View Mobile Site


show nav
View Desktop Site



Floating Garden, a new freshwater aquarium concept by Benjamin Graindorge and Duende Studio, tackles waste management, the primary concern of aquariums, with an innovative, 100% natural filtering system.

By enlisting two forms of natural filtration, gravel-bed filtration and aquaponics, the set-up removes nitrates, thereby eliminating the need for harmful chemicals and frequent water changes.

In the first instance, tank water flows over a tray where it passes through a thin layer of river sand, which forms a host environment for the aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to transform azote into nitrates. Nitrate-enriched water then flows over a layer of plant life, whose substratum of roots serve to extract the nitrates, both feeding the plants and purifying the water.


Floating Garden will be available in a plastic and ceramic production version beginning in the spring of 2010. For serious aquatic aesthetes, a limited series of 10 prototypes will be produced through rapid prototyping and offered with a tinted glass aquarium (price on demand). The prototype will be on view and available for special order at Forum Diffusion beginning 25 June 2009.


Get Cool Hunting delivered to your inbox every weekday morning