EcoQube: The Best Desktop Aquarium? 15

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Imagine sitting at your desk or cubicle and seeing life around you. Most work spaces are dull and boring. They do not even have a plant to add some color.

With the innovative EcoQube, you get the joy of a stunning desktop aquarium and plants all in one convenient aquatic ecosystem.

The easy to maintain system makes it the ideal solution for work and home.

A Welcome Compact Distraction

Staring at a computer screen all day is mind numbing.

The compact EcoQube is small enough to fit on your desk and offers a welcome distraction from the daily monotony.


Giving your mind a small break to stare at the peaceful aquatic world helps you relax and refocus so you work better.

You get the benefits of a potted plant and fish without taking up too much space.

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Reconnecting With The Environment

The two founders, Kevin Liang and Eric Suen, began working on the EcoQube when they were in high school. They have now created their own company called Aqua Design Innovations.


Their goal was to help people reconnect with the environment. The aquarium is a small start, but the technology behind it is what makes the tank truly innovative.

The beautiful, yet simple desktop aquarium uses aquaponics to maintain the tank and grow plants at the same time.

The food production method is used to grow fish and food together while using less space. Food grows up to 50% faster and uses 90% less water.

The team at ADI designed the EcoQube as a way to bring this technology to more people and bring aquaponics front and center. When more people are aware, agriculture can change for the better so fewer people go without food or fresh water.

Self-Sustaining System

Many people avoid aquariums because they are difficult to care for. Algae builds up and requires you to chase fish around, transferring to a spare tank so you can clean the main tank.

It is time consuming and messy.

The EcoQube is different.

It uses a self-sustaining cycle that drastically reduces the amount of work it takes to maintain.


How The EcoQube Works

The aquarium works in a constant three step cycle:

  1. Fish eat and leave behind ammonia-rich waste. Ammonia is then broken down into nitrates by bacteria in the water.
  2. A plant medium filters the water. The plant takes in nutritious nitrates for growth.
  3. Clean water is returned to the aquarium.

The main tasks you will be responsible for are feeding your fish and maintaining the water level. These two tasks only take a few minutes at most.


4 Simple Parts of the EcoQube Desktop Aquarium

The tank itself is made up of four simple components:-

  1. The LED light sits above the plant to provide the necessary light the plant needs to grow. It also lights up the aquarium.
  2. An LED UV sterilizer light aids in the removal of bacteria in the tank from over feeding fish or from introducing new fish.
  3. The aquaponics filter sits directly below the plant and filters water between the plant and tank.
  4. The final components are the aquarium and its base.

The overall design is simple, yet innovative.

The filter is designed to never need replacing. The small two inch filter pumps 100 gallons per hour. This keeps water fresh.

Combined with the UV LED, water remains clear and algae free. With very little maintenance, the tank stays clean and fish happy.

The Successful Kickstarter Campaign

The ADI team turned their EcoQube into a reality through a successful Kickstarter campaign. It began at the end of November, 2013. The campaign results were more than double the original goal of $39,000. The campaign ended in mid January, 2014.


Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Some early adopters were able to get the first EcoQubes. The aquarium is now officially for sale along with all the common components you need to fill and care for your tank.

The EcoQube In Use

Aqua Design Innovations recommends using either basil or mint for your plant. During testing, these two plants worked best.


Adding aquatic plants and driftwood inside the tank allows for optimal filtration. ADI offers anubias leaves and aquatic java ferns along with aquatic plant soil and driftwood to get your ecosystem started.

Let us take a look at how easy it is to set up and maintain the EcoQube:-

1. Setting Up Your EcoQube

Setting up the EcoQube is quick, simple and requires not additional tools.

