Holiday Gift Idea: AquaFarm / $50 UncommonGoods GIVEAWAY 12.17.13

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In my last post for UncommonGoods, I promised a closer look at the AquaFarm (get it here). Well, we finally have it all set up, so let’s take a closer look shall we?

The AquaFarm is a sustainable ecosystem that uses aquaponics to grow plants and provide a clean environment for fish. The plants thrive on fish waste and the plants help keep the water clean. Score! The AquaFarm includes all of the essentials needed for a revolutionary countertop garden including organic seeds, a chemical free dechlorinator, pump, gravel, a sampling packet of fish food, and a 99 cent betta fish coupon.

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Since the nearest Petco is 30 minutes away, we picked up a betta as well as a live plant at a small shop in town. Setup was a breeze, but we had to provide some of our own supplies. The kit didn’t come with enough gravel to line the bottom of the tank. I found that weird to say the least. Luckily, we had some blue gravel on hand. We also dug up a decorative star to display in the tank. The pump that came with the AquaFarm is a temporary pump and turning it off at night is recommended. We had another pump on hand, so we didn’t bother with the temp.

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Our betta seems to be flourishing in his new home. Right now, he’s on our kitchen counter. I’d like to move him to the office where the wheat grass, basil, and water plant will get plenty of sunlight. We’re purchasing a small aquarium heater first, as it can get nippy in the office. The AquaFarm would make a pretty nifty gift this holiday season. Just be prepared to supplement a few supplies. Consider purchasing from UncommonGoods as they are just as charitable as they are quirky.

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Giveaway ends December 17, 2013 at 12AM CST. Products and prize featured in this post were provided by the folks at UncommonGoods. Just thought you should know.

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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

44 Comments

  • Reply December 16, 2013

    Annette

    I’m excited about the major scale musical wine glasses – set of 2.

  • Reply December 16, 2013

    Annette

    I’d choose to support City Harvest.

  • Reply December 16, 2013

    HilLesha

    I love the agate coasters.

  • Reply December 16, 2013

    HilLesha

    I’d support City Harvest.

  • Reply December 15, 2013

    Linda Trinklein

    The floating mug looks awesome!!
    http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/floating-mug

  • Reply December 15, 2013

    Linda Trinklein

    I would support Rainn http://www.rainn.org/ !!!

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Howell

    I like the Math Glasses.

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Howell

    I would choose the City Harvest.

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Eugenie

    I think that the unzipped glass zipper bag is cute.

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Eugenie

    I would choose the American Forests charity.

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Ashley H

    I like the jewelry tree.

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Sharon

    i like the raw stone necklaces

  • Reply December 14, 2013

    Sharon

    City Harvest

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    meredith

    I would support the City Harvest charity

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    meredith

    I really like the aqua farm!

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    Betty

    I love the Beard Pack – for the guy who has everything including a beard.

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    Betty

    I would support City Harvest – Sometimes it is mindboggling that such hunger solutions have not been utilized. It is sad that waste is tolerated when we have families going hungry so close by

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    Patti Hess

    Gummy Bear Lights look cool

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    Patti Hess

    Women for Women is the Charity I would support while shopping

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Kimberly

    I’d get the periodic table building blocks for my daughter.

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Betty Baez

    I like the warm and cool face mugs!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Betty Baez

    I would choose City Harvest charity!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Lauren E.

    the little red riding hood blanket

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    latanya

    silk patchwork sari scarf

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Deborah Mireles

    I like the chalkboard placemats

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Deborah Mireles

    I would choose RAINN

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Emilie

    i’d choose to support american forests, our planets needs some extra love!

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Emilie

    I think their beard pack is genus, I might get one for my boyfriend so he doesn’t scratch my face off every time we kiss ;)

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Nancy

    One of their items that I like is the Silk Sari Scarf.

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Nancy

    The charity I’d like to support is City Harvest.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Lynda Del

    I’d support RAINN.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Lynda Del

    I really like the whiskey stone set.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Tina

    I’d support RAINN.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Shannon

    The early reader book set!

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Jenn

    Uncommon Goods has a lot of really neat things. I absolutely love the Recycled Desk Pendulum Clock – my seven year old son, who is autistic and fascinated with clocks and the physical mechanics of things – would love this for Christmas! http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/recycled-desk-pendulum-clock

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Jenn

    I love this tank – I have one for my Betta fish, Princeton. Just one thing I’d recommend for yours: a heater! Betta fish thrive in water temperatures ranging between 78 and 84.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, by the way. :) I would support RAINN while shopping at Uncommon Goods.

    • Reply December 11, 2013

      Sheena

      Yes, we’re going with the Hydor MINI HEATER Aquarium Heater. ;-)

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Susan

    I support RAINN and love the amber brewing kit. My husband lives beer

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Krista

    I’d support RAINN.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Miranda Stason

    I would choose to give to the sexual violence charity, there are too many people that need the help that don’t see it from the traditional means. I can’t really say which item I am most excited about because there are so many wonderful things but I am really excited to see they have handmade and recycled items.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Miranda Stason

    My daughter is in her first year of college and she has complained of no pets for a while now and I have been considering a betta tank. This one seems perfect for her dorm room and I think she would love it.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Ashley W

    I am most excited about the Texas chipotle amber beer brewing kit.

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Megan

    Easiest fish tank ever!

  • Reply December 10, 2013

    Ashley W

    I would pick the RAINN charity.

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