Infinity Design was engaged to assist Aquaponicals with developing their idea for bringing aquaponics into the home, classroom and office. The Aquaponicals system has been designed to act as an eco-system comprising of plants that are suited to indoor conditions, living in a symbiotic relationship with 2-3 small aquarium fish. A feature of the Aquaponicals system is that it contains an auto-siphon which causes the Grow Bed containing the grow media and plants to constantly fill and drain. This action provides an ideal environment for plants to grow and due to the unique design of the system it also oxygenates the water.
There was lots of back and forth between Infinity and the client during the design, particularly with tuning the auto-siphon feature – there were many hours spent playing with different containers and hoses to get it right and robust enough to be produced as a mass manufactured product.
The Aquaponicals system is comprised of 3 custom moulded tanks; The Grow Bed and Base are opaque and available in either black or white, whist the crystal clear Fish Tank is the hero of the design. Water circulates through the aquaponics system by first being pumped from the Base up into the Grow Bed (via the Water Pipe incorporated into the Fish Tank) with water entering the Grow Bed through the Water Inlet. The Grow Bed gradually fills with water until it reaches a level whereby the auto-siphon contained in the Grow Bed trips and then drains all of the water in the Grow Bed into the Fish Tank – at which point the siphon process stops and the Grow Bed begins to fill with water again.
The water level in the Fish Tank remains constant despite the additional water entering from the Grow Bed due to the Overflow Tube in the rear of the Fish Tank returning surplus water to the Base – with the water level in the Base always sufficient for the Pump to remain positively charged with water. The action of the water being siphoned into the Fish Tank and overflowing into the Base causes oxygenation of system water for both fish and plants.
A feature of the Aquaponicals system is that the Grow Bed can be simply lifted off the Fish Tank and replaced without undoing any plumbing due to the Water Pipe in the Fish Tank fitting snugly to the underside of the Water Inlet incorporated into the Grow Bed with the aid of the Gasket.
The Feeding Tube in the Grow Bed allows for fish feeding without removal of the Grow Bed. An Overflow Collar around the top of the Overflow Tube prevents fish and fish food leaving the Fish Tank which makes this perfect home aquaponics system.
Infinity Design is proud to have been involved in the design of this great Australian invention.