Here’s a quick video on how to easily setup your EcoQube:-

Here’s a rundown of the setting up process:-

  1. Start by removing all the components from the box.
  2. Add the Aquaponics Filter along the long side of the aquarium.
  3. Then add the grow soil/sand and place any decorative elements such as the driftwood or rocks.
  4. Fill the tank with conditioned water (designed with the health of your fish and plants in mind) by pouring it through the filter. Slowly….
  5. Insert your plant pot with seeds into the filter. (Remember to have the ADI logo facing forward)
  6. Connect and plug-in the LED light to help the plant grow.

Leave the white light on for approximately six hours per day. The ecosystem should mature in about three weeks. When the system is ready, introduce a few fish.

2. Maintaining Your EcoQube

The EcoQube is designed to be as low maintenance as possible, but this doesn’t mean that it will miraculously take care of itself.

It does require some maintenance work to achieve optimal results. But fret not, it’s much less messier and doesn’t take much as much time as a traditional freshwater aquarium.

Typical maintenance should only take less than 10 minutes every week.

Here are some tips on maintaining your EcoQube:-

In a nutshell, here are the things you need to always remember:-

  • The tank is small and ADI recommends limiting the number to five. Cloud minnows and zebra danios are ideal for starters.
  • Let the tank mature (after 3 weeks) before introducing fish.
  • Maintain your tank by feeding fish a small amount once or twice a day.
  • Unplug the filter first before lowering the water levels.
  • Do a water change once per week using conditioned water.
  • Easily clean a clogged filter by rinsing the filter sponge in conditioned water. Filter
  • Raise the LED light to accommodate plant growth.

No Cleaning, No Replacements

With proper care, the EcoCube should never need cleaning or even have the filter replaced. It has been designed for lifetime use.

It is the ideal solution for anyone wanting an easy to care for aquarium that is also good for the environment. Even kids could maintain the aquarium easily.

Everything you need to start your own EcoCube and maintain it are available from ADI (see below). Use the tank to add life to bland work spaces or dark corners of your home.


You will love watching fish play in a more natural environment, especially when the tank is not clouded with algae and you do no have to clean it.

Think of the EcoCube as an affordable way to bring a small part of nature into your cubicle, office or home.

Where To Buy The EcoQube?

The EcoQube desktop aquarium is currently available directly from the manufacturers, Aqua Design Innovations (ADI).

The Standard EcoQube retails for $238.00 only, which includes the following:-

  • High Clarity A-Grade 2-Gallon Acrylic Aquarium
  • Aquaponics Filter with Basil
  • Full Spectrum LED Light
  • Natural Fish Food
  • Natural Water Conditioner

You can also purchase all the items you need to stock your EcoQube directly from ADI including:-

  • Plants (Java Fern, Anubias, etc)
  • Livestock (Betta fish, Zebra Danios, etc)
  • Hardscape (Driftwood, Stones, etc)
  • And Other Accessories (Compact UV Sterilizer, LED Timer, etc)

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What Others Are Saying?

Here are some of the things experts in the field of aquariums and aquaponics have to say:-

I’ve never seen a product that’s as detailed oriented and figured out as well as the filter on the EcoQube..It’s a fantastic organic way to keep your water clean. Ike Eigenbrode, Chief Operations Officer - Current USA & Ecoxotic
The EcoQube is really a condensed ecosystem and will do most of of the things for us. Kevin Gorham, Manager - Solution Farms

What's Your Take On The EcoQube?

What are your thoughts on the EcoQube desktop aquarium?

Share it with us in the comments section below.

About Dennis Hanson

Dennis is an experienced aquarist with many years of knowledge and experience in keeping successful tanks. He also has no relations to the pop group Hanson.

15 thoughts on “EcoQube: The Best Desktop Aquarium?

  1. Reply WaywardLoki Feb 14,2015 6:21 pm

    Aquaponics systems are wonderful setups to own and maintain, however this system is not only grossly overpriced, but it is unsustainable for any type of aquatic life. Even betta fish require 2.5 gallons of space in order to thrive, and in the advertised setup you have, the tank is so full with decorations the fish would have no swimming space. If this tank was twice the size, the price would be reasonable and livable for fish.

