If you enjoy keeping fish but don’t enjoy cleaning out the fish tank, you might be interested in a new self cleaning fish tank called Avo that has been designed by Susan Shelley.
The Avo self cleaning fish tank requires no water changes and you never need to clean the filter, providing a fully automatic cleaning environment to help keeping fish a pleasure rather than a pain. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Avo project and see it in action.
The Avo project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise £60,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. Its designers and creator explains a little more.
“Often fish tanks get algae, this usually means that there’s too much light and too many nutrients (nitrate) in the water. Avo’s plant specific LED lighting is automatic, which prevents algae. The light emitted is plant specific, providing the wavelengths that the plants need to photosynthesise and grow, making sure they are cleaning the water efficiently.
Avo’s lighting produces some wavelengths of light that our human eyes can’t even detect. To us they appear as three colors fading on and off automatically at different times of the day – soft red light in the morning, daylight white in the day and cool blue in the evening.
But don’t worry if you want total darkness when Avo is on there’s an override switch to turn the lights off until the next day. The heating is taken care of too, a temperature of 27°C (80.6°F) is automatically maintained. This is the perfect temperature for most tropical fish. The heating elements are also cleverly positioned to create convection currents, helping the nutrients get efficiently to the roots of the plants.
No water changes. The fish, plants and bacteria work together to create a balanced micro-ecosystem. The harmful ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are removed from the water meaning the water never needs changing.
No filter cleaning. I’ve perfected a filtration system that is both natural and self-maintaining. The filter system is a moving bed filter system, this means the filter cleans itself so no filter cleaning ever. “
So if you think Avo is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Avo become a reality.