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  1. I raise tilapia and other species in indoor recirculating systems in my basement. This year it's been much cooler than normal outside so I haven't removed them from their winter indoor tank and liberated them into my outdoor ponds for weed control yet. The other day the wife and I noticed the house smelled and I traced it to the tilapia tank in the basement. I don't believe I've had this issue with my other species or it may be a matter of the fish load in the tilapia tank which is quite high. Did a major water change of both my basement tanks (other tank has black crappie and bluegills) and cleaned the respective filters although I clean the mechanical filters on a weekly basis. Odor has gone away at least for the time being.
  2. Joe, Thanks for the reply. It's definitely a possibility that oxygen goes down as the fish load increases. The system I use for the fish other than the trout hatching and rearing consists of a circular tank with a bottom center drain that I can pull a knife gate valve on the floor to flush any wastes around it due to the diffuser mounted above the bottom drain that pushes water up and down the sides of the circular tank and back to the drain area. My solids filter consists of a 55 gallon blue drum packed with netting that captures solids via a 2 inch PVC siphon into it from the fish tank which of course runs continuously. A small mag drive pump that sits on top of the filler material pumps water to another 55 gallon blue drum (moving bed biofilter), which consists of a membrane diffuser in the bottom center that constantly moves plastic media up the center of the drum back down the sides. This overflows back into the fish tank to complete the cycle. I change about 50 gallons of water whenever I drain the solids filter drum to facilitate hosing off fish wastes off of the netting. Depending on the fish load and size his can be as little as once a week to once every few days.
  3. Turns out Mr. Osprey had to give it a try out of desperation and got tangled in the line. Fortunately I was able to get him out uninjured and he hasn't been back since. Probably due to the bad experience. I was also told he would migrate south some October and he probably did. The lines are definitely going back up in the spring!
  4. by running monofilament fishing line marked with orange duck tape tabs over he water and criss crossing it with other line. Seems to have done the job as they have left it alone.
  5. I'm sure the Dura skrim liner works for someone but mine has been nothing but a PITA for me. I thought it was my bulkhead fittings that caused my raft tank to leak but after adding addtiional gaskets and tightening them as much as possible it's apparently not the case. I can't find any holes but I do have a seam where two pieces were put together and I strongly suspect that is where my leak is. Wasn't crazy about how stiff the material is either. No blame on anyone just won't use this stuff again. How have your experiences been if you use it?
  6. I bought 3000 eggs which is their minimum. 1000 each, brook, brown, and tiger trout. The eggs and overnight FedEx shipping was under $300.00.
  7. They can and will physically ship the eggs Fed Ex anywhere in the U.S. The problem is you have to have permission from your Fish & Game department. May be O.K. if kept inside? I know a guy in Michigan though that was requited to destroy the char as he didn't get permission. There is also a minimum size order. If you want trout eggs either diploid or triploid brook, brown, or tigers this is where I get my eggs (with permission from my DNR). https://coldspringstroutfarm.com/activities/category/trout-egg-sales/
  8. Trout Lodge sells Arctic char eggs. https://www.troutlodge.com/en/
  9. BTW that whole deep state thing is just what it sounds like - a conspiracy theory. I can't believe you buy into it. Sounds like something Sean Hannity cooked up who is the biggest douche bag next to Trump. The man laughs all the way to the bank as he just makes stuff up for gullible people to buy into to keep his ratings up.
  10. O.K. lets forget about personal. Lets talk about skills that are needed as president of the United States. He has poor leadership skills, he hires people that don't remotely have the prerequisites for the job, and he doesn't even have the balls to fire people in person. And then there's the lack of self discipline. He can't keep his trap shut on Twitter regardless of the harm it will do to him and the country. And his word can't be trusted as he changes his mind faster than a speeding ticket. These are not qualities we want in a president! HIs most admired leaders in the world are dictators - Putin and Erdogan. You can shout constitution all you want but Trump would do away with it if he could. As far as the FBI, it's very telling that they were well respected by the right until Trump came along and they started investigating potential collusion with Russia. All of a sudden they were the bad guys. Trump doesn't make a pimple on Mueller's ass, and he sure didn't serve his country when asked to while Mueller was distinguishing himself in Vietnam in the Marine Corps. You should at least respect Mueller for his service as you are a marine vs. a rich brat whose daddy kept hm from serving. Can you answer me a question? If Obama would have done half of what Trump has done and said, wouldn't you be screaming from the roof tops! Be honest!
