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  2. Thanks Gary. We really hate to give up the hatchery, but I have been burning the candle at both ends for many years, and it's time to simplify things. My biggest concern is finding someone who will run it well and enjoy it and benefit from it as much as we have. This will also eventually free up some time for me to dedicate a lot more attention to some other AP and iAVS projects I've been wanting to do for a very long time, and allow me to spend a lot more time on the forum.
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  4. Hi Found another one, last week Took me 2 hours to clean it propperly But it was a nice load to parboil End product 1,2 kg for the freezer A really nice flavour full mushroom yum yum cheers
  5. Hi Kellen, A big step for you and Sarah. Best of luck with the sale. Gary
  6. Hello Murray, I also like the idea of combining re-purposed swimming pools with wicking beds...while also using them to grow fish. Swimming pools excite me for the amount of rainwater that they can hold as much as anything else. Gary
  7. Those plants were seeds 31 days ago!!
  8. Hi Bryan Nice looking system Welcome to APN/HQ cheers
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  10. Hello Everyone, My name is Bryan, I am the Program Director of the Electrical Trades Program and my local community collage and I started an aquaponics system as a way show students "process control" we have a one, 2 55 gallon barrel setup going right now and have the material to make 4 more set ups. This system also allows students to produce organic vegetables for the student food bank. We are growing snow peas, radishes, lettuce, and tomatoes right now and have bull head, shiner minnow and 3 spices of gold fish. We figured we would get the system dialed in before we added edible fish. Coolest thing for us is our system is 100% automated, after we hit the start button and input fish food, system is hands off.
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  12. I had another heron on the big pond yesterday evening. Had a small trout or yellow perch in his mouth. Since I have two federal permits and one state permit to take herons out I got the shot gun out. Don't know why but he flew off apparently unscathed. I should have hit him. It was raining pellets all around and behind him. Proabably went through the feathers as there is not much to these birds but feathers and skin and bones. Should have been closer but it's hard to get very close to these birds. If I put the fear of Cecil into the bird and it won't come back that is fine with me. I'd prefer not to kill them.
  13. Hey Andy if he was raising Arctic char like you have up your way it might not be so bad.
  14. I've moved 108 male brook trout, 218 female brook trout, 71 brown trout, and 70 tiger trout to the biggest pond on the property. Total of 467 trout. Only a handful left in the original trout pond that come up for feed. Will probably get them out via hook and line. The following are the only pictures I have as one day a friend helped and he had a cell phone. The next day I was on my own and nothing to take a photo with. Brown Trout Another Tiger Trout
  15. White Brook Tilapia Farm is for Sale! After a decade of successful business, we have decided it is time to work towards simplifying a bit, and to begin the process of looking for a new steward for White Brook Tilapia Farm. Don’t worry, we intend to continue normal operations until we find a suitable person or entity to take over, so orders will not be impacted in any way, and the phones will still be answered by a helpful friendly voice when you need us. Bottom line is we’re here for you, and that commitment is not changing. We have thoroughly enjoyed this venture, and boy has the time flown by. It has been an enormous blessing having the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people, and the friendships we have made through our involvement in the aquaculture and aquaponics communities will last a lifetime. It’s just time for us to start winding down some of our commitments, so we can focus more specifically on others - including family, friends, other business and farm commitments, and maybe a little more leisure time (we’ll see about that last one). Assets included in the sale: 1. All related branding, the domain name, logos and e-commerce website. Optionally, we have several additional tilapia and aquaculture domain names available as well. 2. Our entire inventory of tilapia breeders. This includes all 5 strains that we manage and sell. In total, probably about 230 breeders. 3. About 100 aquariums consisting of 40 gallon breeders, 55 gallon standards and 75 gallon standards all drilled with bulkhead fittings for centralized filtration. Also numerous smaller nursery tanks and holding tanks. 4. Hatchery equipment – McDonald style hatching jars, UV sterilizers, pumps, filters, etc. 5. Established retail customer base – Existing clientele and sales. 6. Established drop ship customer base – We drop ship fish for some other companies as well. 7. Vendor and supplier lists – We’ve already done the legwork of finding reliable low cost suppliers for shipping supplies, heavily discounted shipping rates, etc. 8. Training on how to properly handle, prepare and package live fish for transport. 9. Disease free inspection certificate (required for legal shipping of live tilapia in the US). 10. Non-competition agreement – We will no longer breed tilapia fingerlings to sell once the sale of the business assets are finalized and paid for. Please contact us at regarding asking price, or to request further details. Best Wishes, Kellen Weissenbach Founder
  16. One thing that members have done in the past successfully is raise a cold water fish in winter such as trout and then switch to a warmer water fast growing fish in summer. Then they only have to keep the water from freezing point. The plants that I've tried to grow, don't do well in water temps below 55F, so also consider what plants you wish to grow in the winter if minimally or not heating the water.
