The Blue Green Box holds 4 grow beds which are plastic planters filled with gravel. Water floods the four grow-beds on timed intervals via a programmable timer and small pump (if the roots were constantly flooded they would drown). As this happens, the plants extract the nutrients from the fish waste and the gravel or other inert substrate that the roots are in, get flooded so the roots will not dry out. The flooding of the roots is controlled by my overflow system and submersible pump. While in the on position, the excess water flows out of the overflow gate in the front. The gate guides the water into the aquarium silently, and is oversized to ensure no risk of clogging or flooding. The downside is that it is not recommended to eat the plants produced in , as the aquarium chemicals might not be so healthy for humans. However, it does make a beautiful planter at home or the office! And as a caveat, if you’re not using chemicals in your fish tank, you *should* be able to eat the plants you grow…de Melo is just urging caution probably because his lawyer said so. But certainly you can grow some houseplants that remove toxins !
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