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Fish Tank Farms

Rob Maslin's 'Free Lunch' Uses Fish to Help Grow Food

— October 9, 2010 — Lifestyle
Rob Maslin is the designer behind the inventive and thought-provoking fish tank known as 'Free Lunch.' Free Lunch is one part fish tank and one part herb and vegetable garden.

The fish and plants in Rob Maslin's Free Lunch have a symbiotic relationship. The plants filter out the waste water that the fish produce, which in turn helps them grow and keeps the tank clean. A standard-sized tank could support a small herb garden on a four-week cycle. Everyone wins with Rob Maslin's Free Lunch.
Trend Themes
1. Aquaponics Systems - Entrepreneurs could create eco-friendly, space-saving, and self-sustaining aquaponics systems for both commercial and residential use.
2. Modular Hydroponic Units - Companies could develop modular hydroponic units that can be easily assembled and customized based on the needs of the user.
3. Sustainable Urban Agriculture - There is potential for businesses to invest and innovate in sustainable urban agriculture practices, such as using vacant lots and rooftops for community gardens and farms.
Industry Implications
1. Aquaculture Industry - The aquaculture industry could benefit from aquaponics systems by creating more environmentally-friendly and efficient ways of farming fish and other aquatic creatures.
2. Agricultural Technology Industry - Farm technology companies could expand their lines to include hydroponic and aquaponic technology, allowing for growth in indoor, urban, and small-scale farming.
3. Real Estate Industry - The real estate industry could explore opportunities to incorporate sustainable urban agriculture practices into their properties, such as creating green roofs and community gardens as amenities.
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