The Aquapioneers Do It Yourself (DIY) Kit can turn a 54-liter (60x30x30 cm) aquarium into an aquaponic ecosystem. We design this version to have the simplest setup possible. Easy to assemble, it snaps together in just minutes without screws or glues.

At the intersection of hardware and ecology,  it will allow you to grow fresh and tasty food all year round. This little piece of nature, will engage and inspire you, your family and your friends.

What makes the Aquapioneers DIY Kit different from other aquaponics kits, is its open source design (creative license CC-BY-NC 4.0) that has been thought to be manufactured by maker labs – specifically Fab Labs, a network of more than 1,100 maker spaces around the world.

Aquapioneers DIY Kit


The DIY kit includes The DIY kit doesn’t include
The wooden pieces Clay pebble
LED for Growbed & Aquarium Aquarium accessories
Plumbing parts (PVC pipes, tubes, valves, water & air pump) Aquarium decoration
Aquarium Water quality tests
Electric components Fish
User construction & operation manual Plants


How does it work ?

The Ecosystem uses a natural process called Aquaponics, which harnesses the relationships between beneficial microorganisms, fish, and plants to grow fresh & delicious produce. The fish process the food they receive and produce ammonia-rich waste. Microorganisms convert the ammonia into nitrates (organic plant fertilizer), simultaneously supplying the plants with nutrients and the fish with clean water!

As a result of this natural process, you won’t have to clean the tank again, or worry about the freshness of your food!

Size & weight

Without water the system weight more or less 25 kg.

Once the aquarium is filled up and the growbed full of clay pebble the entire system will weight around 100kg.

Low consumption LED

The Ecosystem’s LEDs will allow you to grow your favorite aromatics all year round.

This LED just use the right light spectrum to activate the photosynthesis while providing a reduction of up to 80% in energy consumption compared to a traditional growing light. For more information check our provider detailed description.

The lights can also be vertically adjusted to the height of your plants to maximize their growing efficiency.

Integrated Storage

The storage area offers space for the accessories you need (e.g. seed packets, fish food, nutrient supplements, water quality tests, etc)

Construction manual
user manual

The construction manual has been divided into three blocks to ease its construction, assembly, and use.

Operation Manual

Because an aquaponic ecosystem is not a chair, but a living organism, you will have to take care of it. Like we should do with Nature actually 🙂

We are aware that for most of you, it will be your first aquaponic experience, that’s why we have prepared the “maintenance and operation” manual.

Made with love in Barcelona

Beyond the open source nature of our design, we value the importance to foster a more resilient local economy and try to decrease as much as possible our carbon footprint. That’s why we decided to get our kits production right where we sell them, here in Barcelona.


This option is for everyone who simply wants to buy the elements of the DIY Kit and build it at home like an “IKEA” furniture following the user manual. This option ensures that every single component comes from our approved providers.

*Only available in Cataluña for now

This option is for “the Maker” who want to take the DIY digital fabrication files, go to a maker lab, cut/ sand/varnish the wooden pieces by himself and source the other components from its local providers.