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About Cecil

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  • Birthday 12/05/57

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    Fish Taxidermist, aquaculturitst, freelance writer. Avid reader and tinkerer.
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    Anything related to fish, political debate

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    Ligonier, Indiana USA
  1. Thank you Ande. My mother-in-law was sweetheart and fun to be with. And she liked me! Not a lot of son-in-laws can say that! She fought kidney failure for the last two years and a heart attack and subsequent congestive heart failure was the final coup de grace. For those of you that have high blood pressure, you need to do what it takes to bring it down. It will destroy your kidneys and other organs, and dialysis three times a week is no picnic even for the toughest people.
  2. Probably won't be selling some of the fish to the prospective buyer for his pond. His new pond is having turbidity issues and I have referred him to a source for larger rainbows. From my experience the smaller trout do not tolerate turbidity well especially if it is continuous. No big deal as I will hold on to more trout and/l or plant more in a local stream with a blessing from the department of natural resources (permit required.)
  3. The cool thing is now that they are free swimming in the tank, I am not seeing the waste on the bottom of the tank I did when they were in the cage. The movement of the fish and the side drain - plus purging the bottom drain at least twice a day -- is removing solids, and moving the rest to the filters. When I drain the fish tank down to a few inches, and replace with fresh water, there isn't much waste left around the drain. What little there is, is pushed into the drain with a small aquarium net to be sucked out. They are also now actively swimming against the centripetal flow created by the discharge from the sand and gravel filter and the discharge from the chiller. This not only reduces their effort to get oxygen (ram ventilation), but it keeps them occupied and less likely to fin nip etc. And they are evenly distributed in the water column. I will include a couple more photos when I get the chance and access to the wife's iPhone camera. She is out of town right now due to the passing of my mother-in-law.
  4. Trout are between 3 and 4 inches. Feeding well every three hours. Act like they can't get enough to eat at feeding time. No illness but some seem to have slightly short gill covers. Could be genetic, a vitamin deficiency, or damage from moving them. One expert said the gills covers on the ends are very transparent at this stage so they may just look that way. They are now free swimming in the tank vs. a floating cage in the tank. Some will go into the outside pond in a couple of weeks, some will be sold, and the rest will be planting in a nearby stream with permission from my department of natural resources. I had to put a screen on top of the tank. I've had a few jump out!
  5. Thanks Ande.
  6. Don't think so. They are asking for publications.
  7. Thanks Ande I saw that. I'd like to join that group but it appears I need a published academic research paper to do so.
  8. Another picture:
  9. Trout are now in the three inch range. Look healthy but I'm concerned I may be seeing short gill covers on some. This could be due to a lot of things like water quality issues, inbreeding, pecking, damage from handling, or a vitamin deficiency. If it is an issue I'm hoping it's reversible once I get them into the pond.
  10. Trump had major investments in the pipeline. Of course he sold them off just before becoming president. We know where his interests lie though. The man is a walking conflict of interest. How anyone can believe this man is for other than coporate interests is beyond me.
  11. Ammonia is no longer an issue (reads zero), but nitrites remain high. Apparently the addition of NACL and the ammonia/nitrite/ nitrate remover is alleviating that as the fish don't seen to be bothered and are feeding well several time a day along with good growth. I'm not seeing any pathology or clinical systems of methemoglobinemia aka brown blood disease. I'm hoping that since ammonia has dropped to zero the nitrites will soon follow suit.
  12. You're in the lounge category, not aquaponics.
  13. It's all over. Big money won and the buffoon we elected for president had the final say. Native Americans once again get screwed.
  14. I think EPDM are fine as long as you scrub them down or age in water before using. As was eluded to in the research they may come with anti sticking agents etc. I know shrimp farmers that use Intex pools and don't even scrub them and claim they have never had any issues. I've used Intex pools for holding fish while seining and did not have any issues.
  15. Did not. I'm so concerned with stressing them I just moved them as fast as possible. i will get a count when i move them to the pond in a month or so. Still far more than I need and hope that the two species and hybrid are well represented in numbers. I will wait until they are at about 14 weeks post hatch before moving them to the pond, to play it safe as far as the potential of Whirling Disease (Myxobolus cerebralis). It's a remote chance that there are the correct species of Tubifex worms in the bottom mud that could release the protozoan parasite, but want to play it safe. No WD reported in my state of Indiana but due to almost no natural reproduction of trout in Indiana due to a lack of the correct habitat I doubt anyone has been testing.