    • Reply William Mar 7,2015 5:20 pm

      The small bettas can survive decently in 2 gallons, unless you’re talking the large size ones like channoides. A few alternatives that are small enough to thrive would be like cherry shrimps, guppies and apple snails. I’m pretty sure they will come up with a bigger tank option in time to come.

  2. Reply Kyle Glenn Mar 7,2015 5:17 pm

    I change my aquarium water every week. It’s quite a chore having to set up the gravel vacuum, extract the algae, filter the water, etc. In fact, I forget about it on occasions too. Eradicating all that hassle is definitely a huge benefit for the busy owners like myself!

  3. Reply Marlene Mar 8,2015 7:31 am

    Reminds me of the fish that “cleans up” the bottom of the tank… that bottom tank feeder. I like their idea of adding a plant to utilize the waste nitrates. The aquaponic plant sitting on the top is practically a world tree that maintains the health of the entire aqua environment. Quite simple but ingenius.

  4. Reply Katrina Mar 9,2015 7:22 am

    My colleague brought his Eco Cube aquarium into the company’s office to sort of share the joy. I love to stare at it whenever I brainstorm for ideas. It somehow gives me inspiration while I immerse myself in its serenity.

    I do look odd standing there gazing in the midst of my work, my colleagues even laugh at me; but hey, I get the job well done.

  5. Reply Katy Kovar Mar 9,2015 7:25 am

    Looks kinda like a fantasy world in that tiny box, full of live and energy. It would sit well in my living room, where my friends and I can gaze at as we endlessly chatter.

  6. Reply Brian Fellos Jul 7,2015 6:05 pm

    Agreed with Wayward Loki, this is not suitable for fish life at all. Maybe a couple snails or shrimp or simply plant life. As former “fish enthusiasts” you should absolutely know better than to do this. It is cruel to the animals.

  7. Reply Brian Fellows Jul 8,2015 3:07 pm

    THIS IS THE BEST TANK EVER! If you only have a snail and some plants.

    This is not acceptable for fish, especially multiple fish. It’s disappointing. As people who clearly have experience in aquariums and fish stores, it seems obvious that you know this and simply do not care. All about the money, no thought to the animals. Simply terrible.

  8. Reply LoveMahFish! Jul 12,2015 1:19 pm

    I’d get this if it were bigger. I think the only animals you could house in there would be like 1 snail or a few shrimp.

    I’d never put a fish in here. I don’t think you should be advertising it for that, either. That’s like living in a small bathroom for your entire life.

    Plus you’re hinting that it cleans itself. It might remove ammonia but if the owner isn’t cleaning out the gravel every week, they will have a ton of problems with PH swings.

  9. Reply Richard Mar 23,2016 1:52 pm

    I bought an EcoCube C and after 5 weeks it went in the garbage. The filter gets plugged every 2 or 3 days, the plastic got warped so the lid didn’t stay on, the plant medium melted away… and the list goes on and on…

    This was the only kickstarter item that I’ve bought which failed miserably….

  10. Reply Eddy May 10,2016 11:36 pm

    I have the Ecoqube working for 5 months.
    1-The ecosystem really works: I didn’t chande the water in 5 months.
    2- Fishes like the media. Even in that six¡ze of aquarium, i have 2 shrimps, 1 snail, 1 guppy and 2 nano guppys, and they live very well
    1-Low quality materials. The cover plastic and the upside acrilic plastic are bending. The leds stopped working, but I got a replacement free of charge
    Conclusion: The quality could be better, but the system works flawessly. I will create my own system in an 4 gallons aquarium in the next days

  11. Reply joe Jun 9,2016 12:43 am

    ecocube c is effing garbage. I’m so mad that i was lied to and bought this.

  12. Reply Team ADI Aug 9,2016 11:48 pm

    Hi Home Aquaria!

    We love this article, and wanted to thank you again for the effort you’ve put into it! The community response has been overwhelming, and we’re happy to carry on the conversation.

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