Floating Fish Tank Garden

I think if I had a Benjamin Graindorge and Duende Studio designed  Floating Garden, I might actually allow my kids to have fish pets.

How great is this 100% natural water filtration system for aquariums based on hydroponics?  Using the same science as Eco-pools, and natural systems in real ponds, the plants sit in a cushion of sand above the aquarium that naturally filters and cleans the water.  The result is a cross between a decorative glass vase and a water purifying plant.

floating garden fish tank garden

found via Ian Claridge

The floating garden uses two techniques for eliminating nitrate wastes voided by fish; Gravel-bed filtration which uses the sand bed to trap suspended waste and aquaponics whereby the roots extract nitrates to sustain plant growth, leaving the water returning to the tank pure.

floating garden

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Jenn on February 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    What is the source for that short papyrus?
    (Or did they do what I think they did and stuck cuttings in at the ‘right’ proportions?

  2. Helene Gebauer Slaven on February 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    very cool 🙂

  3. The Octopus Gallery on February 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    It’s quite lovely! Did you manage to find anyone that’s selling it? Google isn’t being very helpful right now.

    Also, you may want to look at what people are doing with planted aquariums these days. Same basic idea, only with completely aquatic plants. Probably more expensive and more fiddly on the upkeep than a system like this, but they are really beautiful. The Aquatic Gardener Association has some awesome stuff.

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