aquaponic system, as this system holds about 3.5 gallons of water, more acceptable space for a betta.

The Back To The Roots Water Garden system includes:

  • 3.5 gallon aquarium
  • Microseeds
  • Water pump
  • Grow stones

How Does it Work?

Plants sit in grow stone media at the top of the system. Nutrient-rich water is pumped up to the grow bed, through the grow bed and back into the system. There are 3 different plan sites to grow a variety of microgreens.

Betta Fish


EcoQube Aquaponics System

This EcoQube C Aquarium is the final garden on the countertop aquaponic garden list. This aquaponic garden is something I would consider to be more of a decor aquaponic garden.

This system is meant for 1 small fish and 1 plant. While the picture shows a basil plant growing in the system I would opt more for a decorative plant like flowers or small houseplant.

The EcoQube Aquarium includes:

  • 1.5 gallon aquarium kit with pump
  • Light
  • Plant medium
  • Aquarium cover
  • Mountain and sand decor
  • LED control

How Does it Work?

Water is pumped over the up to the plant’s root system where it flows through the roots and back into the system. In addition to a full spectrum light, there’s also a compact UV lamp that claims to reduce both harmful bacteria and algae growth.

Betta Fish



Having an aquaponics system doesn’t have to be a big endeavor. Whether you’re wanting an indoor aquaponics for decoration, growing microgreens, or vegetables, there’s an aquaponic system everyone!

3 Answers

    1. NoSoilSolutions
      May 16, 2020 at 12:12 am

      The 2 aquaponic garden systems in the article are built for 10-gallon and 20-gallon tanks. Having a 45-gallon tank isn’t a bad thing, it means more fish so more nutrients, which means more/bigger plants. With that said you’re going to have to do some DIY designing. You want to pump the fish water up to your plants, let the water flow through the grow bed and back into the tank. I would build a wooden box and line it with pond liner. If you want some more help with this, shoot me an email at or through the contact page.

  1. Patty
    May 16, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Thank you! I am pretty handy with tools, but That sounds pretty complicated. It sounds like I need to do lots of research before I attempt aqua. Lol

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