  17. Hi FWRF Ther is a few members that has grown them, first that pops up in my mind is I did a search on crayfish, with him as author, and got 25 hits here cheers
  18. Has anyone tried having these little cloners in their systems? We ran a few of them in our indoor system a while back, and they seemed to really thrive. And when they had their offspring, the fish had a bonanza of free food...
  19. Hi again Just remember that all fish strugle with temp swings, so keeping them inside a green/hoop house might mean trouble come summer. So my advice is to keep the fish tank in the ground and/or a separate room, with good insulation including a insulated lid, to protect from the cold/heat/swings. Before buying/investing in any heating equipment, figure out letal uper/lower limit, and ideal temp (best growth) on specie of choise. If you go ornamental some fish can do fine on idle (no growth/feeding), during the winter season If you go for fish to consume (eat) you can buy larger and harwest, when the cold or heat is to costly to handle. cheers
  20. We haven't decided on what fish, yet. Had a smaller proof of concept in the basement for about a year with just pet store goldfish for a while, before finding a local source of hybrid striped bass (whom is not out of business, dammit) and no supplemental heat. Worked OK, but, we are looking at a much larger, more commercial-ish system... and are still doing our due diligence... #cheers!
  21. Hi FWRF I doubt that deicer is usefull to heat the tank, it turns off automaticaly once the temp. goes above 32F. So to keep a hole in the icesheet it's OK, but no good as a heater, in particular if you plan for blue tilapia. You need a heater with a thermostat that can be adjusted up above minimum letal temp. for the specie of choise. cheers
  22. Horse troughs make good fishtanks also
  23. These are the exact same ones we use in the horse troughs...
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  25. Electric heaters can cost you in electricity/money considerably, A propane instant water heater can be rigged to circulate through pipe in the fish tank and that can give you precise control, but again $$$. For low cost, solar water heater works out to be the cheapest, but you have the least control and amount of heating can vary widely. You're in a place that can get pretty cold in the winter. How warm are you trying to keep the water over outside temps? Points to consider. 1. copper coils in heaters/water heaters can release copper ions into the water and become toxic to your fish. There are variables such as water hardness, pH, and the kind of fish your raising that makes the copper more or less dangerous. You might do fine with copper or you might start loosing fish one or two at a time to poisoning. 2. If you flood and drain a grow bed filled with large pore media such as gravel or hydroton, the bed will act as a radiator and radiate your heat, so limiting flood cycles at night is very important if you want to retain heat. 3. If your not real careful , your fish can cost you $100 each due to heating. Best of luck with your adventure.
  26. Wow, you are light years ahead! I'm just trying to grow mushrooms as part of my aquaponics system.
  27. Greetings to all! Nice to see this thread still going... This work with leguminous woody plants progressed into developing updraft gasifiers where i not only energize my farm but produce +/- 90% pure Biochar. My feedstock of choice is Acacia Saligna (Port Jackson) and Acacia Cyclops (Rooikrans) which is regarded as invasive in South Africa. The larger pieces are sold off as fire wood and the rest is chipped for Biochar and compost making. I use the leaves and young stalks for animal feed- the process is to chip them and inoculate with Grey Oyster spawn, i do this in 1 cubic meter containers in a warm environment (heat from my gasifier) roughly 24 degrees C. After about three weeks i remove about a quarter for my next batch, then fill the container with water and seal it, heat up to about 50 C. I allow this to go for about four days - this is called Hydrolysis which is the first of four stages of bio digestion. The idea is that the mycelium has broken down about 30% the the lignin which allows access to the amino acids etc. protected by the lignin you can call it stored energy! Putting it through Hydrolysis breaks up the polymers of the sugars - when the process is complete i drain and use the water on my compost, let the gestate dry and have a 24-26% protein feed for my free range pigs, also makes a great fish feed! I found using the biochar as a filter more effective ( once saturated put in garden and replace filter) and i do fill a few bags of inoculated substreight for mushroom growing. A neighbors farm is heavily encroached with Port Jackson and Acacia Cyclops - probably has enough for me to buy the farm if i use it all turning it into Energy, Carbon and Protein. Much Regards Luke
  28. I'll use a humidity tent over the grow bed and flood and drain for fruiting. This has worked well for fruiting 5 gallon cakes on top of a flood and drain grow bed using a simple humidity tent.
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