How to Set Up Your Water Garden

The Water Garden combines a 3-gallon fish tank with a gardening grow bed into one closed-loop system that fits easily on any kitchen counter. Learn how to set yours up here!

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How to Set Up Your Water Garden
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Rinse your tank, grow bed, and grow lid with water.

Rinse your tank, grow bed, and grow lid with water.

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Check to make sure your submersible water pump is switched to the low (-) setting.

Check to make sure your submersible water pump is switched to the low (-) setting.

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3
Attach one end of the black flexible tubing to the elbow of your submersible water pump.

Attach one end of the black flexible tubing to the elbow of your submersible water pump.

4
Wet the suction cups with water and place the pump inside your tank with the vent facing down. Stick the pump to the bottom of the tank's back panel (side with the notch in it).

Wet the suction cups with water and place the pump inside your tank with the vent facing down. Stick the pump to the bottom of the tank's back panel (side with the notch in it).

5
Wash gravel thoroughly with warm water.

Wash gravel thoroughly with warm water.

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Fill tank with room temperature water and add ~1/2 capful of dklor to the tank.   Float the container you bought your fish in (with fish inside) in the tank water for 15 minutes.

Fill tank with room temperature water and add ~1/2 capful of dklor to the tank. Float the container you bought your fish in (with fish inside) in the tank water for 15 minutes.

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Gently release your fish from the container into the tank water.

Gently release your fish from the container into the tank water.

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Thread the pump cord and tube through the openings in the grow bed. Bend the tub and nestle it into the tube groove. Run the cord out of the back notch in the tank.

Thread the pump cord and tube through the openings in the grow bed. Bend the tub and nestle it into the tube groove. Run the cord out of the back notch in the tank.

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Plug pump into outlet to turn on. Water will begin to flow horizontally into the grow bed.

Plug pump into outlet to turn on. Water will begin to flow horizontally into the grow bed.

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Attach the grow lid to the grow bed. The 4 corner tabs on the lid should fit snuggly inside the grow bed.

Attach the grow lid to the grow bed. The 4 corner tabs on the lid should fit snuggly inside the grow bed.

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Fill your 5 plant pots evenly with Growstones and rinse each filled pot thoroughly under warm water.

Fill your 5 plant pots evenly with Growstones and rinse each filled pot thoroughly under warm water.

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Pour the entire Zym Bac bottle evenly over all of the Growstones.

Pour the entire Zym Bac bottle evenly over all of the Growstones.

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Planting Wheatgrass & Sprouts:   Soak seeds in water overnight. After soaking, place one dense layer of seeds on top of the Growstones - a spoon helps!

Planting Wheatgrass & Sprouts: Soak seeds in water overnight. After soaking, place one dense layer of seeds on top of the Growstones - a spoon helps!

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Planting other herbs:  After soaking place 5-10 seeds in each plant pot. It's ok if a few fall through the gaps in the Growstones! After sprouting, thin to 2 plants per pot

Planting other herbs: After soaking place 5-10 seeds in each plant pot. It's ok if a few fall through the gaps in the Growstones! After sprouting, thin to 2 plants per pot

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