Paul Hodson is the owner of Tropix Aquaponics, makers AquaBottle and BettaBottle, the only battery powered aquariums made out of 95% recycled or biodegradable materials that are lightweight, compact, portable, self sustaining, and 3D printed.


What is your earliest maker memory?

I created an aquarium out of a soda bottle by cutting a 2-liter bottle in half and tying it together with string. I used a drinking straw for the intake.


What do you enjoy most about being a maker?

I like working with my hands. I especially enjoy the process of 3D printing and soldering.


What’s your big audacious goal?

I plan to have at least one retail Tropix Aquaponics store in Fort Collins.


What do you want to accomplish in the next one to two years?

We want to raise enough money to have a commercial space so we can mass produce aquariums.


What is your biggest challenge?

Creating a 3D design that worked. I went through prototype after prototype without success. It took about two-years of trail and error to perfect a design I liked and that worked well.


What is something that would surprise people about you?

I can solder individual pins as small as 1/32″ without bridging (connecting) them.


You can purchase Tropix Aquaponics supplies and build your own aquarium with Paul’s assistance at the 2017 Denver Maker Faire on October 14-15 at the Denver Mart. For more information and tickets go to