The Vegua makes use of aquaponics, a combination between aquaculture and hydroponics. Bacteria in the system convert the fish waste (ammonia) into nitrates. In high concentration these nitrates are toxic for the fish. However, they are amazing nutrients for the plants. The plants continuously absorb the nitrates. This has as result fast growing plants and clean water for your fish.
The aquaponics system in the Vegua makes use of a continuous flow system. This means that an internal filter pump transports water continuously in the tray that is full of Growstones. The amount of water is just enough to get the stones wet, so the bacteria can convert waste to nutrition and the roots of the plants have enough oxygen.
The design of the Vegua is made in such a way that the fish have a reference point and stay oriented. The curve that covers the ‘bowl’ partially, can be used as reference point so that they will not get dizzy swimming rounds and rounds. On top of that, the curve also provides a place for the fish to hide whenever they want to.
You can best place the Vegua in the kitchen or living room. Make sure there is enough daylight. However, do not place the Vegua in direct sunlight since this can cause algae. The ‘curve’ can best be placed towards the sunlight to minimize direct sunlight on the ‘fishbowl’.
Small ornamental fish like guppies, angelfish, tetras and mollies fit perfectly in the Vegua.
You can feed the fish by opening the lid on top of the Vegua which covers a hole to the ‘fishbowl’.
There is plenty of oxygen in the water for your fish. This is caused by the water that falls down from the plant tray into the fishbowl. This results in a moving water surface allowing new oxygen to mix with the water.
Many different kinds of herbs, small vegetables and fruits can be grown in the Vegua. Most easy to grow are kale, basil, any leafy lettuce, watercress, mint and chives. Plants that have higher nutritional demands and therefore require a bit more time are for instance tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peppers and berries. An overview of plants can be found on the Specifications page.
The Vegua requires less cleaning and maintenance in comparison to a regular fishbowl. However, cleaning the Vegua will be necessary more or less once a month depending your choice of fish, plants and place. You can easily clean the Vegua by removing the upper tray.
Yes. Just like a regular fishbowl you can place water plants in the bowl. Entertain your fish as you want to by adding different kinds of water plants or a big castle.
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