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Self Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food – Prototyped on Objet Connex!


Fathom is a California-based product development company with their very own Objet Connex500 and Eden260 3D printers.

Just a few days ago they very kindly shared with us a great story about a project called ‘Back to the Roots’. Founded by two graduates, Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora, the project has developed a home farming aquaponics system. Essentially, they’ve created a very domesticated self-cleaning fish tank that has the added benefit of growing food fit for us humans to eat!

The entire tank and hood of the system was prototoyped on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer using the VeroClear transparent material for the aquarium body and the VeroWhitePlus material for the hood.

Take a look at the video below for the full story as told by Alejandro and Nikhil themselves (in the second half of the film):

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green is Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions at Stratasys.


  • This is awesome! I want one!! When is it going to be available to the market… I live in SF…

    Kudos to you guys.. Didn’t know those mushroom kits all over town were yours! Keep up the amazing work:)

    Purvi Sahu xx

  • This looks amazing! 😀 Wonder how easily the fish is fed and I hope it will be available in the UK. Only recently started reading up about 3D printing and am amazed! Looking forward to reading more of your posts to get a start about how to get into it.

  • This is certainly one of the best options when it comes to self cleaning aquariums. The price to performance ratio is really great, so choosing this is a no-brainer in this price range. It’s a surprise really that such a simple and effective technique took so many years to be implemented, and that too by only two creative dudes. Kudos to Back to the Roots for this gem of an aquarium!

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