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EcoQube C: An End to End Guide Part 2

Posted by Kevin Land on


The EcoQube C is the world’s most compact and maintenance free aquarium. We designed our product to be as intuitive and simple to use, a stress free way of adding a window to nature to your home or office. This guide will cover everything you need to know and more to ensure that you have the best experience possible with your EcoQube C.

Part two will cover how to get the ecosystem of your EcoQube C going and how to prepare it for adding animals. For the rest of the guide follow these links:

Part 1: Setting up your EcoQube C 

Part 3: Filling your EcoQube C with Life 

Part 4: Maintaining your Ecosystem


 Part 2: Starting your Ecosystem


Once you’re happy with your setup, it’s time to add water to your Qube. (Remember: the EcoQube gets much heavier filled with water, so place it in its final location before filling it.) For the EcoQube, and indeed all aquariums, DO NOT USE UNFILTERED TAP WATER. Tap water can contain harmful particles that could be toxic to your aquatic animals or plants. We recommend using Reverse Osmosis Filtered water or high quality bottled water. Fill the EcoQube C up to the “Minimum water fill line” sticker, about 90% of the tank.

Once the tank is filled with water, it is time to plug in the EcoQube and run the pump. Plug the wall adapter into a socket and attach the splitter cable. Then attach the LED cable and the pump cable to the two ends of the splitter cable. The pump should begin working immediately, cycling water through the tank and the aquaponic filter.

Planting the Seeds

Your EcoQube C came with a plant medium already placed inside the net pot on the top of the aquarium (circled above.) The plant medium is a white, spongy cube through which the roots of your terrestrial plant will grow. Your EcoQube C also came with basil seeds to plant in the plant medium. The seeds are in a small bag along with a silica pack, located in the net pot, right on top of the plant medium. To plant the seeds, all you need to do place 1-4 seeds on the plant medium (white sponge). Water will be absorbed through the sponge and feed the seeds. Basil seeds should sprout in about about 1 - 2 weeks.


(NOTE: There are hundreds of variables that go into plant growth, and no guarantee that every seed will sprout or that every sprout will grow. A way to circumvent stunted basil growth or to speed up the process is to splice an already grown basil plant into the EcoQube C. Check out our blog post on how to splice herbs like basil!)


Continue with Part 3, Filling your EcoQube with Life


Helpful Videos and Resources


Setting it up:

Tips for maintaining:

How to use the remote if you have one:

Our set up:



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