  11. Obama and Trump are the same? WTF?! What are you smoking? Did Obama get married 4 X because he cheated on every wife including the present one? Did Obama brag about "grabbing pussy" and is being sued by countless women for sexual assault? Did just about every cabinet member and aid around him either resign, been fired, or been indicted under Obama? Did Obama brag about how great he is from day one? Did Obama appoint people to positions that are totally unqualified or just family members? Did Obama change his mind ever 24 hours on major decisions or praise a man that was responsible for hacking into our government and meddling in our election? As far as you can keep your doctor comment I'm not sure I see that is a lie. You see rather than depend on Fox News to tell me it was a lie, I know numerous folks that are on the PPACA (Obama Care) and none of them lost their doctor. Not one. The economy never took off under Obama? Absolutely untrue. He started his term after one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression and it only got better as it was near rock bottom. The following graph shows that. Just because the blowhard in chief takes all the credit doesn't make it so. https://www.factcheck.org/2017/09/obamas-final-numbers/ Trump has nothing to do with "little rocket man" working with South Korea. It's the South Koreans that are doing all the heavy lifting and Trump just yells stupid threats from the sidelines and takes credit.
  12. I would assume anything on the web can be more easily hacked? That's how Russian hackers got into power plants etc here in the U.S.
  13. Wife says: 1. Don't use one that is only web based. 2. Buy a program that you download and keep on your computer. 3. Wife really likes one called 1Password that's available for Mac, Apple, and phones.
  14. I wish I could help but I'm nowhere near an expert in this bigdaddy. I'll ask the wife and her colleague at school as they know a lot about this kind of thing.
  15. We are going into spring up here in the northern hemisphere as you are going into fall. Just curious what your summer was like. Above average temps, or below? Precipitation above or below? Just like the last few years our spring doesn't want to come. Below average temps and some places are getting record spring snowfalls. ?
  16. I have tilapia in my basement tank that I never heat in the winter anymore. It's cool enough down there I have to wear a sweater when I work in the taxidermy shop. Unfortunately my temp gauge is no longer accurate, but the water definitely feels cool to the touch. I'm guesstimating lower 60's F. Fish feed well once a day.
  17. The filtration I use with my small scale recirculation systems, consists of garden netting packed in a drum with water coming into the bottom of the drum from the fish tank due to displacement created by a small pump on top of the drum pulling it out to the biofilter. The feed into the bottom of the drum from the fish tank consists of a 2 inch pic "u tube" siphon. Anyway, when feeding fingerlings several times a day my present filtration does not do as good a job as it does with larger fish. I have cheapy cartridge filter and pump laying around that came with a 12 foot Intex pool. I've never used it and use the pool as a holding tank when seining fish. Was thinking I could pump the intake line into the side of the clarifier drum near the top where the cleanest water is and then discharge it back in. Since quite a bit of filtration already takes place this shouldn't overload the cartridge filter? The cartridges are supposed to be rinsable up to a certain extent and can be bought by the dozen dirt cheap. Thoughts?
  18. Pond is ready to add the broodstock as soon as water temps permit and the rotenone treatment detoxifies thanks to a friend with an applicators license. Didn't want to waste water and pump up new water when I can remove any existing fish with rotenone. Will get the male white crappies and female black crappies via angling in the next few weeks.
  19. I've definitely decided to produce feed trained hybrid crappies (Pomoxis nigromaculatus X Pomoxis annularis) this spring. Produced black crappies (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) previously, but albeit they are feed trained I'm not that impressed with their condition factors and growth. And I've come to the realization that the really monster size crappies I get in to mount as a fish taxidermist are natural hybrids. It seems 100 percent of the 17 to 21 inch crappies I get in are natural hybrids. Literature says the hybrids grow faster the first two years also. My black crappies are inside in an RAS but probably won't have the correct photoperiod and temps to use as broodfish, and I'm really not set up to produce those parameters. So will get my female black crappies from a local natural lake as in before and I have access to a reservoir a couple of hours away I will catch my white crappies (Pomoxis annularis) males from. Would like to do manual spawning indoors, start on rotifers graduating to artemis and then feed train all in a tank, but don't really have the tank space. So will plant 5 to 10 broodfish in a fertilized 1/10th acre pond and let them do their thing. Five male white crappies and five female black crappies. Unlike with the previous black crappies I will NOT add fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) for the broodstock. They ended up competing with the crappie fry! Here's a great publication to read if this interests you: https://srac.tamu.edu/serveFactSheet/277
  20. Good luck Brian. Hope you get 'er done. Doesn't feel much like spring up here. Highs mostly in the 30's and 40's. May even get into he 50's! Water so far is staying in the upper 30's. Even too cold for good growth for the 400 plus trout in my biggest pond.
  21. How many of you knew the last time we had a trade war on a global basis is it was followed by the Great Depression? Experts say it my not have been the entire reason for the GD but it sure contributed to it. Look up the Smoot Hawley Act if you want to read more.
  22. He's an idiot that has the attention span of a toddler. He knows nothing about economics and lies on a daily basis. We might as well have elected Joe Blow down he street. Well actually we might have done better with Joe Blow. Businessman? We have a "businessman" that has filed bankruptcy at least 6 times as our president now. God help us. And we don't even know how much he's worth as although he promised to release his tax returns during the campaign, we've seen nothing. As far as we know he could be on the verge of bankruptcy again or owes millions to people like Russian oligarchs. His son in law the son of a convicted felon does.
  23. http://www.theshovel.com.au/2018/02/25/us-lifeguards-to-carry-sharks/