EcoQube C, a Nano Aquaponic Aquarium, Unboxed

19 Nov, 2015

The EcoQube C is a nano aquaponic aquarium developed and marketed through a Kickstarter campaign by Aqua Design Innovations (ADI). The acrylic aquarium features built-in filtration, including an aquaponics compartment, which allows for the immersed growth plants that will do well in this aquaponics type setting (Basil or Mint are suggested by ADI).

Sr. Editor Matt Pedersen became a backer of the project out of curiosity, and recently received this EcoQube C as part of ADI’s initial shipment of over 1000 EcoQubes to backers. He sent in these photos showing the packaging and an initial look at this aquarium, which raised $375,058 from 5,434 backers during the campaign.

Cracking open the box; this is how things are packed inside.

Cracking open the box; this is how things are packed inside.

 

Out of the box!

Out of the box!

Ecocube C Box, front

Ecocube C Box, front

Ecocube C Box, panel 2

Ecocube C Box, panel 2

Ecocube C Box, panel 3

Ecocube C Box, panel 3

Ecocube C Box, panel 4

Ecocube C Box, panel 4

First opening...

First opening…

Removing paperwork...

Removing paperwork…

Now you can see the tank inside...

Now you can see the tank inside…

Getting the tank out of the box.

Getting the tank out of the box.

Unboxing...

Unboxing…

Protective side panels and plastic wrap removed, and you can now see the acrylic cube.

Protective side panels and plastic wrap removed, and you can now see the acrylic cube.

Instructions...

Instructions…

The light extends up as the plant grows underneath; the square in the black cover is where plant seeds (mint or basil suggested) are germinate and grow.

The light extends up as the plant grows underneath; the square in the black cover is where plant seeds (mint or basil suggested) are germinate and grow.

A look inside the filtration chamber shows foam filtration and what appears to be activated carbon in a zipper bag.

A look inside the filtration chamber shows foam filtration and what appears to be activated carbon in a zipper bag.

A look at the seed/plant compartment from above.

A look at the seed/plant compartment from above.

The plant compartment viewed from underneath...roots grow out of this pot and down into the filtration compartment.

The plant compartment viewed from underneath…roots grow out of this pot and down into the filtration compartment.

The glass cover won't warp like an acrylic version would.  4 metal feet help create a very precise fit for the lid. However, the use of metal here (and possibly in the zipper bag) could preclude use of this aquarium as a nano marine tank.

The glass cover won’t warp like an acrylic version would. Four metal feet help create a very precise fit for the lid. However, the use of metal here (and possibly in the zipper bag) could preclude use of this aquarium as a nano marine tank.

The LED lighting, off.

The LED lighting, off.

White and RGB LEDs, turned on.

White and RGB LEDs, turned on.

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Reef To Rainforest
Reef To Rainforest

Reef to Rainforest Media, LLC is the publisher of award-winning magazines and books in the fields of aquarium keeping, aquatics, and marine science. It is the English-language publisher of CORAL and AMAZONAS Magazines and is based in Shelburne, Vermont, USA.

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